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Mitchell tunings   Joni Mitchell


                                               written by Howard Wright


I thought I'd put together a little piece on Joni's tunings because I've

recently worked out quite a few of the tunings she uses, and it's easier

to list them all in one place than try to TAB them all separately.

I hope to get round to tabbing at least a couple of the songs mentioned

in full, but it takes time so I thought I'd write this first to give the

basic info.

Two 'standard' tunings which she has used quite a bit are the open G and

open D tunings.

Open G is (from low to hight) : DGDGBD

Open D is (low to high)       : DADF#AD

I say 'standard' tunings because these have been used by a lot of people.

The open G tuning is used a hell of a lot by Keith Richards for example.

Another favourite of hers is a variation on the open D which I call the

Dadd9 tuning.

It is   :  DAEF#AD

There are also a couple of other tunings I've worked out, though I've only

found her using them on one particular song.

Anyway, here is a list of songs with their appropriate tunings. I hope to add

to this list as I work out more songs, but I've got a feeling that she has a

small number of tunings which she uses on a lot of different songs, rather than

inventing a new tuning for every new song.

If you play around a bit you might start to get the song worked out for yourself

- once you've got the right tuning, things are a lot easier !

Thanks also to Jared White for sending some tunings he knew, and to Jimfre Bacal

for sending some others (courtesy of Patrick Willoughby).

 Tuning            SONG                  Album



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