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dmiller - Posted - 02/19/2017:  10:45:42


Yes he did.  12 and 6 string guitars always tuned to open tuning, that he played with a slide..  I've seen him in concert a couple of times, and for just one guy and a guitar he kept the audience spellbound!  In between songs, he will talk about anything and everything while "noodling" on his guitar before singing the next number.  My two favorite songs he does are Saginaw Michigan, and Pamela Brown.



 





 





Here is a GOOD example of what you can expect at one of his concerts  big  ​- - - - - -  > > >   



 



chuckv97 - Posted - 02/19/2017:  11:08:36


He did play some tunes in standard tuning, and without a slide bar. "Fisherman" is one that I like.



He got tendinitis ,though from playing too hard with hand tension.....here's an excerpt of a print interview....




Frets: "You had a serious problem with your right hand that required a
substantial change in your technique. Did the problem develop gradually?

Leo: "I was halfway through a tune at a gig in Denver and suddenly my
fingers wouldn't move. My whole arm froze up. It was like pushing a
refrigerator across the floor. A doctor told me I had a problem with the
sheathing on the tendons in my arm. It would twist funny when I tensed
the msucles"

Frets: "Were you able to continue playing?"

Leo: "Yeah;but a lot of my performances that year were pretty bad. I had
to really swing my whole arm to get my fingers to move. I was literally
clubbing the strings with my whole arm. It was a nightmare. I really
thought it was over".

Frets: "what did you do to remedy it?

Leo: "First, I got rid of the fingerpicks. THen I got rid of the
thumbpick. I realized I wasn't going to get much further wearing them.
At first my tone was anemic without them. But I learned that with good
position and a lot of balance, you can generate good tone and volume
without all the force I had been using. The changeover was real tough,
though.


Edited by - chuckv97 on 02/19/2017 11:15:29

DeanT - Posted - 02/19/2017:  12:23:06


Great videos and interesting on the fingerpicks. Funny... I grew up in Michigan, and knew the song About Saginaw, but never connected it to Kottke. 

chuckv97 - Posted - 02/19/2017:  12:31:34


Saginaw, Michigan was a Lefty Frizzel hit in the early '60's. Pamela Brown was a Tom T. Hall song, if I remember right.

DeanT - Posted - 02/19/2017:  15:16:48


that explains it! BTW, I've never been to Saginaw either...

dmiller - Posted - 02/19/2017:  17:35:44


Chuck's right.  Both those songs were done previously by others.  I just happen to like the way Leo did them.  

OM45GE - Posted - 02/20/2017:  03:57:20


As I said earlier, I've seen Leo several times in different venues. I saw him twice in a local high school auditorium. It was a small place with great acoustics. For some reason they stand out as the best. He's a good story teller too. 

DeanT - Posted - 02/20/2017:  10:07:13


Our local art museum has a small concert hall. It's AMAZING for acoustics, and I think only seats 100. I love going there

chuckv97 - Posted - 02/20/2017:  10:21:44


Smaller rooms are way better for acoustic performances. There was a prof in Waterloo, ON who held classical concerts in the library/den in his home. I'd go watch classical guitarists and pianists ...really intimate settings,,sometimes sitting only 10 feet from the performers.

DeanT - Posted - 02/20/2017:  15:29:29


I like playing smaller places too!

OM45GE - Posted - 02/21/2017:  02:44:10


I've played at a tiny church that's been converted to an arts center. It's only a few hundred square feet and has great acoustics so no electronics are needed. 

DeanT - Posted - 02/21/2017:  16:20:17


I LOVE all acoustic small venue, NO ELECTRONICS gigs! Sure makes set up and tear down easy!

OM45GE - Posted - 02/22/2017:  10:58:02


Definitely

chuckv97 - Posted - 02/22/2017:  12:47:38


I blame my tinnitus on ee-like-a-triss-eye-tee

DeanT - Posted - 02/22/2017:  14:17:22


I blame mine on Queen, Kiss, Foghat, AC-DC, and Foreigner

OM45GE - Posted - 02/23/2017:  12:08:31


Knock on wood, but I've managed to avoid tinnitus. I wear ear plugs in loud situations. I used to wear them when I played rock and drove trucks (which were noisier then) and still wear them motorcycling, leaf blowing, etc.

chuckv97 - Posted - 02/23/2017:  12:24:29


It's like macular degeneration - I don't notice it unless I think about it. Funny that way

OM45GE - Posted - 02/23/2017:  12:26:39


Folks I know who have it say it can be pretty annoying.

DeanT - Posted - 02/23/2017:  13:13:48


Mine is really strong, but like Chuck, I don't even realize it most of the time, until someone on an internet forum mentions it!

