Come A Little Closer
(tabbed as recorded by Jerry Byrd in 1958 using the amazing "C Diatonic tuning")

Listen to Jerry Byrd: Come A Little Closer

       If you are a steel guitar enthusiast like me, you might be surprised to learn just how much Jerry Byrd loved and used his newly discovered C Diatonic tuning. From studying Jerry's beautiful heart-warming music over the years, I have really come to appreciate the hard work that Jerry invested into his music and the versatile C Diatonic tuning that he discovered. Here goes, have fun and make others happy!

A tip to help you play the following song is, concerning playing the primary chord featured in this tune (which is the first tabbed chord in the song), is to pick string 3 with your index finger, and also rake across strings 6, 5 and 4 using your thumb at the SAME time. You pick string one using your middle finger. Most players tend to try to rake across strings 3, 4, 5 and 6 using only the thumb, which is sloppy because you will at times hit string 2, causing a sour note. By picking the chord as I explained, there is no chance is accidentally striking string 2. Okay, here goes!

Tablature for non-pedal steel guitar by David J. Stewart

E_______m8__________m5___________3________2___2____3__3_3__2_2_2____________
C________________________________________________________________2~~~~~2____
B___i8~~~~___i8__i5~~~~___5___3~~~~___3~2~~~____~3~~~______2________________
A___t8~~~~_______t5~~~~_______3~~~~___3~2~~~____~3~~~______2________________
G___t8~~~~_______t5~~~~_______3~~~~___3~2~~~____~3~~~______2_____2~~~~~~____
F___t8~~~~_______t5~~~~___5___3~~~~___3~2~~~____~3~~~______2________________
E__________________________________________________________________2~~~~____
 
 


	  
E___2__3_3_3_3__2_2_2__~5~4~5___6__7________________________________________
C_______________________________6__7___9__7__6__4____9___7___6___4___4~2____
B______3________2______~5~4~5_______________________________________________
A______3________2______________________9__7__5__4____9___7___5___4___4~2____
G______3________2______~5~4~5_______________________________________________
F______3________2___________________________________________________________
E___________________________________________________________________________
 


	  
 
E__1__2_________________________2___0___2__0__2__*0~2~0_________________3___
C__1__2___4~3~2_____________________________________________________________
B_________________2___0__0~~1___2___2___2_____2_________2____________3__3___
A_________4~3~2_________________2___2___2_____2_________2_________3__3______
G_________________2___1__1~~1___2___2___2_____2_________2___2__3__3_____3___
F_______________________________2___2___2_____2_________2___2__3____________
E________________________________________________*bar bounce________________
 
 
E___2___2__________________2__~5~4~5~4___3___3___3_3___2__2__2__~5__________
C_______________2______2____________________________________________________
B___2________________________________________3_________2________~5__~8__~7__
A____________________________________________3_________2____________~8__~7__
G___2_______2___2___2________________________3_________2________~5__~8__~7__
F_______2____________________________________3_________2____________~8__~7__
E_______________2___________________________________________________________
 
 
E___6__7___________________________________________3__3__3___2__2__2__2_____
C___6__7___9___7___6___4___9___7___6~~5___4________3_____________________2__
B______________________________________________4___3_________2______________
A__________9___7___5___4___9___7___5~~~___4____4___3_________2______________
G______________________________________________4___3_________2___________2__
F______________________________________________4___3_________2______________
E________________________________________________________________________2__
 
Here's the chorus and the rest of the song, as recorded by Jerry...
E____________________15_______________14_______________________________________15__
C__________________________________________14______________________________________
B________________15_______________14_________14____14______________________15______
A____________15_______________14_______________14_____14_______________15__________
G____14__15_______________14____________________________14_____14__15______________
F____14__15__15__15__15___14__14__14__14_______________________14__15__15__15__15__
E__________________________________________________________14______________________
 
 
*Note for below: These are two advanced techniques that even new steel guitar players ought to learn right away. 
I need to mention two things. First, you place the tip of your bar exactly between strings 1 and 2, so you are 
playing each note correct in pitch. Second, when you apply even the slightest pressure to the first string with 
the tip of the bar, it will push the first string outward. This causes it to raise in pitch, which sounds off. Also, 
if you don't apply enough pressure, the string will buzz and you won't get the desired sound. So what I do, and this 
is something important to remember down the road for other songs, is to hold the first string behind the bar in place
using your other fingers of the left hand. This is a beautiful chord that needs to sound right. 
 
E___14~13~14__14___17~___*14_______
C________________________*14_______
B___14~13~14__14___17~___*13_______
A__________________________________
G___14~13~14_______17~_____________
F__________________________________
E__________________________________
 
 
E___6__7________________________________________
C___6__7___9___7___6___4__~9___7___6___4___2____
B_______________________________________________
A__________9___7___5___4__~9___7___5___4___2____
G_______________________________________________
F_______________________________________________
E_______________________________________________
 
 
E__1__2_________________________2___0___2__0__2__*0~2~0____
C__1__2___4~3~2____________________________________________
B_________________2___0__0~~1___2___2___2_____2____________
A_________4~3~2_________________2___2___2_____2____________
G_________________2___1__1~~1___2___2___2_____2____________
F_______________________________2___2___2_____2____________
E__________________________________________*bar bounce_____
 
 
E____________________15_______________14__14______________________________3___2___
C_______________________________________________14________________________________
B________________15_______________14_________14___14__________________3_______2___
A____________15_______________14____________________14____________3___________2___
G____14__15_______________14__________________________14___2__3_______________2___
F____14__15__15__15__15___14__14__14__14___________________2__3___3___3___3___2___
E_________________________________________________________________________________
 
E__2__2__~5~4~5___________________________________________________________________
C_________________10~11~14~13~11__9~8~7__7~6~4___~9__7__6~5__4____________________
B________~5~4~5__________________________________________________4________________
A_________________9~~10~14~13~10__9~8~7__7~5~4___~9__7__5~~__5___4________________
G________~5~4~5__________________________________________________4________________
F________________________________________________________________4________________
E_________________________________________________________________________________
 
 
E___3_3_3_3__2_2_2_______2__3__3_3__3___2__2__2___________________________________
C____________________2____________________________2~~~~~~~~_______2~~9____________
B___3________2______________3___________2___________2~~~~~~_______________________
A___3________2______________3___________2_____________2~~~~_____2~~~~9_____END____
G___3________2_______2______3___________2_______________2~~_______________________
F___3________2______________3___________2_____________________2~~~~~~9____________
E____________________2____________________________________________________________
 

I also just enjoy playing along oftentimes with Jerry's original recordings.

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