Yamashita: Multiple scordatura

Kazuhito Yamashita's transcription of "Pictures at an Exhibition" by Mussorgsky calls for retuning of more than one string - within a movement - that is to say,while the music continues.

Kazuhito Yamashita demonstrating Multiple scordatura
Kazuhito Yamashita demonstrating Multiple scordatura.

To most guitarists, who have enough of a problem playing in tune, and in one tuning ... this represents a whole new take on the concept of tuning.

The image shows a snapshot of Yamashita adjusting the tuning of the E string (not a scordatura in this case) without breaking stride. The movement from fretboard to tuning peg and back is almost a blur and no audible break in the music was evident.