what key do you play "Angel" in?

Discussion in 'Recordings [BG]' started by nonsqtr, Jun 10, 2005.


  1. nonsqtr

    nonsqtr The emperor has no clothes!

    Aug 29, 2003
    Burbank CA USA
    Hi all, I have to learn Hendrix's "Angel" real fast. Jimi seems to play in one of those "half-tunings", and I can't really tell whether it starts in E or Eb. Any hints or suggestions? Thanks! :)
     
  2. nonsqtr

    nonsqtr The emperor has no clothes!

    Aug 29, 2003
    Burbank CA USA
    No one? :D

    I figured it out, it starts in Eb, and the main verse is in F.

    A lot of the tabs on the 'net are wrong.

    Anyway, it doesn't much matter, right? As long as the singer can handle it, and the guitar+keyboards+bass are aligned. :)
     
  3. JimK

    JimK

    Dec 12, 1999
    I say "E"...can you tell if it's a Low OPEN "E" being played on the bass? To me, that should be a clue.
    IIRC, "Beat It" sounded like "Eb"...clearly an Open "E" was being played on the bass by Steve Lukather. So, it was-
    a)Do the song in "Eb" & de-tune(5-string basses were very rare back then).
    b)Do the song in "E"
    We did the song in "E".

    A few issues back, Bass Player had Cream's "Politician" transcribed...I learned it in "Ab"(IIRC). Bass Player asked Bruce about that & he said he was sure it was in "A"; he mentioned how there weren't tuners back then & they just used their ears.
    Hendrix' "Angel" tuning could be similar to Bruce's story.
    Close enough for jazz, huh?