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Classical gas

Discussion in 'Music to Your Ears' started by uriah1, Apr 4, 2021.

  1. uriah1

    uriah1 Telefied Gold Supporter

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    Been awhile.
     
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    Yep. I taught elementary school with his ex-wife, Sheila. She sometimes talked of Mason.
     
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    I spent an entire summer years ago figuring it out and playing it badly. I’d have to relearn it all over again from scratch. An aging memory is a horrible thing. Brings back pleasant memories of my misspent youth.
     
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    OK....maybe a flawed memory here, but my introduction to Classical Gas was on the old Smothers Brothers Comedy show. Mason Williams was affiliated with them in some way, and they did a "video" montage of the history of the United States, set to this recording.
    Yeah, it was really a "gas". ;)
     
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    In Baltimore, in the mid 70's, it was used as the local news theme on the NBC channel.
     
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    Classical Gas is one of the hardest songs to play smoothly. If you can play it correctly then you must be good.
     
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    Best use of Classical Gas in a movie goes to


    Possibly overplaying much, but still...
     
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    Years ago,

    I recorded a really dumbed- down/incomplete version of
    " Classical Gas" for my own CD

    It was 13 cool rock/pop/ blues instrumentals ( some were originally vocal songs) on a student Classical guitar a buddy gave me.

    I'm not a Classical guitar player, but I do like to try to play simple finger style melodies on my steel strings.

    So it was natural once I got used to the nylon string, that just seemed natural to do the same.

    I then started to record songs on a Tascam digital hand held, just to hear if I sounded any good.
    Then just started keeping the tracks I could get through playing start-to-finish live, w/o major flubs. The action was high, and intonation was a little off, but so was I...

    I took my time, and a year later ( audio leveling and photo/graphics help from buddies) I had a CD for friends and family.

    My " Classical Gas" was lame, but my tone and arrangement were OK, just abbreviated
     
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