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FDP Forum / The Chop Shop / The Doug and Pat Show: "how do you get that tone?"

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Head fulla lightning

and a hat fulla rain
Dec 30th, 2018 10:21 AM   Edit   Profile  

I know it's like kicking a dead horse--but it is in the fingers.

This interview hammers it home. Even if you're not a Joe Bonamassa fan, there is a goldmine of tone info here.

Joe has matured as a player and a person; he's developed social skills and a sense of humor, he's not afraid to talk about his weaknesses, and he also pokes a lot of jabs at himself. This 'late development' is common among child prodigies; Joe has been a guitar whiz since he was a little kid.

If you pay close attention to his style, you can hear a huge Eric Johnson influence in how he plays leads; he outlines chords as linear scales. He also has a wicked vibrato.

Joe's a total guitar nerd, and he seems like a genuinely nice guy these days.

The interview

(This message was last edited by Peegoo at 01:56 PM, Dec 30th, 2018)

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U.S. - Virginia

Dec 31st, 2018 11:34 AM   Edit   Profile  

You know, as guitar players, we have it good and bad in some ways.

Our connection to the strings themselves affords great possibilities in tonal variety but also the pitfalls of poor playing.

In contrast to piano players where their strings are several degrees of separation from their fingers via mechanisms. They still have touch but not like a guitarist, cellist, lutenist etc.

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Too Much GAS
Dec 31st, 2018 02:10 PM   Edit   Profile  

The only other "instrument" that surpasses the expressive capability strings provide is the human voice. It can be coaxed out of electronics but, it is a lot more cumbersome to do it.

Te 52

Laws of Physics

strictly enforced
Dec 31st, 2018 02:24 PM   Edit   Profile  

Here's someone who knows a bit about the expressive potential of the guitar:

hacer clic

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So, so you think you can tell?
Dec 31st, 2018 03:23 PM   Edit   Profile  

Great video as always Goo. Always try and pick something up, out of each and every one.

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U.S. - Virginia

Dec 31st, 2018 04:36 PM   Edit   Profile  

I feel like trumpet is in that arena too...

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Head fulla lightning

and a hat fulla rain
Dec 31st, 2018 05:13 PM   Edit   Profile  

It's not the instrument that qualifies it. A fine player is all it takes.

I've heard solo flute stuff that stopped me in my tracks.

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U.S. - Virginia

Dec 31st, 2018 08:01 PM   Edit   Profile  

Yes indeed that's all it takes. However that isn't the same as saying there aren't differences in how an instrument can be manipulated in certain ways in regards to human touch. Two different subjects that seem to cross paths in many conversations. Just my .02 cents of course.

(This message was last edited by Achase4u at 10:34 PM, Dec 31st, 2018)

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