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I get to pour into a young guitar player on Friday

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by TheGoodTexan, Dec 26, 2018.

  1. TheGoodTexan

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    We have some family friends who have twin boys in their teens. We used to see them quite often, but we really only see them about once or twice a year now. I never knew that one of the twins picked up guitar until my wife showed me a video of him yesterday on social media playing (attempting to play) some SRV tunes. I didn't realize it, but he's 16 now.

    There was a time when learning every note SRV ever recorded was the top priority in my life. In fact, I was about 16 at the time. And I learned a lot of it.

    So I got his cell number and texted him. Turns out he's infatuated with SRV right now. I'm meeting him for burgers on Friday lunch, then back to my house for jamming.

    I figured I'd show him some tips on the whole SRV thing, but then talk about how important it is to keep digging deeper and broader. I'm going to introduce him to The Three Kings, Albert Collins, Lonnie Mack, Johnny Winter, and a few others.

    We'll eventually make it back to T-Bone and Lightnin'. And I even want to show him some other stuff, like Coltrane, but that's probably too much for one afternoon.

    But I want to spend some time listening to all of these greats, and explaining the pitfall of trying to become an SRV clone... or clone of anyone really. There's already an SRV. And there's already a legion of SRV clones. It just doesn't impress anyone anymore. I want him to keep learning SRV stuff, but I want to help him reach deeper.
     
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  2. dickey

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    Let him hear Danny Gatton. He'll forget all about SRV.
     
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    How do I respond to that? If I disagree, the torches and pitchforks will come out.
     
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    You sir are an excellent human bean.
     
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    Ask him if he sounds like SRV, who is going to sound like you?
     
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    Dude, I tried do this with one of my relatives. All he wants to do is play is KISS's first album and Ace's like two guitar moves. He's 16 and I had no luck. Godspeed to you in your quest!

    Honestly, I can tell he will be better technique-wise than me so maybe he will end up setting me straight!
     
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    That’s wonderful.

    Several of my nephews and nieces are musicians—though my sons are not. Playing guitars with them is a great and rare joy for me. Every other year we get together on the Jacks Fork River in south central Missouri at a place without WiFi or cell service. We sit on a gravel bar and play into the night.
     
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    Rory. You know who.
     
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    If he hears Gatton , he may quit playing all together. Might be best to ease him into it.
     
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    He’s lucky to benefit from your experience and insight. However, people generally need to scale the ladder and go through the usual phases of learning at their own pace. If SRV inspires him to play a lot, he can learn a lot there, not just for the songs, but technique. I wouldn’t try to dissuade him from emulating his heroes; you’ve obviously been there, done that, and progressed past it, but it was part of your journey, and likely a necessary part.
     
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    I'll second the Gatton thing but not that he's going to forget about SRV. Stevie is the reason I bought my first strat. Try this approach, "hey if you like SRV check this guy out!" Then pop in Roy Buchanan. Later maybe if he's interested bring up Gatton and some others
     
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    I say show him some Jimi Hendrix. The root and branch of blues rock, imho. stevie would agree with me.
     
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    I agree. Help him with SRV. Maybe show him a few other things but let him play what he wants.
     
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    Are you prepared for his attention span to be not nearly so long as all that?
     
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    Sounds like a good time. I'd recommend focusing the whole time on SRV, at least most of it, because that's the "hook" for this boy, and leave him room to show you what he knows, as well as you teaching him stuff. It's been my experience that young guitar players don't respond well to being "pushed" (edit: so you try to "pull" instead). You might show him a song or two by other artists, but he'll discover more players in due time.

    P.S. I hope you'll report back after Friday and tell us all about it.

    P.P.S. What time Friday, and where at? We're all comin'! :twisted:
     
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    Awesome! You’re both going to have a great day!
     
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    Don't forget Gatemouth Brown and Buddy Guy.
     
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    Pleas share how the whole experience went if you would.
     
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    It might be worth mentioning the importance of playing good rhythm guitar. Everyone obsesses over solos and fills, that is pretty much expected. Being able to comp confidently and true to form can save a lot of your fellow musicians behinds. Interactive accompaniment is always really refreshing to hear.
     
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    How about some Roy B. Live at Autin City Limits....before Gatton, there was Buchanan.;):)


     
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