Sometimes we need to be reminded..

Teledriver

Synchromatic
Feb 12, 2011
918
Iowa City, IA
At my local brick and mortar, buying some strings for my acoustic guitar. With winter at the door-step, the deck playing (electric) is on hold so it's acoustic guitar time. Whilst at the counter buying the strings, the shop owner comes into the store and plugs an electric (no idea) into an amp (no idea either) and starts to play Dig A Pony.
I look at the sales person and say "Why am I buying acoustic strings? All I wanna do is go home and plug in!!". Laughs all around.
Dig A Pony is one of those songs I always wanted to learn, and the recent documentary we've all been hearing about isn't helping.
Beatles aside, do you sometimes set out to go from one point to another, but end up inspired to go somewhere else (because of some last-minute, unexpected interruption)? For example: learn the mandolin but end up with the Theremin??? lol
 

freddyfingers

Gretschified
Yes, I am easily distracted . Shines things usually. The duo i am in has been playing it for a few years now. Occasionally when we play out with the wife we will do it when she is on break. The Get Back special allows us to see what they are actually doing on some of these songs. Thats helpful. Wait, i am distracted again……
 

LivingMyDream

Friend of Fred
May 4, 2016
6,570
Peculiar, Missouri
TD, I totally understand what happened to you, and yes, I get distracted in a lot of ways, too. Sometimes, I go into the music store for strings, and walk out with a guitar, while I'm there. And then there was the desire to play the guitar, which led me to the drums when I was thinking about rhythms, and then to buy a used keyboard workstation, because it helped me understand music theory a little easier.

Oh, and buying my first Gretsch on a whim, because I was listening to more Beatles songs, and just wanted to play closer to what I heard in the songs.

If I do buy any more guitars, it will likely be because I was thinking about something else, and all of a
sudden . . .
 

Teledriver

Synchromatic
Feb 12, 2011
918
Iowa City, IA
'Went in to buy strings and walked out with a guitar'...that's one way to get new strings (sorta new anyway). "I did get new strings honey, they're on this guitar." lol!
oh, I have been sooo tempted...one of the reasons I don't play guitars in stores.....impulse buy, impulse buy, impulse buy.
Going to the Brick and Mortar yesterday was good inspiration, even though it was a distraction from the acoustic direction I'm going towards. I have now prepared a 'set list' of ELECTRIC songs I want to re-visit or just plain learn (such as the aforementioned 'Dig A Pony') starting this weekend. I did this same thing when I picked back up the acoustic a week or two ago by properly learning That's The Way by Led Zeppelin, a song I've been playing as a rough-draft for near 30 years.
I need to keep going to this Brick and Mortar. They have a 1959 es-225 currently RIGHT THERE in it's original case as you walk in the front door. NOT going to even play it...the price is around 2500...nope...just buy the dang acoustic strings you came in for.....stay focused.....and don't even look at that 1956 Epiphone ES-125 they also have...focus, focus..!
p.s. the above guitars are no exaggeration. They are there.
 
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Highroller

Country Gent
Jun 11, 2015
1,847
Portland, OR
That's funny, because I've had I've Got A Feeling in my head all day long, thanks to that movie. I've already got about 15 Beatles tunes in my repertoire (the very fun to play Dig A Pony being one of them) - one more couldn't hurt, right?

Beginning work on it tonight.

Re purchases, yeah - I've bought more than one guitar on total impulse. Some of them have turned into favorites. I like it when that happens, it's a good thing.
 

Teledriver

Synchromatic
Feb 12, 2011
918
Iowa City, IA
@Highroller I mess around with I've Got A Feeling in open G although played in the key of A. That main riff played ala Keith Richard's open G standard '-add9' or whatever sounds really good, and is easy to do if you already know Keith's open G stuff. Sounds pretty good although not John's way of doing it.
 
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ruger9

Country Gent
Nov 1, 2008
3,456
NJ
Ever since I discovered Justin Johnson a few weeks ago, I've been researching/shopping for a resonator LOL
 

Highroller

Country Gent
Jun 11, 2015
1,847
Portland, OR
@Highroller I mess around with I've Got A Feeling in open G although played in the key of A. That main riff played ala Keith Richard's open G standard '-add9' or whatever sounds really good, and is easy to do if you already know Keith's open G stuff. Sounds pretty good although not John's way of doing it.

Thanks, being that it's kinda your basic A/D A/D A/D thing over and over, I can see where it'd lend itself to an open G tuning pretty well. Once I get the "right way" down, I'll give it a shot.

I've never been a real stickler for "playing it like the record" anyway. More fun to put your own spin on things.
 

ruger9

Country Gent
Nov 1, 2008
3,456
NJ
Thanks, being that it's kinda your basic A/D A/D A/D thing over and over, I can see where it'd lend itself to an open G tuning pretty well. Once I get the "right way" down, I'll give it a shot.

I've never been a real stickler for "playing it like the record" anyway. More fun to put your own spin on things.

In my youth, I wanted to be able to play the parts "just like my heroes", and got close but rarely exact. But as I grew and had more years under my belt, I realized that being a copy machine was NOT as musical or personal as "putting your own spin on things". In my cover band, I like playing the rhythm parts exactly right, but when it comes to the solos, I quote the memorable parts, and improvise the rest. And on some songs where the solo isn't a "signature" one, I just blow.
 

stiv

Country Gent
Sep 12, 2014
2,236
Firenze, Italy
Everytime I put my hands on a piano it reminds me I suck big time.
So all I would need to do is keep practicing, and practicing. And when I finished practicing, then practicing a little more :).
But everytime I hear the sound of a guitar, can't help but stop and pick the one I have on the guitar stand at the moment (now: my 5220).
I'll never be a decent piano player if I keep on being distracted by some Gretsch in the room! :D
 

Archtops

Country Gent
Mar 4, 2021
1,326
SoCal
I start my day telling myself, today I’m going to get out such and such guitar and play the hell out of it. Then I’ll tell myself, I’m finally going to learn how to use the looper. Then I get distracted in my shop and do neither.
 

Jelly Roll Horton

Country Gent
Nov 10, 2017
1,852
Portland, OR
Well, for today’s practice I was going to continue work on "I’m A Loser" and "She’s A Woman", but now I’ve been distracted and will have to at least explore "Dig A Pony". I also had to set "Girl" aside. :oops:
 

JeffreyLeePierre

Country Gent
Thanks, being that it's kinda your basic A/D A/D A/D thing over and over, I can see where it'd lend itself to an open G tuning pretty well. Once I get the "right way" down, I'll give it a shot.

I've never been a real stickler for "playing it like the record" anyway. More fun to put your own spin on things.
Don't forget from time to time to scream on A7 then rush to E / G / D bridge.

(I like doing that over and over too... :))
 

loudnlousy

Gretschified
Oct 18, 2015
12,063
Germany
I don`t know whether it is an advantage or not but I don´t get distracted very often.
I like to get things done as I planned them.
E.g.: When I enter a shop I usually carry a shopping-list with me and I would rarely buy something that is not on that list.
When I want to do something musical I usually plan things out before and go with it.
I am like a bulldozer when it comes to finishing things in a straight way.
 


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