flagshipmile354 Posted December 30, 2003 Share Posted December 30, 2003 Hey are there any Kottke fans out there? It seems like alot of guys over look him but he is oldskool. I mean he was around as a teenager playing in the 60's but he is still around now. I have only seen him 1 time live and it changed my whole perspective on the kind of player I wanted to be. He is truly an inspiration. He sounds like 2 guys playing most of the time cuz of his usage of open tunings and his excellent fingerstyle. I have read he is a major innovator and that he was a big influence on alot of players but I rarely see his name mentioned. If you haven't heard him before I recommend his live album recorded in 96' or 'Essential Leo Kottke' which has alot of nice fingerstyle stuff. I don't care much for his vocals when he does sing, but he has a couple good vocal songs too. I am amazed at his ability to have so many independant things going on at once. Like in the song 'Oddball' on his live performance or 'airproofing'. I have since bought a Taylor 12 string and have been attempting to develop a good right hand style. I also wanted to add that players like Kottke get alot from a little by using open tunings. This totally can bring out your right hand technique because it makes the guitar more symetrical (if I spelled it right). In other words you can cheat a little. I think it takes alot of dedication though. I tuned my guitar to open D minor for like 2 months. I mean I would pick it up casually as I always do and I would be confused cuz of all the crazy note relationships. I mean guitar is a pattern based instrement so alot of guys dont even know what they are playing half the time they just know shapes and stuff. Anyways, after you get beyond this awkwardness you realize that your limited vocabulary on the guitar is expanded when you fool around with similar patterns in an open tuning. I think this is a cool feature of Kottke. Of course I know others have done this also, I think Leo was an innovator though and probably influenced alot of guys playing now. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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