100 Greatest Guitarists: David Fricke's Picks

Joni Mitchell
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72. Joni Mitchell

The secret to Mitchell's daring guitar work is that she uses more than fifty different tunings. Mitchell devised the alternate tunings to compensate for a left hand weakened by childhood polio. In time she used them as a tool to break free of standard approaches to harmony and structure.

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