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PostPosted: Mon Jan 01, 1990 1:01 am
  

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Coming Into Los Angeles
words and music by Arlo Guthrie

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Date: Fri, 21 Aug 1998 23:11:00 +0200
From: TekstRaffinement (beudeker@xs4all.nl)

As for "Coming Into Los Angeles", it starts out something like

verse:
Am      Am/G     D/F#      F       C     Esus4     E

 .  .   .  .     ___  .  .   ___ ___
/  /    /  /     / / / /   / /    / /   / / / /    / / / /

chorus:
Am      Am/G     D/F#   
Am      Am/G     D/F#   
Am      Am/G     D/F#   F    C    Esus4    E

Where the chords are

Am       0 0 2 2 1 0
Am/G     3 0 2 2 1 0
D/F#     2 0 0 2 3 2
C   3 3 2 0 1 0
F       1 3 3 2 1 1
E         0 2 2 1 0 0
Esus4   0 2 2 2 0 0



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{title:Coming into Los Angeles}
{st:Arlo Guthrie}

[Am]Coming in from London from [D]over the pole
[F]Flying in a [C]big air[E]liner
[Am]Chickens flyin everywhere a[D]round the plane
[F]Could we ever [C]feel much [E]finer

{c:Chorus}
       [Am]Coming into Los Ange[D]les
       [Am]Bringing in a couple of [D]keys
       [Am]Don't touch my bags if you [D]please Mr. [F]Customs [C]man  [E]

[Am]There's a guy with a ticket to [D]Mexico
[F]No he couldn't [C]look much [E]stranger
[Am]Walking in the hall with his [D]things and all
[F]Smiling said he [C]was the Lone [E]Ranger

{c:Chorus}

[Am]Hip woman walking on the [D]moving floor
[F]Tripping on the [C]esca[E]lator
[Am]There's a man in the line and she's [D]blowing his mind
[F]Thinking that he's [C]already [E]made her

{c:Chorus}


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 03, 2008 5:11 am
  

Hi all,

I am a new to this forum and new to guitar. I have been trying to figure out how to finger the AM/G chord in "Coming into Los Angeles". And it has driven me crazy enough to come out of lurk mode, register and *gulp* ask for help.

So tell me: How do you hold down an Am and finger the third fret on the E string at the same time? Neither my little ol' pinky, nor my fat ol' thumb can reach.

Also I noticed that Arlo plays this with a capo'ed second fret. Does this change any of the shapes? For instance I watched the video of Arlo playing this song and I never saw a full barred F chord. So is it something else or the simple form of F?

Thank you for this site and any answers.

Dan D.


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Sometimes when it's written like that, it's not a blended chord, but a very quick change between the two...


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 29, 2010 10:19 am
  

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The comment about the blended chord is a good one.

But with practice you should be able to hold the E down with your pinky, while holding the balance of the Am chord.


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 29, 2010 10:34 am
  

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I don't have the guitar in front of me so....

Index finger on B string first fret (C).
Third Finger on G string second fret (A)
Second finger on D string second fret (E)
Fourth (pinky) finger on bass E string, third fret (G).

Try this to get used to variations on the moves.

Start without the pinky and then use it. Then you can pivot on second finger to make the barred F chord or play a D7 with the F# in the bass then the F and E7. The idea is to create a walking bass line. This is pretty common in rock and blues. So play the am with the A string bass, put the pinky down on G for the next chord, pivot and play the grande barr F, then slide down to make a suspended E and if you like, then the E7. Depending on the progression, the D or D7 will require you to pick up your hand just go there without a pivot.

If you've been playing with your pinky held away from the fret board, this is where that habit bites. Learn to curl the fingers (all) and keep them pretty close to the fretboard. Remember to NOT bend the wrist more than necessary and keep the thumb as square behind the neck as is comfortable.


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 29, 2010 10:41 am
  

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By the way, a reason for the second finger on the third string is all you have to do is pick up the pinky and then move the second finger to the six string second fret while leaving the first and third fingers where they are to get the D7 (mute the first string E or just don't play it).

Also, when you do that, try not to be on camera as it looks like the universal Hawaiian good luck sign.


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 29, 2010 10:46 am
  

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And yes, likely it is an F with a half-barre (index on first two strings) and the C in the bass (in figured bass, a 6/4 chord because the fifth degree is in the bass). This is very common particularly if you are using a C major to precede or follow the F in the progression.

So there are several options here depending on comfort and what the other musicians are doing. It's often desirable to play the F half barre if your bass player is playing roots, in other words, the bass player is playing the F on the first fret of the sixth string. It keeps the arrangement from getting muddy with doubled notes. On electric it matters more than acoustic.


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 02, 2010 3:36 pm
  

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Yup... Am (no capos these days). normal Am chord then add pinky to the third fret low E string - Then D9 (Am with middle finger moved to 2nd fret low E string), then F (not a bar E but thumb over the top), then C (gotta hit both the 5th and 6th strings with that one), then E (ring finger second fret third string - then off to make an E7).

Hope that helps
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 02, 2010 3:53 pm
  

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oh yeah that F is a good one -Thumb 1st fret 6th string - ring finger 3rd fret, both 4th and 5th strings, middle finger 2nd fret 3rd string and index finger both 1st and 2nd strings 1st fret. That keeps some people busy for a while :)


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 02, 2010 5:52 pm
  

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Maybe that's why it's called an "F"........ :?


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PostPosted: Sat Apr 03, 2010 9:56 am
  

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I think you're right :)


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 06, 2010 11:08 am
  

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I got beaten up for the thumb over when taking classical and never recovered. I can see why it works keeping the sustain on the other notes, but I just go for the grande barre and live with it. As arthritis has crept in, the half barre in first position is harder to manage. :cry:

Walking bass comps are a whole topic. A useful one from the dawg music days (for me) is the I vi ii V7 that is the standard jazz bass walk. Make the grand barre C playing the C in the bass (third fret), put the pinky down at sixth fret six string, pivot to an am at the fifth fret with with second finger on E sixth string, mute the a fifth string and e first string and play the am in the second, third and fourth, move the index to the fourth fret fifth string and slide up to make the d minor with muted d string and the rest like a D major (a jazz d minor form), move the index to G# on the sixth at fourth fret, then slide to G7 with the same form as the dm except on 6, 4, 3 and 2 strings.

The description is harder than the lick. It's a nice comp pattern for jamming in duo when there isn't a bass player to be found and for singing solo. A little cliched but serviceable.

Lately after studying your (ADG) licks in the drop D tuning, I'm getting really fond of the forms using the fourth finger in the bass and the walk up and down the sixth string. I just recorded a song I wrote 35 years ago for an old friend and used the techniques I've been learning from you because a) I was playing your music then and b) I can do it better now. So, thanks! You are still the best mentor, Arlo.


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 09, 2010 5:20 pm
  

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u make it sound so easy Arlo. But you always were good at doing that!

Smiles/ Rb


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 14, 2010 1:31 pm
  

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rbrown wrote:
u make it sound so easy Arlo. But you always were good at doing that!

Smiles/ Rb

make it sound easy :?: I tried to do it and got my fingers plus brain knotty :?


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 14, 2010 8:21 pm
  

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LOL Bridge. I play it the easy way. Might not be perfect, but it's good enough for me. Now if only I had someone to sing the damn thing... :arrow: :|


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