Said no guitarist ever ...

Discussion in 'Fred's Barcalounge' started by drmilktruck, Aug 14, 2019.

  1. stevo

    stevo Country Gent

    May 1, 2012
    Atlanta
    Funny thing. Was in a motel in Durango Colorado packing for a week long trip in the mountains there. It was bike week and there were several Harleys parked in the lot. I was trying to take a nap and one guy was revving his engine and another guy started shouting to him and pretty soon they were striking up a conversation. Black leather, boots, the whole "we're not 1%ers, but we could be" look.

    Turns out the one guy is from Denmark. That night I hear this really square sounding accordion music from one of the rooms. It was really good, but it was very Lawrence Welk. Yea, it was the Danish guy. One of his saddle bags is exclusively for the accordion. Not Motorhead? Guess not.

    I'll never profile a cruiser bike rider again.
     
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  2. stevo

    stevo Country Gent

    May 1, 2012
    Atlanta
    There is one banjo song I like a lot:

     
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  3. wabash slim

    wabash slim Friend of Fred

    Age:
    69
    Feb 10, 2010
    lafayette in
    Eagles' "Journey of the Sorcerer" is another. It's the theme song for "Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy".
     
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  4. stevo

    stevo Country Gent

    May 1, 2012
    Atlanta
    Nice - thanks.
     
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  5. blueruins

    blueruins Country Gent

    May 28, 2013
    Savannah, GA
    I’ll admit I don’t get the stigma....good banjo playing always brings a smile to my face.

    I’ll agree that the charm wears thin after a half an hour or so before unless they’re extremely talented.
     
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  6. Charging Charlie

    Charging Charlie Gretschie

    103
    Jun 21, 2018
    Maryland
    This guitar I just got off E-Bay seems OK , I don't think I will change anything on it...........( for a minute ) LOL
     
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  7. Synchro

    Synchro The artist formerly known as: Synchro Staff Member

    Jun 2, 2008
    Tucson
    Admin Post
    Sad, but true, on both counts.
     
  8. wabash slim

    wabash slim Friend of Fred

    Age:
    69
    Feb 10, 2010
    lafayette in
    I gave up on sheet music when I was seven. It just slowed me down. I hear it, I play it.

    Day job? I like to eat, and there were just too many "Do it for the exposure" gigs.
     
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  9. Synchro

    Synchro The artist formerly known as: Synchro Staff Member

    Jun 2, 2008
    Tucson
    Admin Post
    I don’t rely on it all that much, but I’ve kept up my reading skills over the years.
     
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  10. wabash slim

    wabash slim Friend of Fred

    Age:
    69
    Feb 10, 2010
    lafayette in
    I can still pick out the notes on the G clef slowly. It's still faster for me just listening to the song.
     
  11. Synchro

    Synchro The artist formerly known as: Synchro Staff Member

    Jun 2, 2008
    Tucson
    Admin Post
    I can learn a song fairly quickly just by playing the melody and the changes usually jump out at me. However, I still find it useful to sight read, on occasion.

    IMHO, it’s still a viable skill and has served me well. Back in the ‘90s, I got to play a set at a jam night. It was just me, a bassist and a drummer for about an hour. I had a Real Book for tunes I barely knew and that saw me through. It was a dream come true for me; playing nothing but Standards and blowing solos off the top of my head.
     
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  12. Sabato

    Sabato Synchromatic

    567
    Mar 22, 2019
    Massachusetts
    Raised in Massapequa, New York, Setzer began learning guitar as a kid. By the time he was a teenager, he had absorbed his teacher's jazz lessons and loved coloring his assigned songs with jazzy modulations. Though he didn't know it at the time, his learning how to read and write music, as opposed to just playing by ear, would become a key advantage in his eclectic career.
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  13. johnny g

    johnny g Synchromatic

    898
    Sep 2, 2017
    union, ms
    The recall the last time I was in a guitar shop looking at very pricy guitar. My wife was with me at the time. Her comment was, go ahead but remember it could be part of a divorce settlement.
     
  14. reckless toboggan

    reckless toboggan Electromatic

    49
    Jul 22, 2019
    Canada
    You don't have to shout, I can hear you just fine.
     
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  15. Ian Jordan

    Ian Jordan Gretschie

    109
    Oct 14, 2012
    Coggeshall England
    OK darling, if I have got to choose between you and my guitar, there really is no choice. I will stay.
     
  16. larryb

    larryb Gretschified

    Age:
    50
    Oct 29, 2012
    Greenville, SC
    What a good player never says:

    "That guy/gal is WAY better than me!!"
     
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  17. wabash slim

    wabash slim Friend of Fred

    Age:
    69
    Feb 10, 2010
    lafayette in
    Turn it down, please!
     
  18. Gretschtim1

    Gretschtim1 Country Gent

    Dec 4, 2012
    Dundalk, Md
    Me Too.
     
  19. Gretschtim1

    Gretschtim1 Country Gent

    Dec 4, 2012
    Dundalk, Md
    Lack of reading music hasn't slowed down McCartney any.
    I wish I could read music but I actually learn songs faster and more correctly than any of my music buddies that play strictly by reading.
    There are tons of little subtle things that happen in a performance that just can't be notated. That's what makes every different player unique. I often wonder how much difference there was in the sound of a real Beethoven performance compared to the performances of orchestras of today playing strictly off of the sheet music. We'll never know for sure but I think it would be as different as that of an Elvis or Beatles' imitator as compared to the real thing.
     
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  20. Gretschtim1

    Gretschtim1 Country Gent

    Dec 4, 2012
    Dundalk, Md
    So how's your new wife doing?...:D
     
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