American rocker Bruce Springsteen has reinvented the way he plays guitar, stripping his live show down to the bare essentials and even ditching his backing band.

But the BORN IN THE USA star insists if he strums in the right way, he can bring out the sonic power of an entire orchestra from just six strings.

He says, "I don't have a piano and a sax and drums behind me on this tour.

"I had to re-approach the guitar as an instrument of solo accompaniment.

"I'm constantly asking myself, How can I wring as much music and meaning as possible out of those six strings?

"One thing I do know: With the correct playing style, you can summon up an orchestra."

13/07/2005 05:25