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Joni Mitchell -- Hits: Authentic Guitar Tab Paperback – 1 May 1997


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Joni Mitchell has recorded twenty albums and is the winner of two Grammy Awards. She is also the recipient of, among many others, Canada's Governor General's Performing Arts Award and Billboard magazine's "Century Award." Ms. Mitchell was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in May 1997.

Joni Mitchell has recorded twenty albums and is the winner of two Grammy Awards. She is also the recipient of, among many others, Canada's Governor General's Performing Arts Award and Billboard magazine's "Century Award." Ms. Mitchell was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in May 1997.


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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa3f1f6fc) out of 5 stars 10 reviews
53 of 53 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa3df4378) out of 5 stars Not a lot of songs, but.. 2 Aug. 2005
By B - Published on Amazon.com
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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HASH(0xa3e3e87c) out of 5 stars Mostly hits the spot 21 Mar. 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
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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HASH(0xa3e3ef30) out of 5 stars Accurate 27 Jan. 2013
By Johnny Rotten - Published on Amazon.com
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This is well done. It's got the accurate alternate tunings. I would have preferred a better song selection, focusing on pieces that sound great for one guitar. The selection in this book is a mix of guitar/dulcimer arrangements, piano songs transcribed for guitar, solo guitar pieces. Otherwise I would have given this 5 stars. The Joni website also has some decent transcriptions.
HASH(0xa3c4dc00) out of 5 stars Joni is probably one of the best writers of her era 5 Feb. 2015
By Gwynn A. Evans - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
HASH(0xa3c4dc30) out of 5 stars Interesting but difficult 16 May 2016
By Jay Irwin - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm just not committed enough to learn all those tunings. But a very cool documentation of genius.
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