Hole Notes: The Inimitable Style of Ani Difranco

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This column celebrates the ferocious fingerstyle output of singer-songwriter — and all-around "indie-musician" inspiration — Ani Difranco, whose recording career spans more than two decades, since the release of 1990 debut.

Today, with more than 20 albums to her credit, Difranco remains fiercely independent: she releases her music through her own Righteous Babe label, and she gigs incessantly, dragging her Alvarez-Yairi Bob Weir model acoustic around the world to spread her unique form of "punk folk"

In this lesson, I'll dissect Ani's signature pick-hand moves, grooves, tunings and voicings through an offering of "in the style of" examples, many of which are adapted from the way she currently performs her older "staple" songs.

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A singer-songwriter/multi-instrumentalist/film composer, Musician's Institute instructor, and author of 50+ transcription/instructional books, Dale Turner is also Guitar World's "Hole Notes"/"Acoustic Nation" columnist, and the former West Coast Editor of Guitar One magazine. Some of Dale’s old, weird, rare, and/or exotic instruments are featured in his score for WEEDS, the first animated short completed within the Filmmakers Co-op at Disney Feature Animation. His most recent CD, Mannerisms Magnified, was praised by Guitar Player magazine for its "Smart pop tunes that are crammed with interesting guitar parts and tones ... Like what the Beach Boys might do if they were on an acid trip that was on the verge of getting out of control. Yeah!"