Horror: "can you play something for us"

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  1. Frodebro

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    Around here people start screaming the minute they see a banjo coming out of the case.
     
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    Another good reason to play one...no repeat requests!
     
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    Depends on who asks. Sometimes, the request is (unintentionally) demeaning and rude, other times it comes from sincere enthusiasm. If I can, I usually go along with it and I have a couple go-to tunes that I can execute in just about any circumstances. I'm a jerk, so sometimes I think, "Wow! I hear you're a doctor! Would you mind checking this rash?"
     
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    I usually fall back on some Beatles.
     
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    Funny thread timing. House full of people over Tonight because my youngest gets married tomorrow and I get asked to play something. I did just what I posted before, I played hideaway, walk don’t run then jammed with my friend that was visiting who plays bluegrass. It went well.
     
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    There are a handful of songs that I know the intro to, that I can do pretty convincingly that your average person would go, "oh, that sounds good!" Even though I'm really not really 'nailing' any of them from a technical perspective. "Lights" by Journey, "The Wind Cries Mary" by Hendrix, "Whole Lotta Love" by LZ, several by AC/DC, "American Girl" by Petty, etc.
     
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    My wife could give a squat crap about listening to me play even though it's my favorite hobby/pastime. I only play originals without singing(you don't want to hear me sing) and that's why I suppose. Most folks want to hear something they recognize and can sing to.
    If I do play in front of anyone it's usually just noodling from one tune to another for a very short time but I get REALLY nervous doing so. I loathe crowds and even the thought of playing in front of one would make me projectile vomit. Even trying out a guitar or amp at Guitar Center. The one nearest to me needs a sound proof room because nobody likes "auditioning" for the staff and pimply-faced teenage shredders etc.
    Regardless, I play/write/record for myself and I'm fine with that.
     
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    Back during ancient times, when all I did was strum the acoustic once in a while, I had lots of solo songs, because I was solo. I was the campfire entertainment. Now, hundreds of years later, I am in a band and it is the reverse. I can’t play anything solo. I am strictly an accompanist. That’s not good. I need to put together a little solo set.
     
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    If you do decide to expand your repertoire, may I suggest ‘Poisoning Pigeons In The Park’, also by Tom Lehrer.
     
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    That's why they wrote 'Sittin on the Dock of the Bay'. It's the perfect song because:

    1.) Everybody knows it at least a little bit
    2.) That little modulation make you sound like you know something
    3.) It's drippy sentimental, which people love
    4.) If you don't really know it, you can slow it down even more, and people will just think you're being 'artsy'
    5.) It's kind of boring, so nobody will ask you to play a second song
     
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    I have a slightly rough version of Ram by Steve Howe which impresses people who aren’t keen guitarists! I also have a few simple classical pieces I learned as a teenager which work in the same way... or I can play a lot of Pink Floyd songs, many of which work quite well with solo guitar.
    I usually avoid invitations to sing, but will always forget the words after a few lines if I do sing a bit.
     
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    Are they screaming in positive anticipation or "we're all gonna die!" in a car crash about to happen ? :confused::lol:
     
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    I can't sing, but I've been playing guitar for about 40 years, so I know the intros to about a hundred popular songs, up until the point the vocals kick in.

    But honestly, for whatever reason, this happens more to me when there is a piano in the room and I'm more comfortable just noodling some arpeggios. Invariably someone will want to play Heart and Soul which gets me off the hook.
     
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    Seattle isn't exactly known for producing country artists, if ya know what I mean...
     
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    It's easy really. If on electric, connect a couple of distortion pedals and play feedback and scratch noises. If on acoustic tap the body and play percussive noises and ambience.

    If met with criticism, just say you're into music targeted towards the few, and the intellectual elite. The masses can't usually grasp it.
     
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    This is me. I sing, but lyrics or songs won’t come to my mind in this situation. In a band situation, I’m not the front man - I have been, and it’s been okay, but it takes rehearsal and results in a lot of self imposed stress.

    I’m a supporting musician; throw a guitar or bass in my hand and throw a mic in front of me for singing some harmony parts, or lead vocal on the odd fully rehearsed song and I’m happy and golden. As long as someone else is running the show.
     
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    Just laugh and give them the info on your next gig. If you wanna hear me, come on out!

    Other than that, I always feel this way at guitar stores. When you just wanna test some gear but everyone can hear you, don't know what to play. End up playing a few crappy licks and calling it a day. It's nice when places offer a private room but still, someone is usually with me and now they're standing there staring at me with their ears.
     
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    I got this from gsharper...
    I do this for MONEY.
    If I was an accountant, would you ask me to do your taxes?
    Last time I visited my mom (or grandma, if you're young enough to have one), I cleared 12 bucks!
     
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    A good friend who is a fine player and I were talking about playing in different situations. She said many fine players* are not entertainers...and vice versa.

    Now that was a bit of a joke but I do not feel comfortable unless I am a little in control of set and setting. I want good sound production, an arraignment, some rehearsal. Also, I am an ensemble player, not into solo stuff, I like bands.

    No doubt has gotten in my way a few times but I gotta be me.

    “Peaches in the summertime, apples in the fall.
    If I can’t have the girl I love, I won’t have none at all”

    *not claiming to be a fine player.
     
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