Hitch A Ride
Boston - Hitch A Ride Lesson contains 5 videos plus printable TAB. The Tab covers the whole song. The videos include 3 - 10 minute lesson videos explaining every lick in the guitar solo, including harmony leads. Also included is a SLOW SPEED playthru of the solo, and a Normal speed playthru of the solo, both including harmony leads.
In standard 440 Hz tuning, Hitch a Ride is closer to Eb than D. So why do I think it is in D?
- First off, it's not exaclty in Eb either. It's slightly flat from that.
- If you figure out the acoustic rhythm parts (mainly the intro and before the final solo), it is clear that they are "open" chords. So this could only be in Eb if they capo'd the first fret. Not only unlikely, but the open strings sound brighter and more resonant than if they were capo'd.
- The highest note played on the high harmony lead is a D bent a whole step up to an E. In Eb, it would an Eb bent to an F.. on a 22 fret guitar you would need to bend the D 3 frets (a whole plus a half step). Could have been, but still unlikely.
- Lastly, I've seen them play it live, and they play it live in D !!!!
So they either tuned up high, or the finished tracks were sped up.
After the song was recorded, it could have been decided it came across better up tempo a bit, and so the speed of the tracks were increased slightly, thus raising the pitch. All they would have to do is re-record the vocals to keep Brad's voice from not sounding authentic.