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Thread #58417   Message #2224485
Posted By: GUEST,Phil in Mission
29-Dec-07 - 02:47 PM
Thread Name: Nic Jones Tablature
Subject: RE: Nic Jones Tablature
Found this thread a bit late in my career, though it's nice to see so many interested in NJ's work. Before I lost the majority of my hearing, I was introduced to NJ's version of Canadee-IO, and my playing was never the same.

Not that attempted to imitate his sound, as I was doing a lot of work with modal tunings and such, due to another favorite guitarist of mine, Michael Hedges. Another inspiration was Phil Keaggy from Glass Harp, who I saw in a small intimate concert, which was the last one I attended before losing my hearing.

I still play, but find it very difficult to execute anything in modal tunings, which I love, due to my relative inability to hear semitones, not to mention my hearing loss is mostly in the range of the human voice and guitar frequency ranges. Though, 98% gone, I still try, and am trying to teach my children open tunings and guitar selections. One favorite is Blackbird in G modal. After a performance of it, many of the folks came up to find out what I used as tuning, as they said they've never heard it or played it sounding so full.

Well, enough already. Just really wanted to touch base with other soulmates. Play on...