I don't know how to play any Telecaster Music.

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  1. cometazzi

    cometazzi Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

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    Don't tell the mods, but I've been here quite awhile without actually ever owning a Telecaster. Well, you folks rubbed off on me and I got a MIM Tele a couple of months ago. It's a great guitar, it stays in tune and it sounds pretty alright.


    Problem is, I don't know how to play any "Telecaster Music". When I say 'Telecaster' in this context, I mean the iteration that the Tele has been for most of its life: A dual single-coil guitar with a simple 3-way switch, fixed bridge, etc. A simple, straight-forward and honest guitar.

    Much of my musical life, I always played either single-coil strats for 60's Surf Music, or humbucking strats and Pointy Metal guitars for '80s Thrash Metal. The last few years I've been playing dual-humbucker LP-like guitars. Hard Rock and Heavy Metal have been my life, with a minor Instrumental Surf tinge to round it out.

    I want to enjoy the Tele, but it's honestly been a real shock. It's nothing like a single-coil strat, and nothing AT ALL like the other a fore-mentioned guitars. I'm posting this in a community of disciples, so I'm sure it's got all the merit it needs. However, all the music I've ever listened to seems to have been covered by the Strat/LP/Pointy Ibanez combo.

    As one of the most-recorded instruments in the history of Rock n Roll, I'm having a hard time placing the Telecaster. I know it was for time a staple and weapon for Keef, (and the Esquire was the main squeeze of Jeff Beck back in the day), but most anyone else I've listened to from the 1950s until today have used a Stratocaster, Jazzmaster, Jaguar, Mosrite, Gibson LP/Explorer/SG/V. Here, I continually read "the Telecaster is the world's most versatile guitar", yet it always seems like it's in the world of Country and Western, which I know little about.

    Please throw me a bone here. What's some Telecaster Music I should check out?
     
  2. Killing Floor

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    I can’t think of any Stones or Led Zep or Bowie or Brad Paisley or anything recorded with a Tele. Even Yes and Merle Haggard and The Police and Bruce Springsteen are pretty obscure. Good luck finding something.
     
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    I can’t think of a genre of music that HASN’T been played on a telecaster.
     
  4. JRapp

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    How about some early Swans c 1983 or 1987? Norman Westburg with a Tele, an MXR Blue Box, and an SVT on 10. They kinda make HM bands look like Girl Scouts.


     
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    Manual Slim Friend of Leo's

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    StoneH Tele-Holic Gold Supporter

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    I just learned today that Jimmy Page played the lead on Stairway to Heaven on a Tele (given to him by Jeff Beck).
     
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    here's some

     
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    Billy3 Tele-Holic

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    Nice try. There is no such thing as Tele music. He haw y'all. Lol! For all the trolls out there.
     
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    I didnt know there was such a thing as Telecaster music.

    I play lots of things on teles.. and they are used in pretty much a lot of genres..

    Play it like your other guitars and enjoy the tones.
     
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    LOL. My tele has no idea what country music is!
     
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    aging_rocker Friend of Leo's

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    Tele? Country?









     
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  12. Telekarster

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    I too wasn't into Tele's until one night I was attending a gig for a friend of mine's band and in the middle of the show, they called me up to the stage to do a number. It was totally impromptu! I didn't have a guitar so their guitarist handed me his backup guitar - a Tele ;) I was hooked after that. I've played every type of music imaginable on it. It's all about tone, man. I play Strats and LP's, as well as Nationals. However, perhaps this can help you zero in on some music to listen to. BTW - Welcome to the club man! ;)

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Telecaster_players
     
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  13. 57joonya

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    Teles are indeed everywhere. All kinds of music . But my strat doesn’t feel entirely different than my tele . It is a hard tail . But I can got a lot of similar tones out of each . If your struggling in that particular tele, I would try a couple different ones out. As much as u can , and you’ll see they can be as easy to fal in love with as a les Paul , or strat , whatever
     
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    I’ve owned my first Tele for three years. I play lots of Beatles, Rockabilly, Elvis, Eagles, Monkees, Rick Nelson. I have 4gen Noiseless which ,Ishtar make a difference.
     
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    Teles can really cut through the mix nicely in a band setting too , I’ve played with guys that have a bunch of pedals , les Paul, strat- he goes for a solo and is all muddy in the mix , and I’ll step in with the tele, and at a lower volume than him - and hear my guitar percfectly
     
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    You don't need to hear music with a Tele in it.

    You just need to tweak some dirt settings using the Tele bridge pickup.
    Adjust your amp as needed and maybe pedals if you use pedal dirt.
    The lean cutting snarl has a broader range of sounds available with RH technique variation than a HB guitar.

    Compared to a Strat, what do you do with a Strat?
    I wouldn't really even compare it to a Strat at all, aside from Strat bridge pickup amp settings, but if you play dirty Strat neck pickup "Strat tone", just forget that and start over with Tele bridge into distorted amp.

    Cutting snarl, think cutting snarl and have at it.
     
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    i play general jazz realm stuff and messed up noise rock. and i use a tele for it. who cares. tele is just the solid body guitar IMHO.
     
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    ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh..................... there is no "non" Telecaster music. really. none
     
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    Not playing a Tele for Led Zeppelin songs is just beyond ridiculous Lucy.

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