Thursday, May 28, 2009

Guitar Workshop: Anji

Davey Graham (1940-2008) was one of the most influential guitarists of the 1960s “folk music scare,” to emerge from the UK. He pioneered the modal “DADGAD” tuning, long a staple for accompanying Irish fiddle tunes. But perhaps Graham was best known for composing the instrumental “Anji.” When I was in college, there were certain tunes that budding young acoustic guitar pickers just had to know to prove their chops to the world. This was one of them.

In this installment of “Guitar Workshop,” Will Fly gives us an up-close-and-personal sample of how the original Davey Graham version is done. This is a lesson for intermediate/advanced players, and some knowledge of fingerpicking, as well as reading tablature, would be necessary. There is more where this came from, much more, and it can all be found by clicking here.

An arrangement of this tune was also recorded by Paul Simon (who plays it in the first clip, accompanied by his brother Ed), and can be heard on the album he composed with Art Garfunkel entitled “Sounds of Silence,” as the follow-up track to their song “Somewhere They Can’t Find Me.”

You gotta admit, they’re a good match.

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