August 17, 2005
just looking around
Jack fell down one day and poked a hole in the back of my Tacoma Papoose guitar. I think it sounds better now than it did before he broke it. I may try some nylon strings on it when I start recording.
I tuned my old Guild to an open "D" today, and it sounds great when played with a slide. I can use that on a lot of songs. "D" is a very friendy key for my voice and for a mandolin.
I put new strings on my Martin. Damn! That's the best-sounding guitar I ever listened to. It may not be the easiest to play, because I kept the action a little bit high for the sake of the sound, but that thing rings like no other guitar I ever heard.
I can't figure out what to do with my 12-string guitar. I have some ideas, but I'll probably have to experiment for a while until I decide what to do. I usually keep it tuned two steps down (to avoid neck-stress) and play with a capo. I don't like the way it sounds noosed with a capo. I think I'll tune it up to concert pitch and just go from there.
I need new strings on my autoharp. I'll be damned if I'm going to do that myself. You're talking SERIOUS work there, and I'm retired. I think I have a visit to Randy Wood in my immediate future.
I am NOT a great banjo player, but I can fake it. I own a good one and I expect to incorporate that sound into my music. I'll make you THINK I'm good, even when I ain't.
Percussion? No problem. I don't need drums. Finger-snaps, thigh-slaps, a tamborine and a couple of "egg rattlers" can handle that. Besides, drummers are just plain fucked-up to work with--- and I speak from working with a LOT of fucked-up musicians. (Sorry, jim, but that's been my experience.)
So... what I intend to do, starting tomorrow, is record a bunch of MY songs and a few others that I really like. I'm going to play every instrument on the first few tracks, sing harmony with myself, then invite a few friends over to put icing on the cake.
Sounds like a plan to me.
Harmonicas add a great touch, too.
I am a Master of the Skin Flute.
What do you call a guy who hangs out with musicians?
How do you get a drummer off your front porch?
Pay him for the pizza.
Hell, all this talk about instruments and recordings......I just hope we get to HEAR some of it A-Man! Make a CD, I'll buy it!
OK, I'm going to show my musical dumb-ass side. Ever play a steel guitar? If you have, is it hard to learn? I've always loved the sound and when you mentioned "slide", that's the first thing I thought of. Figured you be just about the best person to ask as anyone since I don't know any musicians. Thanks!
Oh! What great fun that sounds like! Wish I were close enough to be the audience!
I never could get good on a pedal steel. That thing is too fucking complicated.
But I own a lap-slide that I'm okay on,
I do believe that drummers who sometimes have to show the guitar players the chords to a tune are the exception. :-)
Well, if you want to avoid getting near a percussionist, you can always do what I've seen buskers here in London do, which is crush a coke can on the sole of their shoe and tap their foot to get a kind of beat. Seems to work pretty well.
I don't know how many of you people ever heard of Gove Scrivener, but HE played solo and tapped his feet on a wooden box with a mic under it for percussion.
He sounded GREAT!
CraigC Another oldie and goodie.
How do you tell the stage is level?
The drummer drools out of both sides of his mouth.
So how hard is it to learn to play the banjo?
Oldest boy is learning guitar, and FAST and I'd like to learn something that we can do together.
I have little talent (drummer, thanks guys) but quality time with the boy would make up for bleeding eardrums.
The banjo is a bitch to learn because of the high string being on the top. There's only about five basic hand positions to play from, but PICKING from there is the true art.
Listen to Earl Scruggs, then try to do what he does.
I HATE that bastard.
I always kept my 12 string tuned down 2 frets also, and I agree it becomes a boring and predictable sound.
One day I tuned it down 3 frets from concert (E becomes C#) and found the new sound very inspiring.
It has been there ever since. just saying.....might want to give it a try.
it is like wearing a badge that says 'yeah, I can play, but I son't really understand music'.