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What do you play on your guitar(s)?

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by Jerry_Mountains, Oct 27, 2020.

  1. Fiesta Red

    Fiesta Red Poster Extraordinaire

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    Depends on my mood.

    Often I play something I wrote, trying to improve it musically; I also write a lot when the mood/vibe hits me.

    Lately, I’ve been learning a lot of songs from my youth—outlaw country and classic rock stuff mostly, with some Chuck Berry-style rock and roll songs, too...this has served me well, to jam with my daughter (an excellent songwriter and quickly-becoming-good guitarist) and to take part in a bi-weekly Zoom Jam with a bunch of younger folks from all over the world from San Antonio and Houston and Argentina and Canada and Peru and Oklahoma (that’s a foreign country, right? :p)...

    I also play a lot of stuff I wrote or old blues tunes for them, since they’re unfamiliar with most of it.
     
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  2. GreatGaudy

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    I only play stuff that I struggle with..you know, the stuff that hurts your head ?
    And, once I master it pffftttt, I get really bored with it then find something new to beat me over the head with.
    I know that sounds weird, but in my case - weird is normal.
     
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  3. tubeToaster

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    Noodling. I can play for an hour and never play a complete song. It is actually a lot of little songs all connected together like a symphony. I do come up with new song ideas that way. Drives my wife crazy though.
     
  4. adjason

    adjason Poster Extraordinaire Silver Supporter

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    I kind of go fishing- play chords and see if any words come. If not, I usually just run through some songs I know just so I don't forget them. I seldom try to learn someone elses song. I also enjoy playing leads with a simple looper pedal
     
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  5. tfarny

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    Mostly I'm always learning new songs or practicing old ones for a gig. Sometimes I'm writing a new song and sometimes I just go learn a song I like for fun. Sometimes I just play bluesy kind of lead stuff with no real plan.
    Right now I'm taking a few songs that have mando / fiddle / steel guitar parts (or all three) and trying to come up with a good sounding lead that works with the vocal.
     
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  6. Obsessed

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    I always have three major projects going at once, so on top of my noodling and keeping my repertoire fresh, I am either writing songs, recording a song, learning a song note for note or practicing a new impromptu technique. It is always blues/blues rock. I always have more stuff going on than I can juggle at once, which allows me to pick and choose depending on what I want to work on.

    If I am gigging with a group, I am practicing every living moment that I can fit in, but that has not happened for quite awhile now.:(
     
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    Great lyrics! I like the "you knocked me out and now watch me grin"
     
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    I can’t play funk to save myself so no matter what else I’m playing, I practice a little bit of funk whenever I can. Get Lucky (Daft Punk feat. Pharrell Williams & Nile Rodgers) at the moment.
     
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  9. DHart

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    Every week or so, a new musical idea just comes out of my fingers.

    Over the days that follow, I develop the idea - work out progression ideas, voicings, and melody/soloing concepts.

    This goes on for a week, 10 days, whatever, for a few hours each day. I record the variations on these ideas and make notes of chord voicings and accompanying melody/soloing ideas.

    Then, soon enough, another new musical idea springs forth and I move on to begin working with the next musical idea.


    I don't play songs, nor do I play anyone else's music.
     
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  10. Otis Fine

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    I play stuff I’ve written or try to write something new. Never know when something is going to strike my fancy and end up getting recorded. Then the real fun begins as I add parts.
     
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  11. mfguitar

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    If I am not working on things I need to work on I will play some chord melody of songs that I am aware of but really don't know. I will try to create something just based on the melody. I try to spend some time on Bluegrass styles, the players in that genre amaze me.
     
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    Chord changes from the real book, playing heads from the real book, and improvising over changes. I also practice singing and playing pop songs.
     
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    Anything I want. But lately been learning some Johnnie Allen western swing steel parts on 6 string and Raga Yaman as played on the santoor...
     
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    noise
     
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    I’m an engineer, not a gigging musician. I play what I like. Until recently, most it it was country or country influenced. I haven’t found much new country that I like enough to want to learn to play so I’ve branched out. I learned the Dorian mode by composing a jazz piece in the mode. Then I dragged Jimmy Reed’s “Caress Me Baby” up from my past, and set it in the Dorian mode so I don’t sound like a white guy playing a black guy’s blues. I found synth pop on YouTube and learned CHVRCHES acoustic cover of XO. Nothing like the original but to my liking. There’s plenty of good material out there. I’ll be retired in January with plenty of time to learn some of it.
     
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    I use Pandora for backing tracks. "Like" certain songs and they pop up later.it helps break up monotony
     
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    what i want to play, and i don't seem to ever get there, exactly, is sweet funky soul guitar, like Teenie Hodges on Al Green's records, like many Motown records, and like the song Electric Ladyland. then, i want to come into a powerful lead thing like Stevie Ray.

    that really sums up what i wish to be as a guitar player. i don't know that i will ever hit anything like it, but i will keep chipping away at it as long as i am alive.

    the song "Cat People" by Bowie/SRV is sort of my ultimate wish.
     
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    I've been practicing guide tone lines going from the 7th of the chord of the moment to the 3rd of the next chord change.

    For the curious, you can use this over a simple blues in C.




    C7 to F7 would be Bb of C7 to A of F7 (1/2 step)
    F7 to C7 would be Eb of F7 to E of C7 (1/2 step)
    C7 to G7 would be Bb of C7 to B of G7 (1/2 step)
    G7 to C7 would be F of G7 to E of C7 (1/2 step)

    G7 to F7 would be a chromatic approach from the 3rd to the 3rd or 7th to 7th.

    The 7th would be played on the last beat of the measure - the 3rd of the new chord on the first beat of the new measure

    (Playing the changes)
     
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  19. tfarny

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    Oh, I also spend a decent amount of time using the guitar to work out vocal melodies and harmonies. I bought a keyboard partly for that purpose, but I'm just an ole picker at heart I guess.
     
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    Because of my failing health, when I can play I'll pick up my strat or my Sorrento, or my Ovation and just noodle until I find an enjoyable riff that inspires me and after it's done try go onto another. I only play originals and there's plenty of stuff I need to keep alive in my head and my hands until I can hopefully get them recorded. My arthritis and peripheral nephropathy usually dictates my playing times.
     
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