Joni Mitchell: Painting With Altered Tunings

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The prolific and often sourced Canadian Joni Mitchell has been constantly wrestled with harmonic riddles through her long time practice of searching for chord progressions under the influence of heavily altered tunings for decades. Her insights are quite valuable, especially since I don’t want to spend that much time writing that many songs to earn said insights.

Let’s see two ways altered tunings and Joni Mitchell have made a beautiful union.

EADAAD Tuning for Dulcimer simulation on “A Case Of You”

I have to confess the intro reminds me of Fine Young Cannibals’ “She Drives Me Crazy” chorus and I chuckle a bit when I hear every time. However, this is a very gently meandering yarn of beauty that keeps unraveling into nostalgia and soliloquy.

|-2-7-10-9-10–7-7–7-7–5S3-5–5-5|
|-0-0–0-0–0–0-0–0-0–0——0-0—-|
|-0-0–0-0–0–0-0–0-0–0——0-0—-|
|-0-5–9-7–9–5-5–5-5–4S2-4–4-4-|
|———————————————–|
|———————————————–|

|-3-3-2–0-0-2———————–0-0—-|
|-0-0-0–0-0-0—-5-5-5p4-4-5–0-0—-|
|-0-0-0–0-0-0—-0—0—0-0—–0-0—-|
|-2-2-0——0—–7—————————|
|———–4-4—————0-0—0–0-0—-|
|———————7—————————-|

(Full Transcription Here)

Hejira: Dark Moods and Altered Tunings  (CGDFGC)

 Hejira is a very dark, introspective, and mature non linear ballad that shows some interesting progressions and of course… tuning.
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