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Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by 3-Chord-Genius, Nov 21, 2020.
What headstock tuner? I see no headstock tuner
Being out of tune because a headstock tuner doesn't look "cool" is stupidly unprofessional.
I do have an infair advantage because I've always excelled at memorizing music. When I finished school I had 4 hours of classical piano pieces memorized. All the jazz band charts, the Tower of Power charts, and 3 or 4 hours of original stuff too. Last time I played a solo piano gig some of the musicians in the crowd kept asking me why I didn't have any music to read. They acted like I was some kind of freak for having stuff memorized. When I was younger it took me a while to realize that many of the other players could not memorize their music.
But when I wrote the comment I was thinking of the Tower of Power tribute band. I have never understood why those guys need music stands to play ToP covers. Every gig I was the only one on stage with no music. I absolutely hate having to be tethered to that piece of paper.
I have to admit that when I’m playing drums I need nothing. Back in the day when I was in the pit band for our local theatre I’d just have a note scribbled against each number to remind me of any bits that were cured against what was happening on stage. Often line in a song with STOP! after it or similar. I’ve never been a good reader, in fact, I’m probably into the non-reader category. I just found / find it easy to remember the structure of a number and the shifting rhythms.
With guitar though it’s a different story. By no means confident enough to remember the chords. Have the sheet up with chords over the lyrics. Though I’m sure I don’t need it there for a lot of the time, the courage to not have it ‘in case’ eludes me. It just sits on a stand to one side of my mic. along with the running order, tuner and plectrums.
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Ok I see your picture of the LP with the Frankenstein neck. But can you show us pictures of the overly large breasts so we may truly understand your angst ?
One tuner? The first band I was in, someone would holler “Hey! Here’s an E. Let’s tune up.” Nobody had a tuner. There’s no telling what we were tuned to.
I have one of these tuners installed on a custom build. It works just fine on that guitar.
I know several classically trained pianists and horn players who can barely play a lick without having the sheet music in front of them...one of the many times I threw together a pick-up group for a last-minute gig I called my drummer and a bassist who we’d played with multiple times. We rehearsed at the Bassist’s house.
His daughter—winner of several Statewide Competitions (UIL? something like that...whatever...) on both piano and alto sax was hanging around our single rehearsal before the gig...she had been playing keyboards and sax with her dad’s (the bassist’s) rock cover band since she was 9 years old...at the time, she was 19, so she had plenty of experience.
I figured she could easily play a couple of my simple 3-chord Texas Roadhouse tunes on piano or keyboard...
When I asked her to sit in, she said, “Sure! Do you have any sheet music? Charts? Anything?”
I said, “It’s a I-IV-V 12-bar blues song in the key of A...why do you need a chart?”
“Can’t do it.”
“Can’t do it...”
I slipped behind her keyboard and played the three chords, then played a simple little bluesy melody...
She said, “WOW! I didn’t know you played piano!”
“I don’t...I just know my chords and I move my fingers over those keys...”
“Yeah, okay...well, I can’t play unless you make me a chart or some sheet music.”
She could do a little more “improv” on the alto sax, but it was very stressful for her...even though she’d played hundreds of gigs, football games, recitals and concerts since she was 6 years old...
I can’t comprehend not being able to “fake” something for a song or two, especially if you know the chord changes and the key the song is in...but apparently that’s a thing.
Of course, I’ve been faking everything I do for 30 years, so...
I tune while driving.
Is that how many holes it takes to fill the Albert Hall?
In college playing at coffeehouses with acoustics we’d use a pitch pipe to tune one guitar then all plunk away looking at each other until the leader said “that’s close enough for Folk” and we’d start.
I think I’ve seen a picture of Keith Richards with a capo on a Tele.
I think for some people it's difficult to go beyond following directions or interpreting things literally. There are always people who don't get the joke because they can't escape literal meanings. I remember as a child someone trying to explain a geometrical plane to me--like breaking the plane of a football end zone--and I just couldn't wrap my head around that. It was too abstract for me. I think it's good to remind kids to step outside the rules, especially if they like following directions and being obedient.
i might be able to arrange such a thing........ he he he
I don't know man, I don't really care about stuff like that. I got far bigger problems going on on the fretboard itself to worry about stuff like that lol. Clip it, don't, whatever - but for heaven's sake - tune quietly! Whatever allows you to do this, just yes.
Yep, very clearly!