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GUEST,Stim question re congolese guitar music (7) RE: question re congolese guitar music 24 May 15


No. That really distinctive guitar style, which is a central part of what tends to be called Soukous and Ndombolo, typified by Zaiko Langa Langa("The Rolling Stones" of Zaire), is played in standard guitar tuning, out of the basic floating closed position chords--which would be the barred "A" fingering, the barred version of the basic "D" fingering, and the floating "F" position--

They tend to play single note arpeggios and pentatonic scales out of those chord positions, and they favor a solid body guitar sound, such as a Strat, with the pickups out of phase.

The leads tend to be brief repetitions of rhythmic phrases, which sound a lot more complicated than the are, because there are always a bunch of other instruments playing other phrases at the same time.

The chord progressions are usually really simple, like I-IV-V, and, surprisingly often, just stay on a single chord.

Not uncommon for the band to play on a single C chord, with one guitar playing out of
this position:

7-6-4-4-4-1

and another playing here:

x-x-x-8-7-7


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