Question about early sixtie's british rock bands?

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  1. trev333

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    are they all wearing the same wigs?....:lol:

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  2. gmann

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    John & George wore their guitars pretty high back in the day.
     
  3. Mid Life Crisis

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    I don't know - I would have thought the barre chord technique, being the more "correct", would have been drilled into them by Bert Weedon. Holding the guitar high makes it much easier to play barre chords.
     
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    nah, she doesn't have the gnarly Skeletor hands:D
     
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    Everyone copied the Beatles and thats how they wore them probably to be different to the Shadows .Before that we all copied the Shadows.Before that we all listen to our mums cos we were too young to sling a guitar properly .
     
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    I remember practising barre chords - can't recall using the thumb over the top method ...

    In my first band (Shadows/surf) I had to play solo, since I couldn't change barre chords fast enough.:oops:
     
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    Before youtube, before tab sites, before tab even existed, before guitar magazines, there was only ...
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    Well, there wasn't any buckle rash on their guitars, but more cigarette burns I would imagine.
     
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    Makes it easier to wiggle, therefore easier to get down.



    *not British
    **technically mid-60's
    ***you get my drift though
     
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    I find it easier to sing and play when the guitar/bass is riding a little higher than usual. That way I can occasionally glance at the fretboard without looking down.
    Economy of motion.
     
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    Sure fashion would have a lot to do with it. But I think it's comfortable to wear them higher, and easier to play that way.

    Gerry and the Pacemakers, that looks like way too much, but the shot of Keith Richards, while a little higher than I wear mine, looks reasonable to me, from a playing point of view.

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    Yeah. TV's what's done it.

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    There's the sensible position many images show, then there's too high and too low.

    Funny thing is, you can wear a guitar or bass 9 inches low and no one says a word. Wear one 7 inches too high and "the music stops". :eek:
     
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    It works for me.
     
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    Most of the op's photos look to be publicity shots without straps on the guitars.
    I saw a few of these bands in their heyday and don't recall the guitars being held nearly that high.
     
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    I was hoping someone would have the definitive answer by now. It was mentioned earlier about the transition from sitting down, to rock and roll/stand up gigs might be it, and the more I think about it, the more it make sense. I'm sure the Beatles must have perpetuated it, but as time went on, it does seem more evolutionary than anything else.
     
  16. Del Pickup

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    Ahhhh...... does anyone else remember Bert Weeden's Play in a Day guitar tutor books?

    I'd bet he's responsible for introducing more kids to the instrument than almost any other person in the 60's and early 70's.
     
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    Hello Hello---

    ...and then along came Lonnie Donegan! Huge influence on most of the guys in the early beat groups.
     
  18. trev333

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    I wonder if good guitars were so expensive back then...they didn't want to scratch the finish on the back of the guitars with their belts and stuff?....

    either that or they wanted to show their cod pieces off...;)
     
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    ...and they were raggin' on Sting for bad lyrics??? :lol:
     
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    my answer to your question would be "george harrison".
     
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