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Which songs do you play the most?

Discussion in 'The Writers' Block' started by kbold, Mar 21, 2020.

  1. kbold

    kbold Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

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    I find I play my most recent songs (10 or so) the most. Probably 80% or more of my playing is on these most recent songs.

    I did, for a while, play songs randomly (based on the result of a random number generator). I found this rather fun and challenging, but have petered off this lately. Maybe it's time to start doing this again.
     
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  2. chulaivet1966

    chulaivet1966 Tele-Afflicted

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    G'day mate....

    A couple decades ago I used to play/practice my originals consistently.
    I do have enough to keep me busy at it.

    But...after I got into the digital recording world back in 2000 once they were recorded to my satisfaction, especially after all other instrumentation was dubbed, I quit practicing them.
    Especially noting I'm not in an original band anymore.
    I just move on to another new song.

    The only ones I practice now are those on my cover practice/playlist.....I have about 20 in that category.
    Worked on them again last night.

    Be safe everyone.....have a great weekend.
     
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  3. Dukex

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    I have about ten I practice regularly, mostly my newer stuff.
     
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  4. 24 track

    24 track Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

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    I kind of place what I play into 3-4 catagories
    1)warm up
    A) Fearless, Pink Floyd
    B)Cant find my way home, Blind faith
    C)Wish you were here, Pink Floyd
    D)We took the wrong step years ago, Hawkwind

    2) originals
    3-4 of them

    3) rehearsal tune

    4) some self inflicted 3 song medleys
    like
    A) summertime
    B) Babe I'm going to leave you
    C) While my guitar gently weeps
     
  5. brookdalebill

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    The song I play most, when I’m home, is Moonlight In Vermont.
    I play a dumbed down variation of Johnny Smith’s version, in E, instead of JS’s C.
    When I (country) gig, it’s good ol’ Cowboy Rides Away.
    It’s a good straight 8 beat, two steppin’, hard to muck up 3 chord wonder, and works it Every Single Time!
    Lounge gigs, it’s Satin Doll instrumentally, and Stormy, vocally.
     
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  6. elihu

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    When I sit down with a guitar and play for an hour or so I try to play like I would if someone was watching.

    It keeps me focused.

    I try to start with something easy to sing to warm up, say George Strait's It Ain't Cool and Alan Jackson Livin' on Love. Then maybe play a few faster ones like Chuck Berry's Let It Rock and CCR's Green River then go on to a few fingerpicking things like Jim Croce's New York's Not My Home and Operator then some originals. By that time I usually have to do something else...kids, dog, wife, job...the real world intervenes.

    But it's all good.
     
  7. chulaivet1966

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    I agree....
    I see it as an audienceless performance....just in case I might get conned into playing it with someone else at some unexpected venue. :)

    Me...I just learned a new one that I'd threatened to do for some time....being, Traveling Man by Ricky Nelson....cool tune...fun to play to.
    That's my new 'warm up' tune.
    Then its to Pretzel Logic, Love The One You're With, Another Park/Another Sunday....and on through the rest of my playlist set.

    Back to it....
     
  8. elihu

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    Just wanted to say that I wish I had the chops to tackle Moonlight in Vermont.

    I can fake my way through Till There Was You, Watch What Happens and Over the Rainbow, but they're the low rent juvenile versions.
     
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  9. brookdalebill

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    There are several great tutorials on YouTube.
    I still don’t know how to post links, but “my” version of MIV is cobbled together from several of them.
    I love the sound of “close voiced” chords.
    I do some chord melody stuff at my solo gig, and my lounge gig.
     
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  10. elihu

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    That might take more than an hour! ;)

    But retirement is a-coming...
     
  11. Charlie Bernstein

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    Songs don't stick to my teflon brain. So I'm always going over everything I can think of, old and new, originals and covers. When I have a gig, I practice whatever I'll be playing there.

    My music buddies are always after me to do more covers. So now that the pubs my friends and I play at are closed, I've been adding some new covers: "Hesitation Blues," "One Meatball," "Me and My Uncle," "Brother, Can You Spare a Dime," "And She Was," "Stewball," "Old Blue," "On the Road Again" (Memphis Jug Band's, not Willie's—cleaned up for mass consumption, of course), "John Hardy," "Mysterious Mose."

    (I know: What the hell is "And She Was" doing in an acoustic set?

    a: My slide buddy loves reinventing pop tunes on his National,

    b: there just aren't that many songs out there about levitation and astral projection—you gotta take 'em where you find 'em,

    c: audiences are funny—no matter what you play, there's always someone who's sorry you did, someone who's glad you did, and someone who doesn't know you did—and

    d: okay, I admit it, dammit, it's actually kind of a catchy little ditty.)​

    Haven't written anything audience-worthy lately. Just stupid introspective throw-aways. How stupid? I'll never tell, so you'll never know.
     
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  12. telestratosonic

    telestratosonic Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    I'm working on Moonlight in Vermont as well for guitar and piano. It's slow going on the piano though.
    I've been working on MIV as well for guitar and piano. But it's been slow going on the piano.
     

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  13. telestratosonic

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    I have four songs I've been working seriously on. I've been shopping two of them that I consider completed. I'm a fan of a Canadian country artist who recently cut loose from the Nashville scene and is hoping to make it as an independent artist. He's been working on some new songs for a new album. I'm trying to interest him in one of mine. The closest I've gotten to speaking to him is a conversation with his mom. He hasn't replied yet. I'm patient though.
    A third tune, a work in progress, is a country Christmas song with all the usual stuff thrown in. You know what I'm talking about: my dog, girlfriend left me and took her pickup truck with her, etc. It's hopefully, humorous.
    I like songs with a melody. I bought Willie Nelson's Stardust album in 1979 and it's still one of my favorites. Country-wise, my favorites are Johnny Cash, Patsy Cline, Hank Williams, Merle Haggard, etc. but not limited to these artists. I pretty much lean towards songs with a strong melody and good lyrics.
     
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    haggardfan1 Friend of Leo's

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    Whether gig or jamming with friends, I almost always do

    "Big City"
    "Living on Love"
    Willie's "Remember Me (When the Candlelights are Gleaming)"
    "Kern River"
    a medley of "The Running Kind/I'm A Lonesome Fugitive"
    "Lodi"
    "If We Make It Through December"
    "Sing Me Back Home"
    "It's All in the Movies"

    edit: oh, and "Brain Cloudy Blues".
     
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  15. blowtorch

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    The coolest ones, so, mostly originals :cool:
     
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  16. kbold

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    So, your coolest cool ones are recent originals or older originals.
     
  17. blowtorch

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    Well, the *most* recent ones are still in development, so they get a lot of play in the interest of coming to full fruition, I guess

    My stuff is pretty wide-ranging, from stealing cars to werewolves to killing your girlfriend
     
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    I just open the binder and play whatever comes up. This morning it was "If You Hated Me" by Merle, followed by "Driving Nails In My Coffin."
     
  19. fendrguitplayr

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    Most of the time I put on my Guitar channel on Pandora and play along with whatever comes up.

    Sometimes I learn a new (for me) song that I can sing adequately.
     
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