I teach myself to play stupid old songs on guitars.

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by John Backlund, Feb 11, 2019.

  1. John Backlund

    John Backlund Friend of Leo's Gold Supporter

    Nov 2, 2003
    South Dakota
    ....but I like them.

    Today, I was self-learning a fingerstyle instrumental version of......'Sweet Betsy From Pike', while last week it was 'Oh My Darling Clementine'. Only two chords in that whole Clementine thing.

    I can't resist lyrics like this...

    'Ruby lips, above the water,
    blowing bubbles soft and fine,
    but alas, I weren't a swimmer,
    thus I lost my Clementine'.

    That's gold right there, gold I tell you!

    I'm a bit concerned, however, that I may have started down a dark path-of-no-return with this stuff. I mean.....is there a four string banjo and a straw hat in my near future? Maybe a mustache and those goofy-ass round-framed spectacles?
    Last edited: Feb 11, 2019
  2. 3fngrs

    3fngrs Friend of Leo's

    Oct 30, 2017
    It's called folk and I should learn a lot of that old stuff. Burl Ives did a lot of that. With a velvet voice, I might add.
  3. RodeoTex

    RodeoTex Poster Extraordinaire

    Sep 14, 2005
    Nueces Strip
    Nothing wrong with that John.
    My 6th grade music teacher taught me finger picking to a bunch of folk songs.
    I still use that nonsense in a lot of formats.
  4. Lake Placid Blue

    Lake Placid Blue Poster Extraordinaire

    Sep 24, 2016
    I think everyone should learn Ghost Chickens in the Sky.
  5. 3fngrs

    3fngrs Friend of Leo's

    Oct 30, 2017
    The melodies are straightforward and obvious. Great for ear training and practicing fingerpicking.
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  6. telleutelleme

    telleutelleme Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

    Jan 15, 2010
    They have all stood the test of time. Good for you.
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  7. Toto'sDad

    Toto'sDad Telefied Ad Free Member

    Jun 21, 2011
    I'd say if you ain't infected, you're sure showing a lot of symptoms! :D
  8. Larmo63

    Larmo63 Tele-Afflicted

    Feb 1, 2018
    Timbuktu, Earth
    "Dream a Little Dream of Me" is a song from the twenties that I play.

    It's still a "panty dropper."
  9. Viejo

    Viejo Tele-Holic

    Feb 12, 2011
    Central IL
    My Dad belonged to the RCA Record Club every now and then he would let my brother or myself pick a record. I always chose a Homer and Jethro LP.

    "Down in the alley
    In back of a bar
    at Honest John's Car Lot
    I bought my first car"

    Just one fine example still stuck in my head
  10. John How

    John How Tele-Meister

    Mar 22, 2016
    Auburn, Ca
    When my dad was alive, he would plink out old melodies like that while I tried to accompany him...the best were him playing harmonica while I played the guitar...mostly old fiddle tunes...great memories
  11. Harry Styron

    Harry Styron Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

    Aug 2, 2011
    Branson, Mo
    You need suspenders.
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  12. aerhed

    aerhed Tele-Afflicted

    Dec 24, 2016
    Boulder, WY
    Try that Clementine thing with a tube screamer. Could be a hit.
  13. getbent

    getbent Telefied Ad Free Member

    I got a banjo and used those songs to learn to play it.... I find that those songs are 'gold' and that if people here me playing and singing them... they jump in and sing along...
  14. RLee77

    RLee77 Friend of Leo's

    May 15, 2016
    Silicon Valley
    Oh no we’ve lost John... the only question now is, banjo or accordion?
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  15. HoodieMcFoodie

    HoodieMcFoodie Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

    Oct 22, 2007
    Tamworth, 'straya.
    I can see a limited edition line of Backlund Banjos in the future... ;)
  16. Obsessed

    Obsessed Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

    Nov 21, 2012
    Yikes, I sense a change in John's guitar designs. Resist John, resist.
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  17. John Backlund

    John Backlund Friend of Leo's Gold Supporter

    Nov 2, 2003
    South Dakota
    Wife gave me strict orders on the 'banjo thing' many years ago..."can't have!", but I did sneak in an old accordian some years ago, not to play, I just like to stare at all that pretty swirly plastic the damn things wear....never mind the Indian patch, it was a running joke on another forum....
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  18. John Backlund

    John Backlund Friend of Leo's Gold Supporter

    Nov 2, 2003
    South Dakota
    Not likely, I have enough trouble 'selling' crazy guitars....but lap steels and mandolins are a possibility.
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  19. John Backlund

    John Backlund Friend of Leo's Gold Supporter

    Nov 2, 2003
    South Dakota
    I've been trying to develop a decent instrumental version of 'Ghost Riders In The Sky' on and off for years. I only play in an open tonight anymore, and although it shouldn't be all that difficult, I just can't get parts of it, same deal with 'Sleepwalk'. Part of the problem is just not sitting down and diving into them until I get them hammered out.
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  20. notmyusualuserid

    notmyusualuserid Friend of Leo's

    May 3, 2016
    In the South
    Nothing wrong with that, it's been covered by the greats.

    And Eddie Vedder

    On ukulele
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