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Released in 1969 album '6 And 12 String Guitar' is a landmark in acoustic fingerstyle guitar. Kottke deftly weaves his way through a variety of genres, from folk and blues to classical and jazz.
One of the most striking things about '6 And 12 String Guitar' is Kottke's use of tunings. He often uses unconventional tunings, such as open D and open G, which give his playing a unique sound. This is evident on tracks like "The Last of the Arkansas Greyhounds" and "The Sailor's Grave on the Prairie," which both feature haunting melodies played in open D tuning.
Kottke's playing is also notable for its technical virtuosity. He is able to play incredibly fast and complex passages and he often incorporates elements of jazz and classical music into his playing. This is evident on tracks like "Vaseline Machine Gun" (great title!)and "The Fisherman," which both feature dazzling displays.
The album was recorded in a single session, and it has a very live feel to it. You can hear the audience clapping and cheering in the background on some of the tracks. It was released on John Fahey's Takoma label, which was a major player in the early American folk scene.
Hugely influential and at 77 still out there playing, this, his debut album, still resonates as work of quiet genius today.
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