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FDP Forum / The Chop Shop / Pinching licks

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Oct 26th, 2018 07:44 AM   Edit   Profile  

Been playing a lot of bass lately so decided to do a bit of guitaring

While pondering what to play a recent copy of vintage guitar mag was close by, so I decided to play through the lesson section. It was a Danny Gratton feature

After struggling through it at about a quarter the speed it really is played at, I was about to put the mag away when it occurred to me that I should try and get more out of the lesson.

So started playing 1 or 2 bar phrases at various speeds from the examples given . In no time I had a nice little shuffle in E going with some tasty fills and licks over the top.

Most likely it was nothing like Mr Gratton played but having seen some video of him I thought he would be up there smiling in amusement at what I was doing and whispering in my ear "steal as many licks as you can, thats how I got started".

Again it showed me that what you can get out of a lesson is only limited by your imagination


(This message was last edited by windmill at 06:42 PM, Oct 26th, 2018)

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Oct 26th, 2018 08:54 AM   Edit   Profile  

I've discovered this same thing you write about. More often than not, when I'm working on a fretboard exercise, I'll come up with a cool little lick, riff or chord pattern. It's one of those "I gotta remember this one because I can use it" moments.

And unless I write it down or record it, it's gone. Which is usually what happens.

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Oct 26th, 2018 10:15 AM   Edit   Profile  

Right, and this catchy original tune that's running through my head at three o'clock in the morning is so memorable and distinctive, there's no need to get up and write it down, I *know* I'll remember it in the morning.

No you won't.

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Oct 26th, 2018 10:47 AM   Edit   Profile  

"No you won't."

Exactly. Which is why I've learned to go straight to the recording rig. Or if it's simple enough, I can write it from head to notation at least.


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Oct 26th, 2018 10:53 AM   Edit   Profile  

My phone with it's voice memo recorder app is always nearby. It's my main way of writing and working on original songs.

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Oct 27th, 2018 06:53 PM   Edit   Profile  

It's why I love the robotuners on my 'in reach' instruments. I fire up the DAW, plug in, and by the time I can see straight if I was sleeping - the song is on the reels in proper tune.

I lost a few to setup time until I had a permanent rig that could be up and flying with everything in < 30s.

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