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Oh yeah, Talisman's acoustic intro is in DADGAD. Very uncommon - second and third string are only a note apart.
Yea it is! You would think drop D but there are a lot of open chords that require the whole guitar to be tuned down. I imagine this was done because of Bruce, he can barely hit that high D in the chorus, imagine him trying to go for the E.
Yup, but it's a lovely sound. The Legacy is also tuned down that way.
It's D open tuning to be exact: DADGAD. that's for the acoustic guitars, the others are in standard tuning with drop d. No other songs on the album do this but TFF has the Talisman also with acoustic guitars in DADGAD (and I suspect Book of Souls will probably have this too) and Mother of Mercy with every guitar in D standard.
Interesting. I learned it in D standard, solos and all. It always made sense to me that way since it played like a typical E minor Maiden song, so I figured they wrote it in E and tuned it down to accompany Bruce since he already strains to hit that high D. I'd be interested in seeing that interview if you have a link!
Thanks! Pretty cool article, didn't know about some of that stuff. I'll have to try playing Mother of Merch in drop D sometime to see the difference.
RIR? Yep, I know H sometimes has his low E string dropped to D, but the Death On The Road version of LOTF is the only occasion where all 3 guitarists were playing in D Standard tuning.
There is definitely a guitar part during the intro riff in the Death On The Road live version which wasn't on the original recording. I dunno if H plays it, but it must be him or Davey, as I'm sure the actual main riff is played by Janick...