Joni Mitchell Youtube – Guitar Open Tuning

Joni Mitchell is one of the truly great acoustic guitar innovators.  A lot of people that aren’t guitar addicts may not realize how great she is and would just see her as a good songwriter, poet and singer.  Don’t be fooled by those labels, her contribution to open tuned acoustic guitar is almost unparalleled.  Others such as Davey Graham, Michael Hedges, Pierre Bensusan, Alex De Grassi and others made massive contributions to this artform that has pushed the guitar into new areas but Joni Mitchells work really neds to be explored by guitar players, her relaxed style, her throwing out the rule book, unconvential strumming/picking hand.  And the amount of open tunings she used to create a backdrop for her musical poetry.  I was fortunate enought o see her live, wow.

Don’t be fooled, she is extraordinary. The song is Night Ride Home

in this song she’s playing a semi-acoustic.  The song is Edith and the Kingpin

Note Pat Metheny in the background.  Here is a link to Pat Metheny on a Linda Manzer Baritone Acoustic Guitar.  PAT METHENY

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3 responses to “Joni Mitchell Youtube – Guitar Open Tuning

  1. Kyle

    I believe that is Jaco on bass look at 0:51

    • acousticguitarist

      Yep that’s the Jaco alright, I saw Weather Report live in the eighties. Jaco was fantastic. You may also notice Pat Metheny thre as well.
      Thanks for pointing it out Kyle.

  2. Karen

    “Edith and the Kingpin” is one of my favorite of what I call Joni’s “storytelling” songs. The combination of her beautiful voice and the guitars plus the intriguing story, I just love it. Thanks for posting.

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