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The Guitar (and Other Musical Instruments) Thread
14 January 2018
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Anyway, I must've tempted Fate, because later I stuck my finger on the end of the G string. paul-mccartney (The most painful) Or perhaps it had more to do with my habit of caressing headstocks like they're cat-ears... ahdn_george_06

This gif literally describes how I look at and touch my guitars. No wonder I stick my fingers on the string-ends ahdn_paul_01

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@Silly Girl "I stuck my finger on the end of the G string. paul-mccartney (The most painful)"

That makes me cringe just thinking about it.  That reminds me of a related anecdote: Many years ago, when I was about 18 and learning to play the guitar, I was over at my older sister's home putting new strings on my guitar, and her husband came along to watch. At the end of stringing, I always have lengths at least 3 inches long of the strings hanging off the end with the tuning knobs. i asked mMy sister's husband if he had some wire cutters so I could cut them off. He got some and helpfully said "Here, let me do that"; and he proceeded to cut two of the guitar strings in the wrong place -- effectively destroying them.  He said he was sorry but I couldn't help feel he did it on purpose (I have no idea why...)

Also, speaking of tuning, when I put new strings on and I'm tightening them to get them tight enough to be in tune, I often keep wincing as I'm winching, afraid the string will snap broken and hit me in the eye or something.

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Also, speaking of tuning, when I put new strings on and I'm tightening them to get them tight enough to be in tune, I often keep wincing as I'm winching, afraid the string will snap broken and hit me in the eye or something.  

Doesn't everyone do that? I don't think I've ever had a string actually snap on me as I tightened it up, but I still instinctively hunker down as I wind up.

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Ugh, you people are reminding me that my Janine needs some new strings. a-hard-days-night-paul-7 I've never actually done it my self and I know I'm going to mess it up. Well, I couldn't do anything to horrific could I? ahdn_george_08

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@TheWalrusWasBrian said
Ugh, you people are reminding me that my Janine needs some new strings. a-hard-days-night-paul-7 I've never actually done it my self and I know I'm going to mess it up. Well, I couldn't do anything to horrific could I? ahdn_george_08  

Janine john-lennon-salute_gif

Wait , really? How long have you had the guitar? a-hard-days-night-paul-4 Really, changing strings is not that hard, totally worth it, and every guitarist should be fluent at it.* I learnt from the very best. a-hard-days-night-paul-10 a-hard-days-night-george-10 And trust me, once you get new strings on there, your hard work will more than pay off. It feels like getting a new guitar, but you only gotta pay five dollars and about a half-hour of labour -- and it's not even terribly hard labour, 'cause slaving over your guitars never feels like a chore. a-hard-days-night-george-9

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Have I persuaded you yet? a-hard-days-night-john-6

*You know what I mean. Too lazy to figure out what the correct word is so I'll just say it was poetic licence a-hard-days-night-john-6

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Janine john-lennon-salute_gif

Wait , really? How long have you had the guitar? a-hard-days-night-paul-4 Really, changing strings is not that hard, totally worth it, and every guitarist should be fluent at it.* I learnt from the very best. a-hard-days-night-paul-10 a-hard-days-night-george-10 And trust me, once you get new strings on there, your hard work will more than pay off. It feels like getting a new guitar, but you only gotta pay five dollars and about a half-hour of labour -- and it's not even terribly hard labour, 'cause slaving over your guitars never feels like a chore. a-hard-days-night-george-9

See? Even David Gilmour has to do it.
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Have I persuaded you yet? a-hard-days-night-john-6

*You know what I mean. Too lazy to figure out what the correct word is so I'll just say it was poetic licence a-hard-days-night-john-6  

You have persuaded me. ahdn_george_08 I shall purchase strings next time I go to the guitar center. I've had her for about a year, since you asked. My mom got her in the seventies and gave her to me since I am a cool guitar person now. ahdn_ringo_09

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I've had her for about a year, since you asked. My mom got her in the seventies and gave her to me since I am a cool guitar person now. ahdn_ringo_09  

Very cool! What kind of guitar is she?

