Mary Halvorson on Open Strings and Chords

“I’ve always considered open strings an integral part of the guitar. The sonority of the open string is so different from that of the same pitch played on a fret. Therefore utilizing open strings in line playing or chordal playing can give a unique resonance and timbre. As far as chords go, open strings can also allow for cluster harmonies and intervallic options which may not be playable otherwise. Exploring open string options for chords can really expand the scope of possibilities and allow for unusual and vibrant choices.”

— Mary Halvorson, October 2019

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