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Relentless rain drenched greetings from the left coast . . . Spring has arrived but you wouldn’t know it from the weather. Got to thinking today about how festival season is coming up and started casting about for some toons to share from artists that have played literally in my own backyard. The Vancouver Folk Music Festival is a long running event that is staged every July in Jericho Beach Park. Not really being a “folkie” I enjoy it none the less as I live right next to the park so its just one of those inescapable parts of summer.

So lets kick things off with what I can best describe as Down-Under Bhangra

Next up a more traditional folkie piece from Bill Bourne, not a VFMF performance but it captures the essence of the show that Bill and his mates offer every summer.

OK enough folkie already . . . moving on . . . here’s a snippet of Hendrix’s Machine Gun offered up by John Mayer . . . now John takes a lot of shtick for soft & fuzzy, girly pop that he performs but you gotta admit this kid knows his way around the fretboard

Guitar Lesson
This issue we’re turning are attention back to alternate tunings . . . so here’s Eric Maring with a tutorial on Open D . . . check it out

Till next time, Hadleigh 😉



  1. Nice to see open D -I’ve played around with open G, DADGAD andhave my Martin tuned to Double drop D at the mo – so may give open D a go

    • rsmacdon
    • Posted April 2, 2009 at 7:02 am
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    Think you’ll find there’s more than a couple of Zep toons that were done in Open D . . . and in the next installment Eric will take us on a tour of variations to Open D that get really interesting . . . enjoy

    • rsmacdon
    • Posted April 2, 2009 at 2:44 pm
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    . . and now that I think about it seems to me that I’ve played in this tuning before . . its adapts easily to slide playing and was used on many blues songs, like the Stone’s You Gotta Move

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