Horror: "can you play something for us"

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  1. braveheart

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    when you get into an unexpected situation, where you are faced to "deliver" out of the blue (with a ****ty acoustic-/e- guitar/gear without warming up):

    and you're in a bad mood or feel unsecure etc...

    "really? You play guitar? Can you please play something?"

    what do you play/do?

    For me the horror scenario...

    for me everything depends on the mood...

    "trapped" for me means no ideas,no feeling,bad playing
     
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    I just play the same stuff I play every day, a chitty guitar doesn't phase me unless it wont tune or stay in tune or has boogers on it or other gross stains etc.
     
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    I'm such a ham, I enjoy those moments, though they don't come often now.
     
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    I just warm up with some arpeggios in G. It sounds nice and easy to play. Once I’m comfortable with that it just goes from there.
     
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    Usually that happens in a small gathering, just a handful of people. I'm WAY more at ease playing for a large audience than I am for a few. Often I'll do one or two ballad-type British Invasion things (Gerry and Pacemakers, Peter and Gordon, etc) and that suffices. Problem is.....I'm so devastatingly good they don't want me to stop. ( :) )
     
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    why do you "enjoy those moments" unrehearsed ???
     
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    ...but you sing?
     
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    Oh man... it happens.

    and my memory is so bad that I end up noodling a bit.

    So I have a few go to songs now depending on the crowd.

    "Hotel California" or "Folsum Prison Blues" for the secular crowd.
    "Outlaw" or one of the songs I have written for the church crowd.
     
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    Because instead of that aw shucks stuff, I play because I like to, and when I had a chance to show it off, I took it. Besides being a natural born ham and enjoying the attention.
     
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    Peter Green's "Oh Well"
     
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    it's hard/impossible to play Rock on ****ty "spanish" acoustic guitar
     
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    I watched an interview a woman was giving Russel Crowe one time. She produced a nice Martin guitar (he probably brought it himself) and said I've heard you can play, will you play something for us? He didn't bat an eye, he just picked up that guitar and did a jazzed up version of a Johnny Cash song. He didn't do any of that aw shucks stuff, he just hit it, that's the way I like to do it.
     
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    small gathering: they're watching you..:eek:
     
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    Everything I play on my electric i play on my acoustic first including lead, I learn most songs on my acoustic. It's harder to play on a jacked up acoustic but that just means its a little more work to have it sound decent. Not the end of the world if its not my best performance. If it tunes chances are it will sound good anyway.

    Now if I didn't play acoustic with 12's or 13's most days it could be a problem which is why I try to maintain everything on my acoustic.
     
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    Ferry Across the Mersey or Do You Want To Know A Secret? are pretty boring if not sung. ;)
     
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    ...but that was an "official" interview...it was likely "staged"...big difference
     
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    I’ll usually play a song I wrote, called “Let Me Out”...it’s the instrumental version of a song I wrote called “Let Me In”...

    or I’ll retune it to Open G and play “Panther City Blues” on slide.

    If they’re a “popular covers” audience that wants a ballad, I’ll play “Heart of the Matter” (Don Henley) or “Where Is My Love” (Joe Ely).

    Yes, I sing.
     
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    I'm totally "deer in the headlights" guy.

    I probably know hundreds of songs, but I'll be damned if I can think of any when you hand me a guitar cold and ask for one.
     
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    it's about being not ready for it....and about feeling...bad sound bad feeling...
     
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    I always have some picks and a slide, in a pocket, when I go out.

    I've played with street performers, in Hospitals and Nursing Homes, in offices, shops, garages and schools.....when I hadn't expected to do so.

    Got a bunch of gigs out of it, too. ;)

    I was a music therapist of sorts, with disabled adults, for many years. You don't have to be a gifted artist but you do need to be listening and responding to what your companions are telling you- verbally and non-verbally.

    Sometimes it's an opportunity, sometimes a challenge, sometimes a piece of theatre or comedy. Never turn down an opportunity: you never know what may come of it- or if you'll ever get another. :lol:
     
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