Perhaps one of the most innovative users of alternate tunings is Sonic Youth guitarist Thurston Moore. Thurston is known for pushing the limits of sound possibilities from the guitar (particularly the Jazzmaster), and alternate tunings have played a major role in his ability to create distinctly unique music. It was not unusual for him to tune his guitar by ear to a new tuning that he'd never played in before, and he'd often tune multiple strings to the same note to get a drone-like sound. Thurston truly embodies the concept of using alternate tunings to push your creativity!
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In this classic clip from Fender Play LIVE, host & guitarist Nick Reinhart of Tera Melos sits down with Thurston to discusses all things alternate tuning including his influences, style and how he creates Sonic Youth's signature sound using alternate tunings.
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