Covering up guitar playing mistakes!

Discussion in 'THE Gretsch Discussion Forum' started by The Box, Sep 13, 2020.

  1. The Box

    The Box Gretschie

    Feb 9, 2020
    Hey Hey Hey!
    How are you doing? is everything ok?
    We all know that every guitar player makes mistakes. from guitar heroes to us ordinary players.
    But how can we cover up these unwanted mistakes? I have created a video about this to show you some of my experiences around how to cover up our mess!
    First I would like to ask you to watch it and then if you got any new ideas put them right here and share them with us.
  2. loudnlousy

    loudnlousy Gretschified

    Oct 18, 2015
    From my experience the only mistakes that are really hard to cover up are rhythmic mistakes.
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  3. Gretschtim1

    Gretschtim1 Country Gent

    Dec 4, 2012
    Dundalk, Md
    Earplugs work best for me....:D.
    Lots of the 1980s heavy metal lead players used so much echo and effects that you really couldn't hear when they blew a note.
    Put them on a Gretsch through a clean amp and they would have to use my first method...:).
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  4. manunk

    manunk Gretschie

    Put a stupid grin on and look at the bass player.
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  5. MrWookiee

    MrWookiee Gretschie

    Jun 17, 2020
    SoCal, USA
    Dang! I couldn't even hear the mistake(s) in Step 5. Great video.
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  6. 5120mantis

    5120mantis Country Gent

    Mar 6, 2011
    Put some duct tape on it, duct tape fixes everything
  7. swivel

    swivel Country Gent

    May 13, 2018
    "There are no wrong notes in Jazz, just transitional notes"
    If you hit a wrong one... slide up or down!
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  8. wabash slim

    wabash slim Gretschified

    Feb 10, 2010
    lafayette in
    I meant to do that!
    That's in the original version.
    Close enough for jazz---you don't even need to be close for rock and roll.
    Last edited: Sep 13, 2020
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  9. oneforsorrow

    oneforsorrow Gretschie

    May 15, 2020
    Your cover-ups were all very musical -- nicely done. But during all the examples, your face was out of the frame and in a real-world experience, if one can keep a poker face, the cover-up will just seem like intent.
  10. loudnlousy

    loudnlousy Gretschified

    Oct 18, 2015
    After screwing up you can always tell your fellow musicians that just in that moment all the correct notes were empty on your guitar. There simply weren`t any "high Bs or Ds" available anymore. You would have to restring to get them back.
  11. loudnlousy

    loudnlousy Gretschified

    Oct 18, 2015
    In an interview Jake E. Lee made some funny remarks about jazz-musicians. He told the interviewer that he used to play some sessions with a free-jazz combo . His fellow musicians lauded him the most when he played completely random/non-sense notes purposely. "Damn, yeah. You play so way-out of the box. Cool, man!"
  12. thunder58

    thunder58 Super Moderator Staff Member

    Dec 23, 2010
    tappan ny
    Admin Post
    Great video , and great playing too
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  13. The Box

    The Box Gretschie

    Feb 9, 2020
    That's why every good guitar teacher insists on clean tone while excercising.
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  14. The Box

    The Box Gretschie

    Feb 9, 2020
    Thank you so much.
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  15. dougmon

    dougmon Gretschie

    Jan 9, 2013
    This is sort of the same point as "say that it was intentional", but if you make a mistake --- repeat it once or twice.
  16. The Box

    The Box Gretschie

    Feb 9, 2020
    Thank you ☺️
  17. Freshy

    Freshy Synchromatic

    Sep 30, 2017
    Homosassa FLA
    Thought Id throw a dim9 in there
    Sounded great didnt it
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  18. JC higgy

    JC higgy Friend of Fred

    Jun 6, 2008
    Belfast Norn Iron
    I use to play the bad notes again,and i would've got away with it if it wasn't for one of the guys in the band crying out like they were in pain!o_O:D
    To be fair,i use to cry out Aarrghh myself,sometimes i'd do that hammer on thing like Les Paul use to do when he was taking the piss out of Eddie and the like!:D
    Last edited: Sep 14, 2020
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  19. Gregor

    Gregor Synchromatic

    Oct 17, 2018
    New Brunswick, Canada
    Exactly. In most situations the audience doesn't even notice(unless it's me with my glaring ones).
    Very nice playing and video. thanks for posting.
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  20. Teledriver

    Teledriver Gretschie

    Feb 12, 2011
    Iowa City, IA
    A jazz bass player friend of mine said what was said above - “there are no wrong notes in jazz”.
    My experience has led me to this: do the exact same mistake three times. Everyone looks at you after the second time, then look at you after the third time and wonder where you’re going... meaning, you meant to do it the whole time and to prove it you do it three times like it was “intended/written”. During a solo I’ll intentionally drop a note down or up (similarly) to imply I was using a specific scale or mode. Surprisingly I’d get compliments for the my ‘take’ on that solo.
    Sometimes though you just have to smile and shrug when it happens. That always gets the crowd on your side. Everyone relaxes and enjoys the music, and the pressure is off you the guitar player for the rest of the show.
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