1. Brian Moore

    Brian Moore Moderator

  2. Rob MacKillop

    Rob MacKillop Edinburgh Correspondent

    Who can forget his cries of "Freedom!" that kicked off Woodstock?
     
  3. Brian Moore

    Brian Moore Moderator

    I watched him in a video a while back, Rob. He used his thumb to fret the strings. I don't mean just the bass strings, I mean all six--the entire fret, up and down the fretboard. I suppose he had tuned the guitar in some special fashion.
     
  4. Than you for sharing, Brian! Such an amazing, spirited voice! :)
     
  5. Pete Askew

    Pete Askew Admin

    Thanks Brian. I listened more out of respect as I was never a big fan but he was certainly a kew figure in 'contemporary' music.
     
  6. Rob MacKillop

    Rob MacKillop Edinburgh Correspondent

    Probably Open D tuning - you tune the strings to a major chord, then every time you got to a new fret with a straight finger, thumb, or bottleneck, you get another major chord. It makes some things easier, some things harder. "Big Yellow Taxi" by Joni is also in Open D. It was popular around that period.
     
  7. Brian Moore

    Brian Moore Moderator

    The story goes that the acts that were to follow him were stuck in traffic. He was asked to keep playing. He ran out of stuff after a while, but kept playing anyway, ad libing---don't know what you call the equivalent in music.
     
  8. Rob MacKillop

    Rob MacKillop Edinburgh Correspondent

    Ad lib will do. Didn't know that story. He certainly gave it 100%!
     

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