Mkster Open G blues experiment .

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  1. mkster

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    In the 50s and 60s players blossomed listening to old blues recording many of them in open tuning . then for a major part of the rock revolution was born from the transformation of old open tuning songs to the standard tuning as example what Clapton did with Roadhouse . So many other examples could me mentioned as well ...

    So i decided to do the opposite take standard tuning songs and playing them in open tuning , i try to hide the open tuning and fool people in not knowing what it is or assume its open tuning . I try to sound like i am in standard as much as possible .

    The open tuning transforms the guitar into a diatonic instrument enabling me to play rhythm and lead at the same time or my version of the way player played in the 20s and 30s .

    I hope you will enjoy , best regards

    Marc







     
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    Interesting, and great playing Marc.
     
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    Oh no we’re gonna lose another to open G!;)

    Be carful with that beautiful tuning, I started using it so much that it became my go to tuning. Now standard tuning is unrewarding and doesn’t scratch that itch.

    Anyway cool videos and playing
    Nice job:)
     
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    My favourite reason for playing so much in open tunings is, It allows me to throw in a slide solo or riff. It helps, that you can bluff a lot of the chord shapes, without need for that steel pinky.

    Have you given much more thought to live performance, Marc?
     
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    I don't know that there are enough blues inclined people in my city to sustain much live venues , i don't have or need a band so i would keep all of it ...

    I was thinking maybe making a live youtube show , but i need more material . Maybe do sets every 2 weeks or so try to build from that . But eventually i will make my own stuff there is only so much people into the blues thing .

    And then we will see .

    Marc
     
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    I have played exclusively for about 7 years now .. my brain is rewired now i could not play standard tuning to save my life .
     
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    What type of thumb pick do you use? I’ve never seen that one. I exclusively use thumb picks and use fenders because they have a finer point, a lot of thumb picks have a big shark fin paddle.
    Do the ones you use have a finer point than something like a Dunlop?
     
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    Many years ago i tried the pointy ones you speak of i still have it , i just never liked it . I played 25 year with a regular pick , but after looking at a great ch on youtube about picking by Troy Grady he shows how picking technique differs from player to player , it came clear to me that i spent to much time on the wrong hand .

    I did not want to copy anyone else i wanted to invent mine . After thinking about it , i had tried everything over the years except the thumb pick liberating the index finger from its duty of holding the pick , the thumb is strong but the index is fast and agile its the go to finger , the Swiss army finger forgotten and under used . Plus if really need to sound flat pick i just put my index under it , two for one! The only thing i cant do anymore is pick harmonics .

    I use a herco extra heavy . Its really big and i cut it so its more comfortable to me to me . I shorten it and pull the point back. Very similar to the picture .

    I tried many things it used to be really short , it helped not getting cut in the strings (unintentional upstroke) .

    I invented myself two simple exercises to practice my new technique it did not take long before a was running , the longer part was to learning the neck , figuring how to play the chords .

    I always play the blues but i practiced many different modes using G as 1 ,Ionian, aeolian , also as 4 notes chord scales . I can play Flamenco harmony's ( Sultans of swings) as well with Phrygian.

    In standard you move the position depending on the key , in open tuning everything you learn is in the same position and that is like cheating because before long everything you have learned merges and becomes something else . You have to figure how to adapt everything you know to open tuning many things are impossible to do but that is the fun of it . The solution you find are yours .

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  10. Mase

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    Really enjoy your playing Marc, you got it down.
     
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    Thank you !
     
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    I hope you will enjoy this one ...

    Marc



     
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    You have good time and great feel. The Blues is so hard to play well. You got there.
     
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