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Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by Jerry_Mountains, Jun 27, 2021.
The intro riff of Dragonaut by sleep.
If acoustic, PASS.
Pinball Wizard to the tune of Folsom Prison Blues
Folsom Prison Blues to the tune of Pinball Wizard
Must learn that myself!
If the room can handle the material: No Diggity. I have a cover that easily adapts to a bunch of different styles.
Otherwise: Route 66 and Man in a Suitcase.
People with a quirky sense of humor: Dumb Ways to Die
Kids: He Eats Asparagus, Why Can't You Be That Way? and Don't Stick You Finger Up Your Nose by Barry Louis Polisar.
A lot depends on the guitar and who's in the room. First, is the guitar playable and is it electric or acoustic? If it's an old acoustic, rusty strings an inch off the fretboard, I just look it over and say something about it's appearance. Second, I have a song list on my phone so that I don't have to worry about brain freeze when someone say's "play something."
If the guitar is playable or even good then I would read the room. Maybe play an original if it's a crowd that might appreciate that. Otherwise something that the crowd might like. Maybe Sam Cooke's Bring It On Home to Me, Clapton's Drifting, Fogelberg's Changing Horses. Willis Allen Ramsey's Ballad of Spider John always seems to draw people in with it's story.
Either something slow and mournful to bring the room down ("Wish You Were Here" or "And The Band Played Waltzing Matilda", maybe) or a Ramones song. Either way, to make sure this scenario never repeats.
I can't remember the last time, someone handed me an even remotely playable guitar.
The last one was my neighbors little girl's Hello
Not the somewhat playable Squire mini... I mean, a plastic $10 Hello Kitty guitar, where the tuners slip back at the first sign of tension.
very badly played blues upside down ( it all I can squeek out on a right handed guitar) left handed maybe an original or some Pink floyd, blind faith ,or Robert Plant
Unless your audience has very low expectations and are drunk or you are a seasoned solo artist with lots of tuneage at your disposal it's a no win situation IMO.
Sadly, yes. I have many songs for just such an occasion.
Gun Sale At the Church
Alright For the Shape I'm In
I Shot Your Dog
Thunderstorms and Neon Signs
OD'd In Denver
Raining In My Heart
I just love that first chord change to the augmented.
Either my solo version of Nuages or‘Round Midnight. Maybe both if they let me.
"Lovely Rita" - great opening arranged for single guitar and everyone knows it.
If it somehow gets tuned to open E, "Little Martha".
Did She Mention My Name, The Best of My Love, Lying Eyes, Song For A Winter’s Night, Second Cup of Coffee, Operator
John Candy would have hit 'em with his finest rendition of the Flintstones Theme!
Nobody Loves You When You’re Down and Out.
Friends in Low Places
Bad Bad Leroy Brown
Yes! Followed by Let’s Go Get Stoned
Depends on how much I like the people in the room. If I don't like them very much, I subject them to every verse of a bad version of American Pie. They never ask again. I usually do Liquored Up and Lacquered Down by Southern Culture on the Skids.