Poll: What Is The First Chord Of Walk Don't Run? Winners Announced

Discussion in 'What's left to Talk About?' started by Tyrannocaster, Dec 7, 2017.

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What is the first chord in Walk, Don't Run (Ventures version)

  1. Am

  2. Emaj

  3. Amaj

  4. C6

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  1. Tyrannocaster

    Tyrannocaster Well-Known Member

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    I used to win drinks in bars all the time with this...only I couldn't drink them, because alcohol really messes up my ability to play.

    Note: I am talking about the Ventures' first version of the tune (the second one [WDR '64] doesn't even have a chord at the beginning), NOT Johnny Smith's original version. But the Ventures' version got thousands of American kids to start playing guitar so an awful lot of them think they know how it goes. Most of them are wrong. Are you?
     
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  2. Tyrannocaster

    Tyrannocaster Well-Known Member

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    Bump for Bob Bogle and his Jazzmaster
     
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    Tyrannocaster Well-Known Member

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    Well I ain't never heard it but I ain't a coward neither, so I voted like a good citizen. Muricah.
     
  5. Tiga

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    I play it with an A minor.
     
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    Oops- I goofed and clicked C6 instead of Amaj.

    I always preferred the original to the '64 remake, but here's a great version they did in the '70s:
     
  7. Tyrannocaster

    Tyrannocaster Well-Known Member

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    Cool, Mel Taylor with Beatles hair, Nokie playing a custom Whatever with no vibrato arm, and Don playing a JM. I like Bob's lead playing in the early group a lot, even though Nokie was better technically. They recorded a lot of formula crap, but they showed real creativity at times, and their In Space album is a genuine classic, influencing people like Keith Moon and even Zep (the bass part on Heartbreaker).

    I don't much care for the '64 version, either.
     
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    I also play it with an Am chord as the first chord. Not sure if it's right but it works for me (and the band).
     
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    Am

    I saw three of the four original Ventures (w/Dan Forte on Bass) sometime in the early '90s (I think) in a little club in Nashville. Absolutely killer show. Nokie Edwards was jaw dropping fantastic. His tuning, timing, and tone was unreal. A monster player. I would have loved to have seem them a dozen more times.
     
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    I saw them around '84 at the Golden Bear in Huntington Beach, CA. Gerry McGee was on lead, and I think Nokie and Bogle, and Mel Taylor on drums.
    They were fantastic; loved everything they played. I was a drummer all my life and that was one of the first songs I learned. Never get tired of it.
     
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    No idea without hearing it first
     
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    I voted Am only cause thats the way I learned the lesson on the YOutubez.
     
  13. Mickey

    Mickey Gandalf the Intonationer

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    Does it really matter? I've usually started it with either E or Am depending on which transitioned easier
    from whatever we were playing immediately before. :)
     
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    Well of course it matters if there's a Boilermaker at stake! [Insert beverage of choice]

    And the question isn't "How do YOU play it," it's "How did the Ventures play it?" If you're going to bet on something, it has to be something people are familiar with. (Or in this case, something they think they are familiar with.)
     
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    Tyrannocaster Well-Known Member

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    Interesting the Bob Bogle wasn't there, but I guess even Ventures have sick days or whatever.
     
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    I run...
     
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    Looks to me like he's playing a 6th string, E Form A major in this



    But, it could be minor too. Finger could be lifted over the 3rd string
     
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    I really believe in the original Ventures recording they used Am, but I have always used A major, just sounds better to me.
     
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    I would never stand on that little platform, move back and forth, and play a song. Within 45 seconds I'd be on my face.
     
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    He almost was, for a bit there.

    Is it totally bizarre that the drums are up front? I think so.
     
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