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    Here Comes the Sun

    I was looking for something special for this particular post and decided that listening to Richie Havens is always special, so....

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dEC_...eature=related

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    Great clip! Every time I see him play, his (seemingly simple) "thumb use" boggles my mind!

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    Richie had a few tricks in his tuning and technique that made him unique with his style. And it was that golden era of the 60's, what a time it was!
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    Quote Originally Posted by idealassets View Post
    Is Richie playing a D50 there?
    It looks big, it could be the G-41 !
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    Last edited by SFIV1967; 07-23-2017 at 06:58 PM.

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    Joe, thanks for the link... went on an hour-long Richie tear on youtube last night after reading
    your post... guy had a really interesting technique, sure knew how to use his left
    thumb like no one I've ever seen... an amazing musician!

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    I can't find the interview where he told about this but on that site they wrote:

    “I learned how to play in order to sing the songs I heard in Greenwich Village in the late 1950′s into the early 60′s. They were a different kind of song than the Doo Wop songs I sang in Brooklyn with my friends. They were songs that made me think and even confirmed many of my own theories about Human Beings and what we were supposed to be. So I wanted to learn fast. I wanted my friends in Brooklyn to hear these songs, I thought they might hear what I heard and felt them, And many of them did.”

    "Havens, took on an alternative approach to quickly learn the songs he became fascinated with in Greenwich Village, and to do this he started by tuning his guitar to the DADF#AD tuning. To accommodates his lack of guitar knowledge and skill, Havens wrapped his hand around the neck of the guitar and used his thumb to fully bar or bar only certain parts of a fret to play rhythm guitar- occasionally adding a forefinger to another fret to spice up his chord changes. With how the guitar is alternatively tuned, by barring the frets in a particular manner you can achieve playing different chord variations (such as Minors, Majors, Major 9th, Major 7th and etc) with little to no hand contortions."

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    I recall this song in the early 1970's as liking it quite a bit. Here's a version with I think all the original Woodstock crew: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VBbXKsKXyNU. Check out Richie's second guitarist playing an F47, who gets into some great string bending action on this vid.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SFIV1967 View Post
    It looks big, it could be the G-41 !
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    Sorry, I knew the D40 was mahogany, but it slipped my mind.

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    Here is Havens with a black version of his two pickguard Guild. You don't see one of these very often:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EDEfw0HeEF8


    In this video, right at the beginning, he says the guitar is new and came "straight from New York, uh, rather, Rhode Island, straight to Canada."

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h3L_oAQG-nI


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    Quote Originally Posted by walrus View Post
    Here is Havens with a black version of his two pickguard Guild. You don't see one of these very often
    Pretty sure it's a Richie Havens D40, they only came in black and natural (and you can see a natural on stage behind 'em) Can't tell for sure, but looks like TRC has his signature too.
    Might even be Coronas, he had at least one natural before Tacoma opened up.
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