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Style You Listen to but Don’t Play

Discussion in 'Music to Your Ears' started by rave, May 16, 2018.

  1. RiverDog

    RiverDog Tele-Afflicted

    Sep 23, 2007
    St. Augustine, FL

  2. Zepfan

    Zepfan Poster Extraordinaire

    Nov 30, 2013
    Horn Lake, MS
    What we listen to is our influences, but what comes out is often different with traces of the influences. Otherwise your just repeating what you've heard.
    What comes out can change with moods and age.
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  3. twangjeff

    twangjeff Tele-Afflicted

    Feb 2, 2010
    Houston, TX
    So I think there is a difference between playing a style, and being a true practitioner of that style.

    For instance... I understand jazz harmony, improvisation, and I know a fair amount of standards, even a few Parker heads etc. That being said, if somebody called me to play a straight ahead jazz gig, I would probably give it to a friend of mine that is a bona fide jazz player, and hope that he sends me his calls for country gigs. IE- If on the course of a gig, we were to all decide to play Cherokee, I would kill it, but after the first 3 or 4 songs I imagine the well would start to run dry.

    The flipside is, I could play a country gig and never repeat the same lick all night. I love jazz, and I can play jazz, but I will probably never be a Jazz player.
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  4. refin

    refin Friend of Leo's

    Feb 24, 2005
    Florida Panhandle

  5. The Angle

    The Angle Tele-Meister

    Dec 19, 2017
    Seattle, WA
    Put me down for another gypsy jazz. Love it; can't seem to play it.

  6. 3-Chord-Genius

    3-Chord-Genius Friend of Leo's

    Apr 3, 2015
    Winchester, VA

  7. NJ Deadhead

    NJ Deadhead Tele-Meister

    Jan 25, 2017
    Greenville, SC
    No diving required...if you can keep a beat, and you know basic chords, you can play reggae on the guitar.

  8. bottlenecker

    bottlenecker Friend of Leo's

    Dec 6, 2015
    Turkish makam, Indian raga, Zulu maskandi. I try to mimic them sometimes for fun, but I'd never claim to play any of those three.

  9. Sollipsist

    Sollipsist Tele-Afflicted

    Aug 25, 2016
    Real reggae guitar may be more challenging than it seems. It's really easy to play too much. And there may only be 2 or 3 basic barre chords in a song, but if you don't get the tone, rhythm and muting right... well, just listen to some of the not-entirely-convincing efforts of Clapton, Page and Andy Summers, not to mention countless less conspicuously gifted American fratboys :D

  10. basher

    basher Tele-Afflicted

    Jun 7, 2007
    Washington, DC
    Ska is a big one for me. If I were going to try to play it, I'd be more likely to dust off my trombone than play guitar.

  11. kinkstah

    kinkstah Tele-Afflicted

    Sep 22, 2007

  12. Paul in Colorado

    Paul in Colorado Telefied Ad Free Member

    Mar 17, 2003
    Fort Collins, CO
    I listen to jazz and classical music, but other then a couple of standards, I don't play jazz and symphony music just smokes my brain if I try to break it down and analyze it. I do steal melodies from both genres.

  13. Ben-Zion

    Ben-Zion Tele-Meister

    Apr 11, 2017

  14. blowtorch

    blowtorch Telefied Ad Free Member

    May 2, 2003

  15. Obsessed

    Obsessed Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

    Nov 21, 2012
    Nope. I only listen to the kind of stuff I play or would like to learn to play.

  16. radiocaster

    radiocaster Friend of Leo's

    Aug 18, 2015
    Folk, classical, some disco.

  17. Lonn

    Lonn Friend of Leo's

    Dec 13, 2007
    I often listen to the classical station on the way to work. No way I could play any of that.

  18. Digital Larry

    Digital Larry Tele-Holic

    May 30, 2017
    Silicon Valley, CA
    Indian Classical, some prog rock - it's just too difficult! I would if I could.
    Tuvan Throat singing - same excuse.

  19. Farmer Brown

    Farmer Brown Tele-Meister

    May 21, 2010
    Elizabethtown, KY
    I love Chet Atkins-Merle Travis thumb picking style guitar, but I can't really play it.

    I listen to a lot of it, but I mostly play with a flat pick as I have since 1964.

  20. stardawg77

    stardawg77 TDPRI Member

    Nov 7, 2016
    #metoo.... reggae has touched me in some way and even though it's mostly 3 chords and I know I could easily figure most of it out...I prefer to listen. As musicians we tend to dive into music and pick it apart to the point that we no longer listen to music like normal people.

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