Sam Amidon on Open Strings
SAM AMIDON REFLECTIONS ON GUITAR AND THE OPEN STRINGS THEREIN
1. Open strings are the shit.
2. I like to put my guitar into an open tuning, come up with a guitar part, and then put the guitar back into standard tuning and see if I can recreate the part
3. My favourite guitarists, in no particular order, are: 1. Jimi Hendrix 2. Jimi Hendrix 3. Bonnie Raitt 4. Sonny Sharrock 5. Bonnie Raitt & Derek Bailey 6. Ali Farka Toure. 7. Jimi Hendrix 8. Cat Power 9. Arto Lindsay, Marc Ribot, and Bill Frisell 10. Joni Mitchell 11. Jimi Hendrix 12. Bonnie Raitt 13. Pops Staples 14. Paul Brady 15. Nathan Salsburg
4. “Standard Tuning” is a comical notion given that in the mid-60s, Dylan was mostly in open D, Joni was in open D or DADGAD or one of her myriad other tunings, and Keith Richards was in open G.
5. Jimi Hendrix………..
— Sam Amidon, November 2019