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Offline Johnm

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The Guitar Stylists--Cross-Note Tuning
« on: March 05, 2021, 09:47:31 AM »
Hi all,
Here is the start of a list of guitar stylists in Cross-note tuning. Let's limit ourselves to one for post for this category, since there were fewer players who specialized in cross-note tuning and were original in their playing in it.

   * Booker White
   * Arthur Crudup

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Re: The Guitar Stylists--Cross-Note Tuning
« Reply #1 on: March 05, 2021, 11:20:30 AM »
I want to say Henry Townsend for cross-note, but I vaguely remember a discussion a long time back where someone pointed out that he played almost everything in cross-note in his early career, but then switched to mostly playing in the key of E in standard tuning.

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« Last Edit: March 05, 2021, 12:12:44 PM by lindy »

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Re: The Guitar Stylists--Cross-Note Tuning
« Reply #2 on: March 05, 2021, 11:59:32 AM »
I'd like to add Skip James to this list.

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Re: The Guitar Stylists--Cross-Note Tuning
« Reply #3 on: March 05, 2021, 12:09:58 PM »
Thanks lindy and Forgetful Jones, those are both perfect additions to the cross-note stylist list. Henry Townsend was definitely a major stylist in the tuning I think, Lindy, for his sound in both the left and picking hands is different from that of any of the other players who specialized in cross-note tuning. And Skip James, of course, is almost certainly the most famous stylist in cross-note tuning.
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Re: The Guitar Stylists--Cross-Note Tuning
« Reply #4 on: March 07, 2021, 11:44:17 PM »
Arthur Big Boy Crudup, and Jack Owens of course.

 


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