Joni Mitchell: California (live)

April 27, 2007

Here is a live performance from a BBC special of Joni Mitchell singing “California.” Joni had polio in her youth and did not have the strength in her right hand to manage playing chords in the traditional manner. To get around this, she played both the dulcimer and the guitar using bar chords, and retuned the instruments. You’ll see every chord in this number is a bar chord. In the long run this worked in her favor as she came up with chords no one else used in pop music.

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