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November 15, 2011

Vintage Metheny

Icefire (featured on the album Watercolors) was like the tune San Lorenzo, based on the idea of taking an electric 12 string guitar and totally restringing it with light gauge unwound strings – tuning them in fourths and fifths to each other in their pairs, and essentially making a ‘pentatonic/diatonic’ tuning of the open strings. With that tuning in place – the piece was in fact totally improvised with a few preplanned signposts along the way – but, there was not a lot of room to move harmonically within that tuning’s vocabulary. I used a Guild Starfire electric 12 string. (The same one I had used with the pairs tuned in unison with a conventional tuning with Gary Burton on his record Dreams So Real).” – Pat Metheny


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