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Kuykendall to perform different fingering styles in concert April 27

Steve Kuykendall sits with some of the guitars he will play during his “For the Love of Guitar” starting at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 27, at the Arts Center. John M. Steiner The Sun

It will sound like multiple instruments and singers are on the stage when Steve Kuykendall performs his first acoustic guitar concert at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 27, at the Arts Center.

He will perform by himself with his guitars and some technology that make one person and guitar sound like a duo or small ensemble.

Kuykendall will perform a variety of songs, from pop to hymns to country and rock ’n’ roll, during his concert at the Arts Center.

“I will have seven different acoustic guitars,” he said. “These will display various styles of tone, neck profiles and various tunings.”

Tuning is when a player adjusts the tension on a string or strings using the tuning pegs on the head of a guitar. Kuykendall said a player can adjust the tuning pegs so a guitar can sound different, yet still be “in tune.” He said he will use some alternate tunings during his performance.

“What that does (using alternate tunings) is elicit different moods, different tone clusters,” he said. “It makes things sound different than what you’re used to hearing.”

Kuykendall will play songs he has composed himself using the “fingerstyle” of guitar play. Fingerstyle is not just strumming a chord, but having a player use his or her fingers on the neck and body of the instrument to produce notes.

Kuykendall said this will be the first time he will perform some of his original compositions in Jamestown. He also said this is the first time he has performed an all acoustic guitar show in his 50-year career as a performing artist.

Kuykendall said other than one lesson from his father on how to play three chords – D, A7 and G – he is self-taught on the guitar.

“My Dad and his dad were guitar pickers,” he said. “They were what I call ‘porch sitters,’ they never made any money with their guitars, but played their whole lives.”

Kuykendall is a retired painting contractor who moved to Jamestown with his wife, Nancy, in 2012. He also performs during part of the services at First Baptist Church in Jamestown.

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Chris Olson

Hometown: Traverse City, MI College: Northwestern Michigan College and Michigan State University

(701) 952-8454
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