When I first started playing guitar almost 40 years ago, it was very much a male thing. Generally if females played guitar it would be classical guitar – read dots play Bach ( by the way I love Bach) or work through a Carcassi Method or the alternative was do the folk strummy thing (without a plectrum), lots of C chords and a cheap capo.
Well, while you were sleeping some great things happened.
- Joni Mitchell transformed from being a folkie to a superbly innovative open tuner and spawned generations of open tuners…David Wilcox, (the “how did you find me here” David Wilcox and not the other Canadian Blues player) cites Joni Mitchell as a major inspiration. And if you think Joni Mitchell is about “Both sides Now”, don’t kid yourself. http://jonimitchell.com/
- Ani diFranco http://www.righteousbabe.com/ threw away the manual on how to play and emerged with a very interesting array of guitars. I still haven’t recovered from hearing “I’m not angry anymore” about 5 years ago”.
One video of a live performane I saw, she was using a 4 string Tenor guitarBelow are a few of the tunings she uses“Studying Stones” C, F, A#, D#, G, C.
“Manhole” C, F, A#, D#, G, C
“Sunday Morning” C, F, A#, D#, G, A#
“Seeing Eye Dog” D, A, D, F#, G, D
“Lag Time” D, A, D, F#, G, D
“Parameters” C, F, A#, D#, G, G#
- The first time I heard of Kaki King, it was on the cover of a Frets magazine. It said something like “The new Michael Hedges”. To me, comments like thast are a bit scarry, especially if you are familiar with his playing.
Check out Kaki King on youTube
- And just when you think it’s safe to go back into the guitar store. There’s Muriel Anderson http://www.murielanderson.com/
- And if you are currently working on the virtue ‘humility’, check out Badi Assad ..have a listen to her “Solo” album http://www.badiassad.com/I think I better go practice.