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Old 12-25-2009, 06:30 PM   #61
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If you want to play a few songs around the campfire, as opposed to performing in concert, I'd suggest buying a second-hand guitar (chances are you'll go far), such as a Yamaha, then get together with like-minded guitarists, so you can teach each other, and learn some songs from start-to-finish. I can't tell you how many wannabes can play the first few bars of Stairway To Heaven or Freebird...

If you can play about ten chords - G, C, D, Dm, E, Em, A, Am, Bm, and F - you can play nearly every song by such artists as the Eagles, Prine, Dylan, America, CSNY...
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If you want to play a few songs around the campfire, as opposed to performing in concert, I'd suggest buying a second-hand guitar (chances are you'll go far), such as a Yamaha, then get together with like-minded guitarists, so you can teach each other, and learn some songs from start-to-finish. I can't tell you how many wannabes can play the first few bars of Stairway To Heaven or Freebird...

If you can play about ten chords - G, C, D, Dm, E, Em, A, Am, Bm, and F - you can play nearly every song by such artists as the Eagles, Prine, Dylan, America, CSNY...
Another handy piece of equipment to buy for a guitar is a capo. That enables you to change the key of the guitar, upping your aforementioned chords by as many half-steps as you like.

Becasue I don't like to play bar chords, I often use the capo to change the key so they are played differently. Also, I can fit a song better to my voice range by altering the key.
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Another handy piece of equipment to buy for a guitar is a capo. That enables you to change the key of the guitar, upping your aforementioned chords by as many half-steps as you like.

Becasue I don't like to play bar chords, I often use the capo to change the key so they are played differently. Also, I can fit a song better to my voice range by altering the key.
Not knowing any music means for me that using a capo doesn´t avoid having to use some other bar.....
Anyway my ailment -similar to CTS-provokes that my hand heats up or gets numb after a few songs, mostly the ones with bars. I get some relief by dousing the hand in cold water. But after a couple of dunkings it doesn´t work anymore.
Do you know any home remedies for this?
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Have played guitar since about 1964 and have always enjoyed it. Sometimes I'll go for weeks without picking up an instrument and other times I'll play for hours on end. Kind of a good form of therapy as well as keeping the mind and fingers active learning new music. Below are some pics of my current guitars, hate to think how many I've bought, sold and traded over the years. Play all kinds of music (badly) from jazz, blues, rock to classical and anything else that strikes my fancy.





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G.A.S. - guitar acquisition syndrome...

Pic doesn't include my two acoustics, or my Carvin 50w tube combo.
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Frayne and HF: After seeing your guitars the only thing I can do is bow out discreetly of this thread....
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Any fool with a few bucks can buy a guitar...
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I know, but I bet neither one of you is a fool, but a fantastic player Any useful tips for my ailing hand?
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Yup, guitars do not make the player, practice does though. At this point in my life I play pretty much for personal enjoyment and to drive my wife deaf. Actually she leaves the house when I crank it up. A little distortion is good for the soul, not so much the ears though.
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Here's a little piece I'm currently working on;

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All you frugal people here and not one admits to playing the instrument of the frugal. No, not a cheap instrument but one whose ancestral players were are known for frugality. My parents, who played multiple instruments, tried to get me to learn to play one since they thought that even one born as tone deaf as I was would have a problem making it sound a lot worse than a fine player. They were wrong.

I never got as good as this guy.
I admit it.

I have to rebut that awful video you provided with some world class piping.

If you'll only listen to 2 minutes of bagpipes, listen to this:



Here's the best pipe band (SFU= Simon Fraser University Pipe Band) I know of doing some excellent work (plus a cute tenor drummer at 2:17!):



Same band, with some flashier tunes:



Good acoustics plus a soloist and the same band, with some flashy stuff at the end (the video focus gets better after a minute or so):



You still don't have to like them, but at least listen to some good stuff!

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I thought I'd bring this old thread back to life and post a song that was recorded last week. My DH played bass.............

A friend of DH's wrote and arranged this tune for a choreographers showcase.

blues for gene by pbass76 on SoundCloud - Create, record and share your sounds for free
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Very cool!
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Thanks Al...I was thinkin' of ya when I posted it.
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I have a nice Martin HD-28. I don't know if I'd call what I do playing, but I try.
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Hey, I looked through this thread looking for drummers...any of you know anything about African drums? DH and I have been taking an African drumming class (on Congas) and want to buy, hopefully used, a couple of djembe drums. Any ideas or suggestions?

We aren't exactly ready for the drum circle at the music festival, but we might manage a few beats at the campsite if we can find some drums. Harley, bring your whatchamacallit and join in at FF!
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54 drums and a tenor sax? Sounds like a recipe for a disturbing the peace arrest to me.
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Hey, I looked through this thread looking for drummers...any of you know anything about African drums? DH and I have been taking an African drumming class (on Congas) and want to buy, hopefully used, a couple of djembe drums. Any ideas or suggestions?

We aren't exactly ready for the drum circle at the music festival, but we might manage a few beats at the campsite if we can find some drums. Harley, bring your whatchamacallit and join in at FF!
check out craigslist. they usually have a pretty healthy music inst. section
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