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doesn't look tooooo difficult
thats Alan down the front isn't it? his expressions at the 40 second mark kind of cracked me up.
That's 'guitar face'.
semi serious answer
this one is relatively easy
what kind of tunings do you think he uses. i've been playing about DADGAD which gives of some pretty nice sound drones, but basically i'm a complete novice.
I think a lot of the old stuff is standard too, maybe a dropped D. The Torch Of The Mystics stuff sounds like drop D anyway. I read an interview where he was going on about only using standard tuning but then I read a later one where he was talking about changing guitars and pedals and stuff to keep it challenging/interesting. So that could include changing tunings.
Open tunings are awesome though. I like to imitate Fahey and Ben Chasny in a no talent stylee with them
but i'm just reading his invisible jukebox he did with Wire, has a bit about how he learnt how to play with Django Reinhardt pieces. interesting read http://www.sirrichardbishop.net/Press%20Magazines%20Artwork/Invis%20Juke.pdf
Invisible Jukebox is blantantly the best bit of that magazine. Even when you get the 'oh that's John on marimba and I didn't spot him! He's going to kill me! lol!' bits every so often.
'Blue Mamba' is a cool one to start with. Lots of single note bits but they are great. The thing about him is he plays amazing stuff in a tasteful way (with the exception of those albums that are all wanking) and seems to be a master of basically everything. Slide or gypsy style or whatever.
(With the open tunings and John Fahey imitation...I mostly try to imitate Vini Reilly a bit too).
Anyway, I've been dabbling with what I think is
E G Gb Ab B G
That might not be completely right, I think my strings are all screwed, but anyway, it sounds beautiful whatever it is. Lots of nice open sounds on that. I just try to tune the guitar to whatever sounds nice.
up and down that baby, and move around your spare fingers and stuff
I saw him play at Primavera and he was amazing. I don't remember sounding much like the other guys mentioned though. I really should buy some Durruti Column stuff when I get money
I just meant in terms of stuff I try to copy. I was down at the front for him at Primavera :D It was great wasn't it. I'd been waiting a long time for that. Buy "LC" and "The Return of the Durutti Column when you get round to it.
I remember the drummer being happy/massively enthusiastic :)
yeah he was! I went and had a chat with him when he came off, which I don't ever usually try, but I was so pleased to see them and he was such a lovely guy.
i'll try a again tomorrow.
I'm right in thinking the G and the Gb/Fsharp are meant to be an octave apart yeah? then the B and the G as well huge jump?
If you're still interested, I'll post the (hopefully) right tuning once I check it tomorrow. I'm hopeless at this kind of thing. Its a good one though, honest!
i just love these open tunings, such great sounds. i'll look forward to it.
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