Liz Phair: “I really got into alternate tunings... I’m almost trying to trick myself into thinking the guitar is a new instrument to me”

Liz Phair
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After 2010's Funstyle, indie singer-songwriter Liz Phair ended up taking a decade-long break from recorded music. She returns this year with her seventh studio album, Soberish, which – as we find out – was largely inspired by open-tuned explorations on her Yamaha acoustic guitars.  

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Amit Sharma

Amit has been writing for titles like Total GuitarMusicRadar and Guitar World for over a decade and counts Richie Kotzen, Guthrie Govan and Jeff Beck among his primary influences as a guitar player. He's worked for magazines like Kerrang!Metal HammerClassic RockProgRecord CollectorPlanet RockRhythm and Bass Player, as well as newspapers like Metro and The Independent, interviewing everyone from Ozzy Osbourne and Lemmy to Slash and Jimmy Page, and once even traded solos with a member of Slayer on a track released internationally. As a session guitarist, he's played alongside members of Judas Priest and Uriah Heep in London ensemble Metalworks, as well as handled lead guitars for legends like Glen Matlock (Sex Pistols, The Faces) and Stu Hamm (Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, G3).