OM45GE - Posted - 02/23/2017:  13:19:18


Now look what you've done Chuck!

chuckv97 - Posted - 02/23/2017:  14:20:26


Hah..what other ailment can I mention that can make us into hypochondriacs?!

DeanT - Posted - 02/23/2017:  16:11:44


Plantar faciatus...

OM45GE - Posted - 02/24/2017:  05:00:31


Gluten intolerance

DeanT - Posted - 02/24/2017:  05:49:55


migraine headaches

OM45GE - Posted - 02/24/2017:  05:57:40


Fibromyalgia



 

chuckv97 - Posted - 02/24/2017:  06:08:46


BAS

OM45GE - Posted - 02/24/2017:  06:58:02


and GAS! I'm up to almost a dozen of those.

DeanT - Posted - 02/24/2017:  12:53:58


One guitar (Tele) and two banjos for me. And I haven't taken the Gibson out of it's case since I got the 12" Goodtime.

chuckv97 - Posted - 02/24/2017:  13:41:09


Actually I only drool over guitars and banjos at music stores when I try them out. I have 2 guitars and 2 banjos. That's enough, but I still keep looking for a "deal".

DeanT - Posted - 02/24/2017:  14:25:53


If my band ever calls it quits, I'm trading everything I have on a dobro. Then I'm going to sit on the couch and play blues until I die. I'm not really a banjo player. I just did it, because they asked me to. But it sure has been fun. 

OM45GE - Posted - 02/24/2017:  18:40:24


I'm actually thinking of selling one or two of my guitars. There are two I play all the time, a few I play from time to time and two I rarely play at all. They're really fine instruments and I would like them to go somewhere they'll be appreciated.

DeanT - Posted - 02/24/2017:  18:48:46


Been there! Got to the point of getting rid of what I wasn't playing. I've always been a one instrument person. More just complicates things.

OM45GE - Posted - 02/24/2017:  19:02:22


So many guitars, so little time!

chuckv97 - Posted - 02/24/2017:  19:31:17


So many tunes,,so tittle lime

OM45GE - Posted - 02/25/2017:  05:00:36


That too. I love learning new pieces but have so many that I haven't played in ages. I would have to re-learn them.  I'm working on a nice DADGAD piece and have to force myself to run through other tunes. 

DeanT - Posted - 02/25/2017:  06:46:20


our play book is now over 400 tunes... yep, hard to keep up!

OM45GE - Posted - 02/25/2017:  18:40:53


I was looking at one of our old set lists and there's only about a third of them that I still play. 

chuckv97 - Posted - 02/25/2017:  19:06:31


I got so sick of my old ones I just had to learn a few new ones recently

DeanT - Posted - 02/25/2017:  20:00:42


I've been going back to my blues roots a lot lately

OM45GE - Posted - 02/26/2017:  07:21:29


A big part of it is that I mostly do finger style arrangements now.  When I was playing out 75% of what we did were songs with finger style stuff sprinkled in. 

DeanT - Posted - 02/26/2017:  09:46:56


I was all blues and rock before the band. Then it became country/bluegrasish/gospel covers. I miss the old jam improv days. I haven't wrote a song in over 10 years.

OM45GE - Posted - 02/26/2017:  10:12:44


I haven't either. I still do finger style arrangements of things like old fiddle tunes or show tunes but mostly I learn arrangements that others have done. 

DeanT - Posted - 02/26/2017:  14:20:34


I do my share of finger style banjo-izing tunes that never had a banjo in them. That's kind of fun. 

OM45GE - Posted - 02/26/2017:  16:35:23


That sounds like fun. 

DeanT - Posted - 02/26/2017:  17:42:53


LOVING the new Dodge truck commercial with Dylan's "Forever Young" in it. That's my next song. It's been over 12 years since I learned a song for myself, and not a band. Simple enough, now I just have to memorized the lyrics.

chuckv97 - Posted - 02/26/2017:  18:01:48


youtu.be/gttIc5avsZw     "Long May You Run" is on my list for this year. Especially since it has Canadian content - it's about Neil's old hearse car breaking down in northern Ontario.


Edited by - chuckv97 on 02/26/2017 18:02:32

DeanT - Posted - 02/27/2017:  10:41:53


Wow, and I don't even remember that song

OM45GE - Posted - 02/27/2017:  12:17:52


I just learned Another Story, Another Time, Another Place. It's an old Arlie Duff tune that Ernest Tubb recorded, but I like Leon Redbone's version.

chuckv97 - Posted - 02/27/2017:  12:37:28


Wow,,haven't heard that one in years. Good one.

DeanT - Posted - 02/27/2017:  15:37:05


My wife loves Leon Redbone! 

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