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Rigby1027
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Anybody got a band-aid?
Jan 13th, 2014 04:14 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I vowed to play more guitar in 2014. Try and learn a riff or song per day. That has already gone out the window, but I have picked up Day Tripper by the Beatles, Los Strait Jackets Casbah,and a Jason Boland song called Backslider Blues. I have to play those everyday to retain them.

I'm sure I'll run out of steam and I hope to incorporate some theory of some kind this year.

woodall
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Albino Blue
Jan 15th, 2014 11:55 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Seems too aggressive. Try something new every 2-4 weeks, and in the off time, jam to incorporate it into your own style of playing. Helps in retention and keeps the steam going. Use it or lose it.

But never stop learning and jamming. Be diverse. YT, teacher, pals, ear and books/tab etc. Good luck.

windmill
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older,better
Jan 25th, 2014 02:32 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Timing
I just have to learn to count, I'm shocked at how bad I am !

So everyday, in a little way, I'm getting better and better :)

mojodelic
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acting like a high school kid
Jan 25th, 2014 05:45 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

As usual, just when I'm getting into what I wanted to do the phone rings- this weekend I have a private party, so I gotta learn:

Feel Like Makin' love BC
Pink Cadillac Bruce
Mama Don't Dance L&M
Only R&R Keef & Co.
Drift Away
For What its Worth BS

The good news is I already sort of knew most of these, but some of them (like the nuances in Drift Away) are just too cool not to learn correctly.


ninworks
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Too Much GAS
Jan 25th, 2014 07:05 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Jam more. I have been working on finger exercises religiously for the last few years trying to get my chops in order after a long bout with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Now I need to put those chops to good use but, I need to do some more jamming to integrate them into my arsenal. It's coming along nicely.

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between the raindrops
Jan 25th, 2014 07:09 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Keep a book of charts. Whenever you work up a new tune, make a chart with the lyrics and chord changes, and put it into a 3-ring binder.

You'll thank me later =o)

woodall
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Albino Blue
Jan 25th, 2014 08:16 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Ditto on what Peegoo said. I always do that too (Binder). Because later you might need a quick refresher or you can copy it for another band member to quickly learn. Or use it as a cheat sheet at a gig if you must.

As for timing: only practice with a metronome or a good backing track(s) or others at a jam. And count as you play. Listen to the drummer and bass player as well (beats). Synch in there.

And yes: Practice Practice Practice daily and JAM JAM JAM often with anyone, esp someone better. Don't feel intimidated! Learn what you can and write it down. Record audio or video too of you alone playing and when jamming. You'd be surprise what you learn about yourself that way. Also helps to improve your playing if you stay objective but not so critical you stop playing. So play a lot. Tune those strings down a 1/2 or whole step to be gentle on your fingers so you play more. Helps with Blues bending too.

Capture all that FREE Youtube stuff as well. Great lessons and backing tracks there.

GOOD LUCK. Don't stop believing ...

fscott
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Jan 27th, 2014 09:14 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I've been learning On the Sunny Side of the Street in the key of D on my tenor sax. That makes it in the key of C on the guitar. I've memorized the chords and can play it in C on the guitar. Plus, I've memorized the lyrics which is kind of new for me. I'm the guy who knows a line or three from oodles of songs but knows ALL of the lyrics to maybe a half dozen songs. This is my committment to memorizing whole songs. For the above song, I have the sheet music with lyrics from a Bb Hal Leonard Fake Book and the backing track from Vol. 49 (Sugar) of the Jamey Aebersold series. And I have the actual song from Willie Nelson's Stardust album and from a Louis Armstrong cd. I've been practicing for an hour every day so I can burn the tune into my memory and fingers.
Next on my list is Moon River, which I'm working on to a lesser degree.

5Strats
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Jan 27th, 2014 09:38 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

As of yesterday, I have written ten songs for my band to record in the studio later this year.

We're are still tweaking some of the songs when it comes to arrangements, but most are complete.

ALSO - We're doing a U2 medley for live work (I Will Follow/Beautiful Day/Where the Streets Have no Name) and I'm still trying to get the guitar parts to sound more like The Edge. The guitar parts are pretty simple, but the FX can be tricky, particularly when you're singing lead.

(This message was last edited by 5Strats at 11:39 AM, Jan 27th, 2014)

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Jan 29th, 2014 12:11 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I've noticed that my pick goes way down below the strings so I'm trying to be more conscious of that and working to keep from digging too deep.

Slow phrasing, I'm playing a guitar that has great sustain (SG) so I want to slow down and milk those notes and let them ring!

