Always liked this old Mamas & Papas song and it works out quite well on harp.
Here is the tab of my take which includes the flute solo.
-2 = Draw hole 2 +4 = Blow hole 4 -3*= half step draw bend on Hole 3 -3**= Whole step draw bend on Hole 3 +4OB = overblow on hole 4 -2/-2**= Slide from one draw note to another (-4-5) draw notes 4&5 played together (-6gliss-4) = quick slide from draw 6 to draw 4
Here is the original recording--same as the M&P version except for the lead vocal and flute solo-- Please enjoy Barry McGuire's harmonica solo. Just found out that the intro guitar is PF Sloan--he was an interesting person.
Thx for posting. Very cool - I like - very unique take on all your pieces that you post. But I am confused - what key and position? Original in Dbm wasn't it? Or E? Sorry to ask… Your's is maybe in Gm with the All .... brown as the minor tonic of G and you are playing 2nd pos? Your backing track adjusted from Dbm to Gm?
Last Edited by Shaganappi on Oct 08, 2020 10:58 AM
@Grey Owl John played 12 string a lot--he definitely used a capo a lot. @dougharps Yes, but most of the chords would be barre chords--C#m B A B G#--sounds good, but requires that strong left hand--most folks don't use their left hand for much. And thanks again for being a prince and lending me your guitar at SPAH.
I enjoyed this song when it was first played on AM radio. I only heard the M & P version until now. I had only heard Barry McGuire on "Eve of Destruction". Nice expressive harp rendition of "California Dreamin"!
@gnarly I have a limited guitar skill set. I can't play clean barre chords and mainly play cowboy chords, so I would want to capo it, too.
I was driving to SPAH and was happy to bring a guitar along for the ride so you could play. Anyway, I think I owe it to my guitar to let actual guitar players use it on occasion. I think it behaves better for me after a decent player uses it. ----------
Last Edited by dougharps on Oct 11, 2020 5:52 AM
Thanks. Yep me too, I would definitely capo this. Coincidently, I just watched the first part of a two part documentary called Laurel Canyon last night, which featured intimate portraits of the artists who created a music revolution in the Laurel Canyon neighborhood of Los Angeles during the 1960s and 70s. Well worth a watch and of course it covered the M&P's and there was John playing California Dreamin on Capo4.