Horror: "can you play something for us"

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  1. NBS2005

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    Can't Find My Way Home. Next would be a Lyle or Townes song. After that you're getting my alt country set list; a mix of my originals and favourite covers. I'll keep playing until asked to stop or read that the room's had enough. I'll play for anyone who asks me ;-)
     
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    I am the same way.

    I was just singing "Celebrate Good Times Come On!" while I was making lunch. I was trying to get my daughters to sing the back round vocals but they weren't interested. It then hit me that I don't know the songs on Sunday's set list, but know the words of this old song from the 80's. Go figure.
     
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    Hey, I don't like playing under the gun either. And people make dumb requests. Do you know any Bee Gees? So you break into "You don't know what it's like".
    Just because people make dumb requests doesnt mean we have to fully honor them.
     
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    If they request life by the drop and aren't handing me a perfectly tuned 12 string, I'm going to ask how they even know that song.......
     
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    I think the real issue is whether you sing or not. If you do..it's really no issue if somebody hands you an acoustic guitar you can just sing a song and accompany yourself.

    Many primarily electric guitar players don't sing or sing very little, are used to being part of a band and so when the play me something situation happens..it can be a little weird .

    My solution is to play a blues..so it sounds like something structured and you can play some lead..then play an actual instrumental blues like Hideaway or Memphis etc. then you can ease into some jazzy stuff.

    Everything I can play on electric I can play on acoustic so no big deal..just have something ready.
     
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    Lol.

    The people asking to play something really are asking for you to "play me something I know".

    Have a few popular radio play melody riffs you can show off with and everyone is satisfied.

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    I'm not sure if we're in agreement or not.
    I'm saying I take suggestions, but I'm gonna play what I want either way. :lol:
     
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    I'll Cry Instead, by the Beatles.
     
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    I don't understand why it is a problem at all. If you don't want to play, then just don't. Why feel obligated? I can play lots of songs at the drop of a hat and have lots of singer-songwriter material from doing that kind of thing years ago. Still, there are times I get asked to bring my guitar (or play what is on hand there) and I'm just not in the mood to be the 'entertainer'. I just say nah,let someone else play, I'd like to be entertained today.
    There's enough in my life that I 'have' to do so I try to be in control of what I 'want' to do.
     
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    A little chord melody like, possibly, round midnight or moonlight in Vermont. Maybe a fast jazz blues chord progression complete with walking bass.
     
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    I'm sort of in-between here. I do not suffer from stage-fright, and I am not a deer-in-the-headlights kind of guy. BUT - I have never been interested in being a solo singer/player, and I don't practice that act.

    When I practice, it's just rhythm. I will listen to an old Stax or Atlantic record, and just lay back and play that groove for a half-an-hour, trying every voicing I can dream up.

    When people ask me to play at a party, I usually play for a minute or two and then try to find a guy who WANTS to be the hit of the party, and hand him the guitar. That is a whole different scene from what I do.

    I often wonder if the third-chair second-violin of the Vienna Symphony goes to parties and everybody says "hey, dude - play something!"
     
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    Sometimes it’s a blessing to be left handed. Nobody ever has a lefty guitar for me. :)
     
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    I never stand in with bands unless they're good friends of mine. Generally, my opinion is, if you're not paying me, then you play the gig.
     
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    To paraphrase the great Michael Hedges, relaxation is part of your playing, is part of your instrument.

     
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    Embryonic Journey, Fur Elise, or Two Guitars.
     
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    This is why I turn to a station...ANY station and just play.
    The more remote the music the better as it teaches me to ADAPT!

    I practice going from Carpenters to Pantera to Middle eastern to Prince to James Taylor to Dr Dre to Reinhardt to Zeppelin to classical...PLAY IT ALL!!!

    I love requests and NOT knowing them...that way I can do a new creative version. Then you can get your audience to help you finish the song!
     
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    Took some advice here; went to the basement and learned My Hero off Skin and Bones ... thanks!
     
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    My favorite request quote. "Do you know Big Wheels?. Sorry Ma'am, we don't." Play Proud Mary later in the evening. "Liar, i know you play Big Wheels!"
     
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    I usually play Bob Dylan's 'The Hurricane' then segue into 'American Pie' and finish with
    'Bohemian Rhapsody' as an encore. :rolleyes:
     
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    Reading replies, it sounds to me like the greatest issue (fear?) is singing. (or not) I would remind everyone of guys like Dylan, Knopfler, Tom Waits, etc......none of those guys are gonna be performing with the Metropolitan Opera anytime soon, but they can sure get up and entertain an audience. Learn a Leonard Cohen song.....he's certainly no great singer. (well, especially now :( ) And, as far as asking a painter to paint a door?.....that's not entertaining. Doctors get asked medical questions at gatherings.....lawyers get asked for legal advice.....even architects get asked about construction ideas. If you REALLY don't want to do it....just DON'T! But don't expect people to understand. ;)
     
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