Thwacking The String On Six Days On The Road

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  1. Toast

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    I discovered this thread completely by chance on an unrelated duckduckgo search, but it taught me how to get that thwack on the opening note. Much appreciated TDPRIers.

    https://www.tdpri.com/threads/guitarist-on-six-days-on-the-road.106427/

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    During a break, I spoke to him [Jimmy Colvard] for about 15 minutes. He said he got the
    popping sound by having his bridge pickup on and snapping the top
    of the three bass strings (one at a time) with his middle finger fingernail.
    The last part of the guitar ride in Six Days also has a downward flat pick
    string sweep. It's in the key of G. He was very friendly and easy to talk to.
     
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    Cool!
     
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    A few years ago I bought a instructional video that Ken Carlson put out on this. He demonstrates the technique required to gets that thwack, as well as the rest of the song, fills, etc...very thorough. I think it was like $10 or something and came with TAB, video, and a very nice backing track. Here is a preview of it on his YouTube channel...

     
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    Cool, I always thought that was just muting the string. I guess he's saying it's popping the string on the pickup pole?
    At 1:40 he mentions a little "G7" triad, It doesn't seem to be a 7th to me, notes are just B-D-G ... a G major chord?
     
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    I don't have the TAB from the lesson in front of me right now, but I think he is playing this (B-F-G):
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           G7
    e |----------
    B |-----8----
    G |----10----
    D |-----9----
    A |----------
    E |----------
    So that F note on the third string is what makes it a 7th...I think.
     
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    Right you are! I had one note off!...
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    Friggin awesome. Thanks for the link!
     
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    Dupe
     
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    It's not that big of a deal in the grand scheme of playing the song, but I discovered that my guitar sounds closer to the recording when I flick the string with my middle finger fingernail. It's tricky though with a pick (I keep dropping it) because I have to build up the flicking energy by winding up my middle finger for the flick by pressing it against the side of my index finger to achieve the right flick velocity. Anyway, your mileage may vary. Have fun.
     
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