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Guitar Secrets

Palmerston North City Library
Event organized by Palmerston North City Library

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Guitar: Secrets of Getting the “Open Tuning Sound” in Standard Tuning

Why are some guitar keys easier than others? How can you switch chords smoothly without leaving “holes” and nasty noises in your song? How do you get the smooth, gliding sound of open tuning-- while in regular tuning?

Join guitarist and vocalist Mark Lamaire for this workshop, and explore right-hand techniques that will add new colours to your guitar-player’s palette.

Topics covered include:
- open strings to switch positions
- adding colour to existing ‘normal’ chords
- close interval “clusters” that sound so cool.
- how to play in keys like F and B and make them easier to sound good in.

There is some music theory, but only in the service of enabling your sound to get smoother, cleaner, and more soulful. It will be helpful for attendees to understand note names and how chords are built (1, 3, 5, etc), but it’s not necessary.

Bring your guitar, but this is NOT just for guitar fanatics!
Mark will also play a few guitar pieces to demonstrate, so music loving listeners are also absolutely welcome.

Mark Lemaire is a guitarist and vocalist with over 45 years of experience on stage and in the studio. He is also a producer and recording engineer for music ranging from singer-songwriter to symphony orchestra.
Find out more at marklemaire.com and at rubatorecording.com