New appreciation of, and critique of, guitar players

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    lisadmh
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    I never used to know what I was looking at when I watched guitar players but now that I’m learning uke I have a sense.

    We saw the New Pornographers last night live. I love that band. But really, the lead guy was staying in the first five frets, barely moving, and had basic strum patterns. Andrew would never let us get away with that. He was singing too, but even the singing songs here have more movement than that.

    Some of their songs would be great for uke. I’m sure Andrew could add the movement all on the uke that they get by using multiple instruments.

    #29870

    robinboyd
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    It’s interesting isn’t it. I was listening to Dire Straits on the radio and identifying every pull off, hammer on, and bend, whereas a few years ago, I would just have enjoyed the sounds.

    If you are starting to feel jaded about pros playing up the neck, just have a look at Paul McCartney here.

    #29871

    becky7777
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    Lisa, I think that ‘sense’ of what people are doing is what is making me label songs as “sounds easy enough to play.” followed by a reality check lol. As long as it isn’t impossible or painful I try though! LOL! It’s a bummer to find out classical tunes I like are mostly grade 8-9 out of 10. Same goes for my “taste” in most other tablature I consume.

    I am very convincing to myself for a few minutes when i’m listening to something that “I can totally do that.” LOL!

    Sounds like you had a good time at the show though. 👍

    #29886

    lisadmh
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    Lol. Sounds like me every Friday when the new song comes up and I sneak into YouTube at work. Yeah, I can do that!

    Then I get home and check the level and nope, I can’t do that.

    Unless it’s Evan. Then I just know I can’t do it, lol! Some day.

    But seriously, this guy was up down up down at the bottom of the neck. He sure can sing though.

    #29887

    lisadmh
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    Robin, I saw Paul McCartney live a bunch of years ago and I wish I had known what I was looking for then!

    Now I have to go check out Dire Straits. It’s been a while.

    #29893

    robinboyd
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    I’m not a huge Dire Straits fan, but Mark Knopfler throws the kitchen sink at those guitar solos. They have it all.

    #29960

    anirbaf
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    hey becky7777 i think you should really try those hard tunes all the same! i do it all the time! in the beginning it’s so much slower than the original but when muscle memory kicks in just two / three days later it’s amazing what you can learn!

    i just had this with thinking out loud – i started, thought it was too freaking hard and was about to give it up. a week later my hands are getting used to all the tapping and i think i can probably make it – slowly – and it’s super fun (:

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