Excerpt: Kim Thayil on the Secrets Behind His Tunings

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modread

ok, if you read the june 2013 issue interview with jerry cantrell of alice and chains, on page 73, he is asked about drop D tuning. Jerry states that "he has read a couple of times where Kim likes to take credit for teaching him that but he actually learned it from Van Halen when he used it on unchained". I read the Kim Thayil article right. Kim thinks he taught that to the world, he didn't. It was in use way before him. I do believe Jerry Cantrell was part of the Seattle scene as well. Just saying that Jerry is making my point and that I read the article with Kim properly.

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alvie666

He never said he invented it, just started using it prominently, and that influenced the Seattle scene at that time, not the whole world. You said it yourself: "he popularized the drop D tuning in the Seattle scene". He makes no claim to have invented it.

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modread

I never said he popularized it, I said that Kim said that he popularized it in the seattle scene....you misread my post. Also read my latest post on the june 2013 issue regarding this.

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modread

while I really admire all the different tunings that Kim uses, he certainly expressed that he popularized the drop D tuning in the Seattle scene. Just curious but has he ever heard Led Zeppelin "ten years gone" or Van Halen's "drop dead legs", "unchained" or "hear about it later" or even Ratt's "lay it down"? Yea you invented the wheel years after it was discovered. Maybe nobody in Seattle ever heard it before but then they just were not paying attention. You were certainly a Johnny come lately when it comes to drop D tuning brother, just saying......still got the respect for you but you certainly are not columbus dude. It was old hat when you were doing it if you were paying attention.

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Maac

Pls...someone cue Keef!

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