- Jun 15, 2021
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That reminds me, I also played percussion in a high school (marching, concert, symphonic and jazz) bands.I learned with a combination of being self taught, plus two semesters of formal instruction at my university music department. The formal instruction was a bit of a slog since since as my piano teacher, band teachers, and other music teachers will attest, I can pick up music much faster by ear to the detriment of my more formal instruction. That said, I did benefit from that formal instruction, especially when it comes to the mechanics of playing an instrument.
The fist rock band I was in however played a huge role in making me the guitar player I am today. We had two other guitarists who showed me a lot of "cheater" techniques not covered by my college instruction and dramatically expanded my palette of sounds and techniques. Another thing that experience taught me was how to think on my feet. The frontman was famous (infamous) in the local musical community for springing things on the band at will. I don't know how many times we would be playing a live show and he would utter the words "Let's see if you remember this one boys..." and start to play something we had never rehearsed and we didn't know what he was doing. The rest of us had one or two measures at most to identify the key and time signature, jump on and play the song we thought he was playing. Often we were 15 to 20 seconds in before we knew for sure what he was trying to play and adjust accordingly. Unprofessional? yeah. Pain in the @$$? yeah. did we complain? yeah. After 5 years though we got quite good at it, and while we were often hanging on by our teeth the audience usually responded enthusiastically and often commented that they "liked our version a lot". I would never do that to a group of musicians myself in front of an audience, but it really did make me a better player all things considered.
"....by myself..."A big breakthrough for me was to figure out how to play BEATLES songs, both guitar parts.......by myself...in time and make the song sound correct ! By myself.....LMT, that was 25 years ago ? FFS......
WAIT.........'Riding so HIIIGH , tryin to remember...how many cigarettes did I bring along...', thats it ,yes? Took a minute to come back...Damn Alzheimers !"....by myself..."
At the same time.
Yup! Same for me. But for me it was Tull's "to cry you a song" back in 1970.
Both guit melodies at same time on one tele delux. Using a pick didn't sound right. Two fingernail plucking did it. 2nd & 3rd fingers. Clasical style.WAIT.........'Riding so HIIIGH , tryin to remember...how many cigarettes did I bring along...', thats it ,yes? Took a minute to come back...Damn Alzheimers !
NICE ONE !
That’s exactly what I say about myself! Time played doesn’t always equal skill level!Took lessons for a few years in the high school years. Got efficient at tabs, learned the chords, and some scales. Got about 2 dozen songs under my belt, maybe more, then kept practicing on my own.
For the amount of years I have been strumming I should be a lot better. Lol.
Sure enjoy it though
Both guit melodies at same time on one tele delux. Using a pick didn't sound right. Two fingernail plucking did it. 2nd & 3rd fingers. Clasical style.
Saw alice cooper open for Tull at Seattle in 70 er 71 I think. Alice opened w twin gold on white SG Custom playing Halo of Flies. Everyone lit up instantly. Week later, same venue, Stevie Wonder opened for Mahogany Rush. Strange combo, but one of the best shows I've seen to date.gotta try that out...i'm not such a classical type picker....give a go tho....I got the 1st word in that song wrong, I THINK? Mr Andersen SINGS..... 'FLYING' not 'RIDING'....I always thought Martin Barre and Barriemore Barlow were criminally under-rated/appreciated...one of the best performances I've seen was those guys....'Locomotive Breath' into 'Cross-Eyed Mary' to end the show.....Madison Sqaure Garden...the entire building was shaking !
Record player ? I haven't even seen one in 20 years.....i'll try youtube at half speed?Saw alice cooper open for Tull at Seattle in 70 er 71 I think. Alice opened w twin gold on white SG Custom playing Halo of Flies. Everyone lit up instantly. Week later, same venue, Stevie Wonder opened for Mahogany Rush. Strange combo, but one of the best shows I've seen to date.
"gotta try that out.."
Wasn't hard to do if one starts out at half speed and an octive down. Record player set at 16 rpm. Getting up to speed took a little time. Was a great tool for figuring out Jimmy Page leads. Never got up to speed on that. He"s a fairly scrappy lead guitarist. live, he's really scrappy and hard to follow sometimes. To the point we all thought he was sloppy and didn't stay in key. Guess if you're lightining fast, it doesn't matter if you make sense playing leads. One of the greatest studio bands ever, live, not so much IMHO.