Roger McGuinn

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Roger McGuinn
Saturday, October 7, 2017 | 8pm


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Byrds founder and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Roger McGuinn is a prolific songwriter and a true innovator of the guitar. This intimate evening of stories and songs will cover career defining hits including Byrds favorites “Mr. Tambourine Man,” “Eight Miles High” and “My Back Pages” – songs that showcase McGuinn’s unique vocal style and signature “jingle-jangle” 12 string Rickenbacker guitar – a sound that has inspired countless folk and rock musicians over the past 50 years. 

During his time with The Byrds, McGuinn developed two innovative and very influential styles of electric guitar playing. The first was "jingle-jangle" – ringing arpeggios based on banjo finger picking styles he learned while at the Old Town School of Folk.  The second style was a merging of saxophonist John Coltrane's free-jazz atonalities, which hinted at the droning of the sitar – a style of playing, first heard on The Byrds' 1966 single "Eight Miles High," a major influence on ‘60s psychedelic rock

"I practiced eight hours a day on that 'Rickenbacker (12-string guitar),'" says McGuinn, "I really worked it. In those days, acoustic 12-strings guitars had wide necks and thick strings that were spaced pretty far apart, so they were hard to play. But the Rick's slim neck and low action let me explore jazz and blues scales up and down the fretboard and incorporate more hammer-ons and pull-offs into my solos. I also translated some of my banjo picking techniques to the 12-string. By combining a flat pick with metal finger picks on my middle and ring fingers, I discovered I could instantly switch from fast single-note runs to banjo rolls and get the best of both worlds." Able to play the banjo, guitar, 12-string guitar and even a custom seven string guitar, McGuinn is a versatile performer on stringed instruments.  

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