Guitar and Piano Transcriptions

Big Yellow Taxi

Guitar chords transcribed by Harlan Thompson and Howard Wright

Tuning: DADF#AD  (other transcriptions in this same tuning)
"Joni" Tuning: D75435
Tuning pattern: x75435  (others in this same pattern)
Capo on fret 2

Author Notes:

Originally sent by Harlan Thompson, Corrections/additions by Howard Wright

Howard's notes:
This song is played in the key of E. You can tune up to open E
(EBEG#BE) and not use a capo if you like, but that means you are
tuning strings *up* from concert pitch which is likely to put
them under extra strain. If you're using light strings, this might
be OK.

The safer option, and the thing to do if you're worried about
breaking strings when tuning up to the open E tuning, is to tune
to open D (DADF#AD) then put a capo on at the 2nd fret to bring
you up to the key of E.

Harlan's comments:
On the first two lines of the chorus and frequently on the verse, it is
better to somewhat muffle the chords so that the rhythm can be heard but
the actual notes barely heard. Also, the song can be played in regular
tuning with the same chords, but I think it sounds much better this way
(and this is what J.M. actually does).

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