What type of guitar do you use when you play “Angie”?
It’s a Guild—a D-30. What type of strings do you use?
I use D'Aquisto, light gauge. On “Baby Driver,” did you play solidbody electric?
On “Baby Driver,” that’s all me, but I don’t think I played any electric guitar on the album. Do you have a few arpeggios or types of strums you use?
I use different types. On “The Boxer,” I use Travis picking.Did you compose the piano part on the song “Bridge Over Troubled Water”?
No, I didn't write the piano part—that’s Larry Knechtel. The chords are mine, but the piano is really Larry’s part.Is that the way you worked most of the album? Did most of the musicians arrange their own parts?
It depends. We give the musicians as much freedom to play as we possibly can. Sometimes, we have a suggestion, but most of the time we let them play. They’re all good musicians. It’s more fun that way. You can’t put somebody in a prison and make them play.Do you use any other tunings, other than standard?
Occasionally, I use another tuning. “Baby Driver” is in DADGAD. Is that a folk tuning?
It’s a modal tuning, but I’m not sure where it comes from. The guy who showed it to me was a guy named Sandy Darlington. He showed it to me years ago when I was living in England.I suppose you have to devise a whole new set of finger positions to use with it.
Yeah. You can’t play the straight fingerings. It is similar to a D tuning, but it’s a little bit different.
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