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Blues Jam Etiquette Question

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by FirstBassman, Mar 24, 2009.

  1. FirstBassman

    FirstBassman Friend of Leo's

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    I’d be interested in your opinions –

    I’m considering, some day, trying out a slide blues song in open tuning at one of the local jams. But the other two songs allowed in the “mini set” might not necessarily be in open tuning. Or someone else on stage might suggest a song for which the open-tuned guitar might not be suitable at all.

    Would it be kosher to switch guitars during a blues jam? Or do you think I would be looked at as a real a—hole?

    I mean even more so than I might be anyway. ;)

    Thanks.
     
  2. stevieboy

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    I think if you're ready to go with both guitars and switching is done by simply unplugging one and plugging in the other, no lengthy tweaking or tuning or futzing around, you'd be fine.
     
  3. LoveBandit

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    If you are switching guitars for a legitimate reason (other than vanity), then who cares what others think - right? RIGHT!

    -LB
     
  4. ejb222

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    I second that.

    Just make sure you have both guitars ready to go...and you'll be fine. People do it all the time.

    Good luck by the way. Blues jams are my favorite thing. Hopefully you make some great friends that you can learn from and maybe teach...but most of all justbe able to have fun :)
     
  5. Del Pickup

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    There shouldn't be a problem with having two guitars with you although it seems like slight overkill if you're only planning on playing a handful of songs. Why not just take a tuner and retune? Probably wouldn't take much longer than swapping over instruments.

    If you change the strings on the guitar so you minimise the chance of a string breaking then you should be fine.
     
  6. woodman

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    at blues jams, there's always a certain amount of milling around between songs — it's not like a concert show where the songs are bang-bang-bang. if you had everything all set (both guitars tuned, one on a stand where you can reach it in two steps, each with its own strap), it wouldn't take more than 15-20 seconds. if you had one of those cables you can switch on and off so you wouldn't have to turn your amp down, less than that. if you use the slide-tuned guitar for either first or last song, you only have to do it once. so ... no worries — go for it!
     
  7. superchicken_VI

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    If you do this, many won't ask you to play again. Huge waste of time.

    Take 2 guitars, and make fun of yourself having 2 guitars.
     
  8. Lerb21

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    My buddies never mind when I switch harmonicas. :D
     
  9. freshmattyp

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    3 words - GIBSON ROBOT GUITAR.

    Problem solved, and you're only out a couple grand. :lol:
     
  10. greggorypeccary

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    I went to the local jam for the first time in forever a couple weeks ago and a guy did this exact thing. No one cared, but I agree that he could have just as quickly retuned since he was plugged into a tuner.

    Then again, I probably wasn't the only one who thought "this guy brings two guitars to an open jam?"

    Do what you want and have a good time, it's an open jam. If people are so uptight that they actually care, that's their problem.
     
  11. tpaul

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    switch guitars as many times as you like. Just don't eat dessert with the salad fork. BIG blues faux pas.
     
  12. charlie chitlin

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    Re-tuning takes less than a minute.
     
  13. mistermullens

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    +1 on what Woodman said. Every blues jam I've been too has had a significant "break" between songs. I know it shouldn't but it really bugs me.
     
  14. petesguitar1

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    Go with 2 guitars man, just don't stuff around. If you play awesome on the first somg, then no-one will care!

    No pressure :)
     
  15. gtech

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    Take 2 guitars with you.

    That's what I do because the one I use in open tuning for slide has higher action.

    I saw some guys using many pedals and loosing more time than me switching guitars...

    As long as both guitars are tuned correctly you will be ok.
     
  16. SatelliteOrders

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    Not that I've done that much at all, but I see no problem with it.

    But it seems to me that open G is very much hooked to the open position, while open D and E have two easy places to do a scale and are much more usable in non-D or non-E scales. That's what I think.
     
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    :cool:

    My view is that it is up to the moderator - and it depends on the relationship you have with them, and the others waiting to play.

    Why not do your song, and sit down. You will likely get invited backup later.

    :cool:
     
  18. woodman

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    we're not talking about changing a tire — in a blues jam, with all the hubbub between songs, you could probably switch off discretely with hardly anybody noticing. FB, before i posted my first reply, i started the clock and actually went through the moves of stepping back to the amp, turning it down while swapping guitars, turning up and being ready to play. i'm convinced it could be down within 10 seconds if you've got your moves together. go for it!
     
  19. Mike Simpson

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    It is ok at the jams I go to.

    1. tune both guitars with a tuner before it is your turn to go on.
    2. have a strap for each guitar.
     
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    If you're Rory Gallagher, sure. Not if you're me... :oops:
     
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