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A Soliloquy On Open D Tuning (my apologies to the Bard)

Posted by Don Borchelt on Thursday, April 1, 2010


If the Prince of Denmark had been a banjo picker...

To D or not to D- that is the question:
Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer
The slings and arrows of those fellow players who have patience not,
And to take up our beloved African lute, against a sea of discontent,
And change its timbre, and by opposing them, vex them.
Or to change it not, and therefore to avert
The heartache and the thousand natural shocks
That comes to minstrels with meager sufferance,
No matter how devoutly to be wished.
Ah, but to hear the fullness, the sonorous tones,
Perchance to dream of ancient modes. Ay, there's the rub,
For in that full-voiced echo of primordial aeons,
What dreams may come, when we have turned the pins,
That work this lyre of hide and tree and brass.
For who would bear the whips and scorns of time,
Th’ harpers's wrong, the fiddler's contumely,
The pangs of despised genius, the tune's delay,
The insolence of the false muses, and the spurns
That patient merit of th’ unworthy takes,
When he himself might his quietus make
With a commonplace tuning?
The undiscovered country from whose halls
No virtuoso returns, puzzles the will
And makes us rather bear those ills we have
Than fly to others that we know not of?
Thus conscience does make cowards of us all,
And thus the native hue of resolution
Is sicklied o'er with the pale cast of thought,
And performances of great pitch and moment
With this regard their currents turn awry,
And lose the name of action.-Hear you now!
The fair Apollo, and Pan with thy quill, in thy prayers
Be all my poor notes remembered.

3 comments on “A Soliloquy On Open D Tuning (my apologies to the Bard)”

Couchie Says:
Thursday, April 1, 2010 @6:10:06 AM

Hear hear!

Thursday, April 1, 2010 @7:13:53 AM

You Rebel You, Fear not for the pin twisters on the side of light do claw our way to the modes of yor and harken to the voices and ghosts of echos past, the Great Silky

RatLer Says:
Thursday, April 1, 2010 @8:37:25 AM

I don't know what you said...but it was sure purty!!!

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