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Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by braveheart, Jan 17, 2020.
Eyes of Satan usually gets people to reconsider the request and maybe even leave the room.
Even if you don't sing...tell them you are a bad singer and that you'll need their help. Then they can help you finish the song
Great idea!.....do Wheels On The Bus Go 'Round and 'Round.....and make it a sing-a-long!
I once tried Puff The Magic Dragon unannounced in a pub in Ireland while stopping for directions. The entire bar danced and sang it for me...free guinness for entertaining too
I have a few “recital piece” things for just such occasions.
My “pets” are Moonlight In Vermont, Satin Doll, Cherokee, Watch What Happens, The Way You Look Tonight, All The Things You Are, and around the holidays, Christmas Time Is Here.
My Mom would ask me to “play something”, when I was young, and all I could come up with was some Dickey Betts or Billy Gibbons lick.
I decided at an early age that I indeed should know how to play something.
Anyways, chord melody stuff is fun, challenging and applicable to other styles.
I play “Desperado”. Everybody knows it. Everybody likes it. Nobody knows all the words. All of it is 5th fret or lower and manageable on even a pawn shop no name guitar. It’s easily within my vocal range in the key of C, even without warming up. The only problem is what to play next .
I love these opportunities. I'll usually start with Norwegian Wood and can play for hours if wanted.
Make no mistake...everyone around you is thinking Hotel Cali next!
It's up to you to avoid it
If there’s gotta be a next song, I’ll do George Strait’s Troubador. Anyone who knows it laughs when I sing, “I still feel 55, most of the time”.
That gets me to country songs I’m comfortable with.
I've had the most look getting others to join in with "Where Have All the Flowers Gone," if it's an older audience. Pretty soon, the audience takes over.
If I start in, very pretentiously, with "If Ever I Would Leave You," whoever asked me to perform will laugh and walk away.
I don’t sing - so I just flat out refuse to play!
But I'm not interested in singing. I can sing, pretty well actually I just find it really grotesque for some reason.
Some musicians are all about the song, the singer songwriter types.. some view songs as arbitrary structures to play over and are more about improvising.
I was always interested in making the guitar talk. .that is the deal for me. If I am not at a paying gig and somebody wants me to play. .they are just going to have to accept what I dish out.
Times have changed....I grew up in Berkeley CA, and was born in '62. My Dad was a cool research physicist who worked in high energy particle physics, but
he was also somewhat on the edge of "the scene" just by dint of living in Berkeley and working at Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory. So, anyway, he took some folk guitar
classes for super cheap. We used to go the Freight and Salvage for coffee house folk music. I also played guitar even though I was just a little kid. His goal was to get
better than me when he took those folk classes, I think, but he never quite got there because I was always learning faster than he was.
But the cool part of it all was that he would throw these potluck/hootenanny parties at our house and invite all kinds of people ranging from rich professors down to total hippie riff-raff,
and everyone would bring food and their musical instruments. We would all eat together and then make a big circle in the backyard and play music. Guitars, fiddles, bongos, harmonicas,
whatever people brought. This was great for me because at the age of 10 I was already learning how to fit in with other musicians, and learning how to quickly cotton on to a song
I'd never learned before.
The point of how things have changed is that these kinds of parties were really common back when I was a kid. You didn't need that deer in the headlights feeling of being put on the spot
because there were a bunch of musicians there besides yourself, and it was going to be a big, fun jam, and nobody was judging anybody, either. Nowadays it's rare for there to be more
than one musician, and the spirit of it all being fun rather than meeting some kind of expectation perhaps has been lost a bit. I dunno, rose colored glasses and all that....
yeah,play some Justin Bieber....ahm ..what?
any John Prine song will do.
It depends, but usually just some random noodling, after a few seconds, as they cant recognize the melody, they stop asking for more, and lose interest.
Right on, GB! Thanks for putting that song in my head and on my playlist this gray Northwest Friday. "Fallin' In Love Again" is pure pop perfection and great use of maj/min 7ths--love it!.
Usually someone else wants to sing "Hallelujah." I find the chords on my phone and play accompaniment. If left to my own devices for some reason I usually play "Waterloo Sunset." I do sing, and I don't care what kind of guitar it is if it will stay in tune for 10 minutes.
You can tune a nylon string to an open chord and play slide with a table knife. It's fun, sounds great.
I’m in the Toto’s Dad camp. I’m fearless when it comes to playing in front of people. One reason is that I started playing acoustic at 23, and three years later I was playing solo in bars. I was still a hack of course, and I probably still am. But, that was an invaluable experience that cured me of stage fright forever!
By the time I hit 30, I probably knew close to 100 songs by heart, words and chords. That repertoire has diminished dramatically over the years, but I still have between 15-25 songs that I can play at the drop of a hat.
You almost have to be a singer in these impromptu situations, unless you’re a guitar virtuoso, and you can dazzle them with your instrumental competency.