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Joni Mitchell: Hits (Authentic Guitar-Tab) Paperback – May, 1997

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Product Details

  • Series: Authentic Guitar-Tab
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Alfred Music (May 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1576237532
  • ISBN-13: 978-1576237533
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 9.5 x 12 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #238,976 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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52 of 52 people found the following review helpful By B on August 2, 2005
Format: Paperback
As a response to the reviewer who pointed out that this costs more money than "Anthology", but contains many fewer songs, you're correct.

However, "Hits" (as well as "Misses") transcribes each song using the tuning Joni used to play it. Joni is notorious for using alternative tunings on all her songs (except for the piano based ones of course). She's used about 50 different tunings (!), and never uses standard tuning on her songs.

And that's the key - "Joni Mitchell Anthology" assumes everything in standing tuning (EADGBE). This makes things complicated; for example, if you're playing "Chelsea Morning" in standard tuning versus the tuning Joni played it in (open E tuning I think), it's totally different. The voicings won't be the same, and it'll probably be difficult, because the chords are strange. However, the "Hits" book tells you the correct tuning. And turns out, it's a very easy song to play. And it sounds perfect. Joel Bernstein did a fantastic job. He also knows Joni, so he's not just guessing with these tunings - they're the real deal.

So yes, you're not getting as many songs with "Hits". But it's a small price to pay for true accuracy. So it comes down to this:

If you want to try and play Joni's songs just like she does, "Hits" (and "Misses") is the book for you.

If you don't want to fumble around with weird tunings, and want a large library of songs, stick with "Anthology".
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 21, 2003
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I love Joni's music but the alternate tunings seemed to keep me away from playing it. So I finally decided to buy one of her songbooks. This book has most of her best songs and the guitar tab notations are quite good (with the exception of "Urge for Going"). It includes chord diagram boxes for guitar for most of the songs and tab notation for all of them. At the begining of each song it gives the guitar and dulcimer (for Carey and California) tunings. There are a few sparse notes throughout and all lyrics are listed under the song names at the begining of the book as well as under the music notation for each song.
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Did you know that Tom Rush taught Joni Mitchell her first open chords and then, as Tom put it, she ran away with them. Joni is probably one of the best writers of her era.
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By Marian Lees on August 21, 2013
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Love it love it love it. I listen to it over and over and my partner is getting sick if it!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bernard Litwin on June 8, 2014
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I think I bought this book about 36 years ago,
I didn't like it then and I should have known better.
It has all different tunings and no standard chords.
If you want to work very hard to play like Joni Mitchel,
you might like this, Else get a standard chord book.
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