I'm assuming you haven't changed the strings during that time -- how is it that you haven't busted any yet? ahdn_paul_02

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I think he's referring to his 1966 Fender Duo Sonic II in red. Here's a picture of an identical guitar.

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By the way, is your Duo Sonic in fiesta red, dakota red, or candy apple red.

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I think she's referring to his her 1966 Fender Duo Sonic II in red. Here's a picture of an identical guitar.

Oh, right paul-mccartney-facepalm_gif I remember now.

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Yep, that's her! I guess its just luck the strings didn't give out on me. 

 

I didn't know there were more than one colour of red. Hm. I'll have to Google it. 

 

Edit: I believe she's Dakota red, but I might be wrong

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I got my reverb and phase pedals. The reverb pedal has a very nice spring reverb and a bunch of others that I'll probably not use a lot. The phaser pedal is a Joyo and the minute I turned it on was instant Gilmour on Breathe. So I did that for a while! It has the one knob for speed and when you turn it up fast it has a very serviceable Univibe sound although its only in mono so no Leslie effect.

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I got my reverb and phase pedals. The reverb pedal has a very nice spring reverb and a bunch of others that I'll probably not use a lot. The phaser pedal is a Joyo and the minute I turned it on was instant Gilmour on Breathe. So I did that for a while! It has the one knob for speed and when you turn it up fast it has a very serviceable Univibe sound although its only in mono so no Leslie effect.  

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It's called a Joyo Vintage Phase, they're dirt cheap and sound great. 

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Too... much.... Pageing
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Silly Girl must be way above my pay grade!  I'm too daunted by Page to even try...

On my way to finding the right tempo for "Meglio Stasera", I hit on trying to do it in the style of Brazilian pop guitarist Toquinho in his song "Como Dizia O Poeta/Testamento/Para Viver Um Grande Amor/Morena Flor/Samba da Volta/Regra Três" (redone on his collaboration album with Vinicius, Personalidade, and as can be inferred from that long title, it's an ingenious mix of six of his older songs redone, all flowing into each other as one song with the same feel & tempo).  Here he employs a fast fingerpicking style plucking two or three strings at a time, with apposition from bass notes with his thumb, mixed in occasionally with arpeggios.

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Silly Girl must be way above my pay grade!  I'm too daunted by Page to even try...
  

I don't blame you. He makes me feel vastly inferior, but at the same time I have a highly foolhardy persistence, which dictates my belief that I can play anything if I practise long and hard enough -- maybe not today, or tomorrow, but someday... which is why it's taken me a year to learn 'Stairway To Heaven's solo. a-hard-days-night-paul-7

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I'm not even going to try doing Page, a lick here or two but I'm never going to do the weedly wee style because I feel it's a trap, what Andy Partridge calls the 'blues box', its impressive but musically it's limiting. I like Gilmour better as a soloist because his style is cleaner and more emotive like he actually feels it, something that I don't get from Page. But even Gilmour is trapped in that blues box. I'm more inspired by players like Robert Fripp who is dauntingly technical but commands a greater range, from St Elmo's Fire to It's No Game etc etc.

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I'm not even going to try doing Page, a lick here or two but I'm never going to do the weedly wee style because I feel it's a trap, what Andy Partridge calls the 'blues box', its impressive but musically it's limiting.  

Don't underestimate the Jimmy. Soloing, sure, maybe he was blues-boxed, but his non-solo kind of compositions -- the fingerpicking stuff, or things like The Rain Song -- I can't call that blues-boxed at all.

Anyway, I'm not interested right now in becoming a complete and well-rounded musician -- I'm just interested in playing what I like. And I love me some Pagey meleleleleleleleleing a-hard-days-night-john-6

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I don't blame you. He makes me feel vastly inferior, but at the same time I have a highly foolhardy persistence, which dictates my belief that I can play anything if I practise long and hard enough ...

  

That's a good attitude; closely related to that is the principle of "Why not?" And don't worry about failing -- another crucial value.

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That's a good attitude; closely related to that is the principle of "Why not?" And don't worry about failing -- another crucial value.  

Oh yeah, I feck up all the time. I just keep playing it till I get it right.

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