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Help with simulating a car horn noise on guitar

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by Doctorx33, Dec 7, 2018.

  1. Doctorx33

    Doctorx33 Tele-Afflicted

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    Jun 8, 2014
    Atlanta
    I got volunteered to play guitar in the church Christmas play. There's a scene where they need a car horn and they've been using a harmonica to do it. At the dress rehearsal last night the director said she wants a better sounding horn, and I foolishly volunteered to come up with it.

    Anybody know what notes make a up a car horn noise?
     
  2. MrCairo46

    MrCairo46 Friend of Leo's

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  3. magicfingers99

    magicfingers99 Tele-Holic

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    May 7, 2015
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    use your phone to record a car horn, then trigger it when needed, if you've got a looper that you can upload samples to, upload it to the looper.
     
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  4. E5RSY

    E5RSY Poster Extraordinaire

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  5. StrangerNY

    StrangerNY Friend of Leo's Gold Supporter

    A major third will do it. Play it in a key other than whatever key the song is in.

    - D
     
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  6. soulgeezer

    soulgeezer Poster Extraordinaire

    Nov 5, 2006
    Sinatra's World
    Check out the live version of Freeway Jam with the Jan Hammer Group -- Jeff Beck accomplishes it quite nicely...
     
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  7. Dennyf

    Dennyf Tele-Afflicted

    Feb 9, 2011
    Charlotte, NC
    F# and A# together. Pick the octave that sounds most like a car to you.
     
  8. E5RSY

    E5RSY Poster Extraordinaire

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    You'll need to roll the volume knob or use a volume pedal for a quick swell.
     
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  9. StrangerNY

    StrangerNY Friend of Leo's Gold Supporter

    Or pick both strings together for a 'beep-beep.'

    - D
     
  10. Deeve

    Deeve Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

    Dec 7, 2009
    Ballard
    Devil's tri-tone
     
  11. JuneauMike

    JuneauMike Friend of Leo's

    May 5, 2015
    Alaska
    Mr Wrong, by Cracker. The car horn comes in just between the third verse, "I drive a one-eyed Malibu without a muffler" and "and a tape deck that works if you kick it hard enough"


    The opening B that is picked in an inverted pattern in I Am The Walrus was meant to imitate a European police siren. When you play it on guitar, it becomes obvious. Ha.
     
  12. flathd

    flathd Friend of Leo's

    Jan 29, 2008
    Twin Cities,MN
    Zip tie this to headstock....

    old car horn.jpg
     
  13. Pualee

    Pualee Tele-Meister

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    Feb 5, 2014
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    Since nobody posted already:

    Trivia fact - most horns are F (or used to be).

    Play an F with the volume swell as noted above.
     
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  14. beach bob

    beach bob Friend of Leo's

    Jan 31, 2008
    South Florida
    This.

    Take your 1st finger, grab the B and G strings at the 13th fret. Bend 'em both, and wiggle your finger a bit so the two strings are separated some, so they go out of tune from an in-tune third interval. Two quick pick attacks, for the courtesy beep-beep. Volume swell, and apply talent bar, to simulate a long horn blow with doppler effect...

    Repeat at the seventh fret, for the truck horn, ala the tune mentioned above. That fella Jeff Beck is a dang genius on the guitar.
     
    Last edited: Dec 7, 2018
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  15. JuneauMike

    JuneauMike Friend of Leo's

    May 5, 2015
    Alaska
    I always thought C7 was a little like a car horn.
     
  16. P Thought

    P Thought Poster Extraordinaire Silver Supporter

    Sounds like you get a prime parking space on performance night!
     
  17. Guitarzan

    Guitarzan Poster Extraordinaire

    Feb 28, 2006
    Hotlanta, GA
    Bill Kirchen's playing is the first thing I thought of in response.

    A midi recording was second.
     
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