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Playing guitar by yourself.

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by charlie chitlin, Apr 16, 2018.

  1. charlie chitlin

    charlie chitlin Doctor of Teleocity

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    Nope.
    Your amp demo sounded fine.
     
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  2. soulgeezer

    soulgeezer Poster Extraordinaire

    Nov 5, 2006
    Sinatra's World
    The only people asking me for demos are the folks at Costco who want another tiny wiener in a blanket... :(
     
  3. DougM

    DougM Tele-Afflicted

    Jul 5, 2017
    Honolulu, HI
    Since I'm in such poor health, and so don't get out much anymore, I've found that I get a lot more enjoyment playing at home alone since I got a looper to lay down rhythm parts to solo over. What I miss most is the interaction with other players, where we feed off of each other, and get new ideas from each other's varying styles.
     
  4. Sollipsist

    Sollipsist Tele-Afflicted

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    How many relatively well-known unaccompanied electric guitarists are there really?
     
  5. Piggy Stu

    Piggy Stu Friend of Leo's

    Feb 26, 2017
    UK
    I cannot find a link to the back catalogue of Chess or Sun records but there have been loads - my favourite music
     
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  6. moosie

    moosie Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

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    That's hilarious (now). I'm guessing most mimes are passive-aggressive, but one with anger issues... pretty funny.
     
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  7. moosie

    moosie Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

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    Chet Atkins.

    Bill Frisell. Of course. :lol:
     
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  8. Johnson johnson

    Johnson johnson Tele-Holic

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    2 young kids, rural living, my looper is very handy but I sorely miss the musical interactions of another.
     
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  9. telemnemonics

    telemnemonics Doctor of Teleocity

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    On banjo?
     
  10. unfamous

    unfamous Tele-Meister

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    At college in about 1979, Larry Coryell was booked for a solo performance. I don't know if it cost too much to bring (or find) another musician; but, if he could've carried it off solo, he didn't that night. He blamed "being tired".
     
  11. telemnemonics

    telemnemonics Doctor of Teleocity

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    Chet and Bill backed up angry mimes?

    I've seen Bill a few times and never noticed the mimes, but I did observe some interesting audience behaviors.
    At one show at the 1369 Jazz club circa 1985 I was eventually the only one left in the audience; maybe I was the mime?

    Now that I think of it, when I've tried to talk to Bill after a show he mostly shrugged and made little sounds of agreement in response to compliments.
    Maybe Frisell is a mime?
     
  12. skantzos

    skantzos TDPRI Member

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    I fully sympathise with the op. When i was young trying out gerar would stress me. Nowadays tho I have developed the skill to play fragments in semi competent manner and pretend I am much better than what I really am... Of course a gig is always harder and the true measure of one's abilities
     
  13. Sollipsist

    Sollipsist Tele-Afflicted

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    Frisell was the first one I thought of :)
     
  14. Sounds Good

    Sounds Good Tele-Holic

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    I can play ok without any backing i have done it right from start i suppose just to get my playing clean and clear and in time, when i do improv to a backing track now and then my playing seems abit lost after practising so long the other way but i find after a while i can adapt now.
     
  15. Oldgitplayer

    Oldgitplayer Tele-Holic

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    Stating the obvious - Playing in a group and playing solo are totally different skills.
    I play solo acoustic and band electric using totally different repertoires. I like both ways because they are so different from each other.
    I generally play finger style acoustic and its an opportunity to produce a lot of subtle chord inversions or different tunings and the like.
    Playing in a band is more rock 'n roll.
     
  16. moosie

    moosie Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

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    I think with Bill, you'd have to come up to him and say "I'm not really sure you're that good..."

    "I know, right? I .... feel so .... GUILTY..." :D
     
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  17. moosie

    moosie Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

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    Then there's Julian and Ted...



     
  18. awasson

    awasson Friend of Leo's

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    Nov 18, 2010
    Vancouver
    I’ve got the same problem. I’ve done a couple of pickup demos that should have sounded better than they did. As soon as I hit record, I tense up and my timing is screwed. I think the answer is to do more recording to make it more of a normal thing.
     
  19. telemnemonics

    telemnemonics Doctor of Teleocity

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    I was reading the OP as being more about style, as in not being as much of a solo performer, and sounding better with the rest of the pieces.

    But yeah I've always had a problem where operating recording equipment changes the way I operate a musical instrument, usually for the worse.
    I get kind of rushed, thinking about how it's going to sound.

    Playing music is a lot like being in an altered state, meditation or channeling spirits of the dead.

    Heh.
     
  20. Fiesta Red

    Fiesta Red Friend of Leo's

    Nov 15, 2010
    Texas
    Half of the iconic solos,songs and riffs sound very different--even bad--When played by themselves. The same goes for vocals or any other lead instrument.

    Look up "Eric Clapton While My Guitar Gently Weeps" and "David Lee Roth Running With The Devil" isolated tracks.
     
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