After playing slide guitar for the last 3-4 years I'm trying to get back into playing straight again. I had completely lost the callous on the slide finger.



6 Cylinder Slim

South Carolina

Shoes for Industry
Feb 9th, 2014 11:32 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

As usual, I'm learning songs I'll never have any use for professionally. I'm sure there was a mix up somewhere and I was supposed to be making music in the 1940's and 50's.

RonC_Picker
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It's A Dry Heat
Feb 11th, 2014 09:04 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I've been busy learning the bass lines to the following:

The Tide Is High-Blondie
Your Precious Love-Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell
Smiling Face-James Taylor
Stairway to Heaven-Led Zeppelin
More Today Than Yesterday-Spiral Staircase
The Joker-Steve Miller Band

Other recent (2013) bass line learnings:
Rhiannon-Fleetwood Mac
It Must Have Been Love-Roxette
Rescue Me-Fontella Bass

--Want to learn bass lines no matter how long it takes:
I Want You Back-Jackson 5
What's Going On?-Marvin Gaye
If I can get those, I will consider myself arrived.

I don't play in a band, and only occasionally get to play with a guitar player; so it's mostly just for my satisfaction at home. Usually just playing along with MP3s or Amazing Slowdowner.

(Sigh--If I only could read standard notation, but that's a topic for another thread.)

Stratotron

USA

Feb 11th, 2014 09:29 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Have migrated to using a Microsoft Surface RT for charts/sheets. I like it because everytime I edit or make notes on a chart I can save it. I don't have to look through files to see the last version that I played.

Our music leader uses a program called Planning Cneter Online, that will give e-mail me with schedule/rehearsal reminders, pdf charts of the songs and MP3 files with the songs in the keys that we will be playing them in. Planning Center is iPad centric so using a MS Tablet has some quirks.

I ahve added an Air Turn bluetooth foot operated page turner. Nice

Here is the unintended outcome of all of this. I tend to memeorize arrangements anyway, so I have found that, with a tablet insead of a book, I tend to spend less time looking at my music stand for some reason. A couple of weeks back, my tablet went in to some kind of a weird password mode 10 minutes before time to play. I thought, I can mess around with this, or I can go to the bathroom. I went to the bathroom and played the service by memorey.

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6 Cylinder Slim

South Carolina

Shoes for Industry
Feb 24th, 2014 10:37 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

If you're learning The Tide Is High, go to the source.

The Paragons Tide Is High

Rigby1027

USA, Lubbock

Anybody got a band-aid?
Feb 24th, 2014 01:44 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I've picked up about 10-15 things I've wanted to know for a while.

Need to work on my three ring binder. Funny is when I started I kept one handy. Now I just mark the chords on my favorites tab on Google Chrome and it follows me everywhere. Chrome on the smart phone and tablet helps. Always accessible. Still would like to do the three ring binder thing.

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Bluz Cowboy
Feb 24th, 2014 03:06 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Last night I started messing around with "Starting Over" by the Big John L. As I got into it, thinking "how genius is this", what great chords, I got to thinking "how would those guys I play with ever learn this?" So I went on to something easier, "Crippled Inside".


Cal Webway
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Poet Lariat
Feb 25th, 2014 06:41 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

instrumentals, cause I still can't find someone to back up.

"Hill St. Blues theme".
Have had most of it for yrs, but wanna do more of it middle section.

"A Day In the Life":
Also hv done half'ed-a** thru past few yrs, but finally sitting dn with the recording getting nuances etc.

"Everybody Wants to Rule the World"-
for my 6 string bass Dano, with homemade B-Bender.
By ear figured 64%, but also sitting down with the recording finally.

Beach Boy's "Surf's Up"
Gettin' it good. Have to do some gentle tapping at times as I chord, as doing the melody in that section within the chording is not fully possible

some classical, "Moonlight Sonata" etc

(This message was last edited by Cal Webway at 08:45 AM, Feb 25th, 2014)

fscott
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Saskatchewan, Canada

Feb 25th, 2014 09:32 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Wheels by The String-A-Longs on guitar.

RonC_Picker
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Az

It's A Dry Heat
Feb 25th, 2014 09:53 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"If you're learning The Tide Is High, go to the source."

Thanks, Slim. Very cool version that I hadn't heard before.

Added one more song bassline this past week...Marvin Gaye's "Sexual Healing"

fscott
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Saskatchewan, Canada

Feb 27th, 2014 08:19 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Don't Get Around Much Anymore on the tenor sax as well as those mentioned in my above posts. I have a backing track for it so I can play along with it.

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