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« on: April 22, 2007, 12:19:54 AM »

I've been playing my D-03-12 after a long period of ignoring it.  I'm just playing the same old songs and riffs; I can't get anything else out of it.  I need inspiration!  Suggest some 12-string music to me, fellow Forumites!  (I already know "More Than a Feeling" and everything by the Byrds.)
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« Reply #1 on: April 22, 2007, 06:01:16 AM »

"Even in the Quietest Moments" by Supertramp.
"Handle With Care" Travelling Wilburys
"Norwegian Wood" Beatles (I know it is a sitar but it sounds great on a 12)
"You've Got to Hide Your Love Away" Beatles
"Wish You Were Here" Pink Floyd
"Over The Hills And Far Away" Led Zeppelin
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« Reply #2 on: April 22, 2007, 02:38:25 PM »

Rev. Gary Davis
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YBJDDoRJCrs

Leo Kottke
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« Reply #3 on: April 22, 2007, 05:24:50 PM »

Anything you play on a 6 can be played on a 12.I play "Little Wing","Little Martha","4+20"all sorts of stuff.I tune to open D ans DADDAD sometimes G and Gmin.Go for it.
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« Reply #4 on: April 23, 2007, 02:00:58 PM »

Thanks all for the good suggestions.

I've got some Leo Kottke, but I've never owned 6 and 12 String Guitar, so I picked it up yesterday.  Amazing playing.  I still have trouble playing fingerstyle cleanly on a 12 (maybe I should use fingerpicks?) so I doubt I'll be copying Leo anytime soon.  I'm a reasonably good fingerpicker, but the 12 remains a real challenge in that department.

Dan Crary does flatpicking solos on a 12 from time to time, and in some ways I find that style easier than fingerpicking on the 12.
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« Reply #5 on: April 23, 2007, 02:23:53 PM »

Oh yeah, I forgot one... if you don't mind tuning your 12 string to open C (CGCGCE)...

Question by The Moody Blues

Here is my tab for it:

http://www.ultimate-guitar.com/tabs/m/moody_blues/question_ver2_crd.htm
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« Reply #6 on: April 23, 2007, 06:51:38 PM »

Anything you play on a 6 can be played on a 12.I play "Little Wing","Little Martha","4+20"all sorts of stuff.I tune to open D ans DADDAD sometimes G and Gmin.Go for it.

Geez, I don't know...I've tried a lot of songs in my somewhat limited repertoire and some sound great, while others just sound terrible on a 12-string. I don't know what it is. Maybe all those overtones clashing with the vocal melody. I can see how the three you mention would work, though.

A few that I do on the 12-strings are:
I've Just Seen a Face - Beatles
Losing my Religion - REM
Give a Little Bit - Supertramp
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« Reply #7 on: April 27, 2007, 12:12:19 PM »

How about some Chuck Berry on a 12 string? Click on Maybelline, from my 'A Tale to Tell' CD:


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« Reply #8 on: April 27, 2007, 02:30:57 PM »

That's very cool!  It really highlights the connection between Chuck's music and country blues.
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« Reply #9 on: April 29, 2007, 11:36:58 PM »

Check out Tracy Moore. Brilliant 12 string work!!   
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« Reply #10 on: April 30, 2007, 02:05:05 AM »

This guy, right?

http://www.tracymoore.com/

I'll check him out, thanks!

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« Reply #11 on: May 07, 2007, 03:26:33 AM »

Check out Mark Fossons "The lost Tacoma tapes" Good stuff.
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« Reply #12 on: May 08, 2007, 03:05:04 AM »

Thanks for the tip on Mark Fosson.  I was lucky enough to find The Lost Takoma Sessions this evening at Sam's in Toronto -- which I must say came as a surprise -- and I'm listening now.  As you say, great stuff.
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« Reply #13 on: May 08, 2007, 03:10:54 AM »

No problem. I think he has an interesting take on the instrument. Some beautifull songs on there.
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