Dave Wakeling on the Tuning That Flummoxed Pete Townshend and David Gilmour

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ENGLISH BEAT AND GENERAL PUBLIC guitarist Dave Wakeling is best known for his hit "Save It for Later," a bouncy, infectious skapop gem. The song's tuning, D, A, D, A, A, D, or "Dad-Odd," as he says, not only gave rise to the tune's catchy riff, it also managed to stump a couple of Wakeling's heroes, who are pretty good guitarists in their own right.--Matt Blackett

"The tuning was meant to be DADGAD but I screwed up," he jokes, "but it has a nice sort of Celtic poignancy, I think. Anyway, one day Pete Townshend phones me and says, 'I'm sitting here with David Gilmour, and we're having a bit of trouble finding your tuning for "Save It for Later."' I think it was the most wonderful moment of my life as a guitar player. Those three-minute pop explosions of the Who were a big part of my early life. Then, a bit later, Ummagumma and records like that took over and the sounds of Pink Floyd were very important. …