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Tony Toni Tone: Small Hands, but Wiggin' Grooves

Magazine article Guitar Player

Tony Toni Tone: Small Hands, but Wiggin' Grooves

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"I never used to give much thought to having small hands until I started working with my partner Jubu Smith," observes Tony Toni Tone's master of the smooth groove, D'Wayne Wiggins. "He can put his thumb all the way over the neck to hit bass notes. It made me realize that I can hardly use my thumb at all. I just plant my index finger and do the Sly Stone thing by combining barre chords and blues notes."

Oakland's Tony Toni Tone vent a supple soul vibe on the million-selling Sons Of Soul [Wing/Mercury] that landed them the '93 opening slot on Janet Jackson's World Domination tour. For D'Wayne, it's a mighty long stretch from strumming a Montgomery Ward Valco while growing up in the Bay Area. "My dad was a real bluesman," he reports. "The first song I ever played onstage was |Hey Joe.'" Wiggins, 28, recorded all of his Soul parts direct with an '82 Gibson L-5 and a '71 Fender Coronado -- "filled with just enough foam to deaden low-end hum but not destroy the tone. …

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