Ray Lamontagne wrote and sang the song Jolene, which I just heard for the first time a couple of weeks ago.I heard it being performed by the Zac Brown Band. I guess the song’s more than 5 years old and I’m just hearing it. Guess I’ve been under that rock for too long.

What a cool song, I had to pick my guitar up immediately and try to follow along. However when I tried I couldn’t find where it was played on my guitar. I thought maybe it was using a capo but that wasn’t it. So I gave up trying to figure it out and just checked online. So much quicker that way.

I learned that Jolene is tuned a half step down. Now I’m hooked, love it and it sounds so much better tuned a half step down. To set this tuning I went from standard tuning: E A D G B E and just dropped each string a half step to: D# G# C# F# A# D#.

Work schedules have made it tough to have a guitar jam for the past couple of months and I’m missing it big time. I am so eager to teach Jolene to our little group, wish I could sing as it would be so much easier to teach them. But that’s where Youtube comes in.

Other Songs In Non Standard Tuning