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Music store riff amnesia

Discussion in 'Tab, Tips, Theory and Technique' started by Gin Mill Cowboy, Mar 3, 2021.

  1. ndcaster

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    Just don't let this happen:



    But as Elon says, even this can be a valuable learning experience.
     
  2. Gin Mill Cowboy

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    Great replies! I knew there were others out there. Yeah, truly I just strum some cords, check the intonation, pay the tech, and leave. Thanks for indulging me.
     
  3. tfarny

    tfarny Friend of Leo's

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    I am the same. Guys who work in music stores must think we are all a bunch of posers, when actually, in secret where no one can hear us, we are guitar ninja gods!
     
  4. klasaine

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    I'm not a 'guitar shop' player either.
    I make a living with guitar in hand but honestly, music stores are - at least for me - the most uninspiring places to be musical.
     
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    It's happened to me too many times. For just such occasions, I carry a small song list in my wallet. :rolleyes:
     
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    Just play Stairway; they'll thank you
     
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    It’s even weirder trying out basses in music stores. Even if you know the lines from many songs, only a relative few will be recognizable.

    So I don’t even try. I just walk over a few keys and maybe it sounds OK. Mostly I’m hunting for dead spots.
     
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    To make matters worse, I’m new and just plain out suck! I went to GC today to check out some PRS’s. At the same time, another guy was there wanting to check out amps. As the worker hands me the guitar, he tells the other guy, well you’re in luck! Dude plugs here in and franks it up and says there you go man! Have at it! I was slightly embarrassed!
     
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    I took my wife to the driving range one time. First time she’d ever tried to swing a golf club. About the third or fourth swing, she swung so hard she fell and landed right on her rear. Immediately she jumped up looking around to see if anyone saw her fall or were looking at her. They weren’t. Everyone else was so wrapped up in their own world that no one even noticed.

    I think guitar stores can be the same way a lot of times.
     
  10. pixeljammer

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    This Internet thing has proven that there is no "only me" stuff. It's crazy. You can't even have a unique anxiety or charming quirk any more, without twelve other weirdos yelling "Me, too!" :)


    Me, too.
     
  11. KennyWTelejazz

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    "sarcasm alert "

    I like to play a Blazing Fast Three Octave Cadenza as Rubato that features an assortment of 64 th chromatic notes that will resolve on an altered 7 th chord a half step up
    .....ONCE HAVING SET THE TONE , Only Then Will I break into Giant Steps ......

    Kenny
     
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  12. Killing Floor

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    Ask me to play and I’ll just riff for a while unless you name a band I might know.

    But in an actual music store I’m the most boring. I just check positions up the neck. Someone can play Smoke on the Water incorrectly.
     
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  13. johnny k

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    Usual things, a bit of eruption, then a bit of 8 fingers tapping licks and i usually finish with a 8 minutes solo inspired by dimebag, randy rhodes, and the likes. :lol:

    If i have to test a guitar, i will play a E chord, let it ring, play a few other chords, octaves to check if the intonation is right... actually i won't play anything, i will just listen to the guitar.
     
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    My "go to" guitar store riffs are the ever popular tune "Blooze Wank in G" followed the same in a couple of other keys.
     
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    I think play the intro to Free Ride by Edgar Winter
    then play the hook to Old Judge Jones by Les Dudek
    on acoustic, just play Doc's Deep River Blues

    Just obscure enough and still so catchy that everyone will think you can get it done and you can figure out if you like the guitar...

    just don't tip your hand by playing it and then looking around to see if anyone is checking it out.. that is a big ol fail.

    when you go up to the counter, how you know you 'won' is if one of the kids says, 'hey we were racking our brains, what was that tune...'

    oh yeah, don't do any of this like at Gruhn's... no matter what you can play, you can't play as well as probably anybody in there (except for ol George)
     
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    I like to start with Smoke on the Water, that gets lots of eye rolls. Then work my way through a medley of the 100 greatest iconic rock riffs ever, seqwayed into a Buckethead shreddy version of Bach's Toccata and Fugue, in D minor. When I'm done, the salespeople are usually standing on top of the sales counters, giving me a standing ovation, several attractive women are lined up for autographs. Take the guitar! they insist, no cost, you earned it! Yeah.
     
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    "No Stairway" ~ Wayne's World

    (Having run a music store years ago I can reveal a trade secret. Music stores worked a deal with the CIA to produce an ultrasonic tone that causes social and performance anxieties. They broadcast it inside the stores. It makes customers so anxious they'll buy the guitar and not notice that it's overpriced and its quality sucks until they get home. Particularly useful for Gibson dealers.)
     
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    I just noodle some fast things, and then play either pannonica or strange meadowlark. Something that works the fingers and something to see how chords feel/intonate. Just to get a feel for the neck. Also to see how more delicate things work out, I have no question that the guitar is going to be able to handle bashing out rock chords slathered in distortion if it can do that.

    But I do it quickly, quietly and out of the way. I don’t have any confidence problems performing music for others, but music store is usually just this weird vibe where people are sizing each other up. And on top of that no one wants to be a show off.
     
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    I feel you brother!
     
  20. kilroy6262

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    My ability to play used to drop about 50% in a music store, so I'd always turn way down figuring that, "maybe they can still hear me, but at least I don't seem to be bragging". Several years of playing in a cover band and doing gigs got me past that - if I can play in of front of 40 drunks, I can play in a music store! I have always wondered about "that guy" though. You know that guy - he sits in the music store for 90 minutes playing, and he's really good, but sometimes I wonder, is he really gonna buy that guitar and/or amp, or does he just want somebody to hear him play?
     
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