The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #21292   Message #227144
Posted By: Whistle Stop
12-May-00 - 01:03 PM
Thread Name: Twelve String Tuning
Subject: RE: Twelve String Tuning
I wouldn't call it "extremely difficult," just different. I don't currently own a 12-string, but I have played them frequently, generally fingerpicking. It requires some adjustment of your right-hand finger motions to hit both strings without getting hung up in either; you need more of a sweeping motion, but at the same time you need a certain precision about it, because the string pairs are closer to the adjacent pairs on a 12-string than single strings are to each other on a 6-string. It's actually pretty obvious and intuitive once you start to get a feel for how the thing works. Two of my favorite guitarists -- Leo Kottke and Ralph Towner -- have devoted a substantial amount of their time and energies to fingerpicking 12-strings, with outstanding results.