THE WORLD-RENOWNED FINGERSTYLE GURU TALKS
ABOUT HIS NEW ALBUM, VIVIDLY, BREAKING HIS EFFECTS
ADDICTION, AND WHY HE MADE DADGAD HIS GO-TO TUNING
MORE THAN 30 YEARS AGO.
BY ADAM PERLMUTTER
Alot of great guitarists have made use of;the;DADGAD;tuning—in;which;
break the constraints of concert tuning.
dabbled in it, too. But few instrumentalists
have made so much from it as fingerstyle
decades now, Bensusan has used the tuning
upbringing that would eventually lend a
young musicians, he got caught up in the folk
his first recording contract. A year later, his
first album, Près de Paris;(1975),;won;the;
has released a handful of carefully conceived
albums filled with compositions of orchestral-
Bensusan also wrote The Guitar Book to illu-
minate the concepts behind those records.
What were your formative musical
and mostly strummed it, accompanying
that really gave me a kick in the pants and
stimulated me to learn how to fingerpick and
play solo, in a contrapuntal style.
How’d you get into using DADGAD tun-
ing, and what was it about it that moved
you so deeply?
by;just;randomly;playing;around;with;my;tun-ing pegs. After a while, I come to the conclusion that I had to stick to one tuning and learn
since;1978.;[Ed.: In a rare deviation, Bensusan
uses standard on his composition “Altiplanos.”]
that you can remain at the surface of it and
many different scale and chord patterns, many
different ideas and styles. After doing this a
Tell us a little about the Lowden that has
long been your main guitar.