Despite performing for greater than a decade, and having seven solo albums to her identify, the British people singer-songwriter Laura Marling insists she’s not a pure entertainer. She calls herself the “subtle event” reasonably than the lifetime of the occasion.
Accordingly, as a substitute of serenading her followers with concert events from her dwelling in London, she has made probably the most of her lockdown by livestreaming weekly guitar tutorials on Instagram, @lauramarling. Since late March, Ms. Marling has posted greater than a dozen 10-to-15-minute movies breaking down a few of her most well-known songs, garnering tens of hundreds of viewsMs. Marling first realized the way to play guitar as a baby in Hampshire, England, by watching and taking part in alongside her father, who owned a recording studio and sometimes strummed Joni Mitchell and Neil Young covers for enjoyable. Both artists have closely influenced Ms. Marling’s work, which, like Mitchell’s and Young’s, typically depends on nonstandard tunings.
Her tutorials are geared towards extra inexpert guitarists. “I hope that people don’t know that much about the guitar, because I think knowing too much about music stifles your ability to try odd things,” Ms. Marling mentioned in an interview. A basic knowledge of the instrument and tablature language could be useful, but isn’t necessary, she noted.
She recommends that beginners start with the tutorial in which she discusses “The Suite.” The four tracks — “Take the Night Off,” “I Was an Eagle,” “You Know” and “Breathe” from her 2013 album, “Once I Was an Eagle” — were originally written as a single, longer song. “The Suite” requires DADDAD tuning and most of the chords use only two fingers. “It’s such a beautiful tuning and it’s really easy to get your head around,” she said.
She cautions viewers to tune carefully. Turning the tuning keys gently and slowly while keeping your other hand on the strings, over the sound hole, helps prevent string breakage. (To help you nail the exact tunings Ms. Marling uses, there are plenty of free or low-cost guitar tuning apps, like Guitartuna.)
Ms. Marling uses her own oeuvre as a jumping-off point, but she said her tutorials are “not about learning my songs, it’s about exploring the guitar.” Even as a successful musician she has sought out lessons from people she admires, like the producer and songwriter Blake Mills and the guitarist Peter Randall. But she hasn’t yet had the opportunity to learn from women artists she looks up to.
“Learning from female guitarists by female guitarists is really important,” she said. “I wanted for so long a kind of female mentor or somebody to show me un-judgmentally how to grow in all forms of life.”
Join Ms. Marling live every Sunday at 2 p.m. Eastern time from her home in London.