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Discussion in 'Music to Your Ears' started by Jim622, Feb 15, 2019.
i start at the beginning
Good question, I hadn’t given it much deliberate thought. I guess my tendency is to strum cowboy chords E then A to check the tuning. Then I bend all my strings a minor third bending toward the midline of the fretboard, to stretch the strings out and test their stability. Then I strum another E then A cowboy chord to verify if they are still in tune.
If it's "my axe" I play whatever it is I'm working on, or have had in my head lately.
If it's someone else's guitar or one at a music store, etc in standard tuning I play my take on Bill Broonzy's Key to the Highway in E.
"A" minor scale followed by a Em chord
Little blues lick
Intro to "the weight" by the ba d
Something close to Mystery Train and details fast after leaving the station.
Open E. My favorite chord.
Fingerpicked C chord going into either fingerpicked Dm chord (if the tuning seems off) or Just Breathe or Under the Bridge.
Mostly the "Born Under A Bad Sign"-riff.
G C F chords.
A G chord including the d on the B string- usually a good indicator of tuning- well, to my ears.
Then a test with an E chord.
Chords/voicings with open strings. Lots of sus and add9. Pretty obvious when those are out of tune
Well, I have this infected blister on my left ring finger. Still want to know what comes out when I play?!?
G or Em "cowboy" followed by D and Am barre chord to check tuning
a pentatonic lick that i want to get rid of .... or a D
What do I play when I first pick up a guitar?....I wish it was the intro to VH's Eruption, but it's usually just some minor blues pentatonic noodling.
It depends on which guitar I pick up....
Starting on the left - open G fallowed by singing “Look out, Mama, there's a white boat coming up the river“
In the middle - The Needle And The Damage Done
On the right - I usually run though the opening of - Eyes Of The World
I have injured my self several times because of not doing that every time I want to play...
I cant say exactly what I'll play the second I pick up my guitar ( at home it's always an acoustic) but a Neil Young/Dead/Bob Dylan song WILL be played within 5 minutes, if not sooner!
( I know a lot of each that may never make it to my gigs, but get played constantly here...)
* lately been on a Neil Young 'Tonight's the Night' album kick!
That's the way. That's why I posed the question. I've been purposely trying to go to something I've been working on, instead of what comes naturally or right at the finger memory type of things.
Yup. Keeps you reaching. Plus, sometimes things you've been thinking are hard suddenly become "just a lick".