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sam 'n' ella

Member Since 21 Aug 2007
Offline Last Active Jan 10 2008 05:02 AM
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In Topic: A few tips...

18 December 2007 - 03:39 AM

Harrison and Clapton are not good examples of players who don't need a metronome. Did you ever hear recordings of Harrison trying to jam, or outtakes of him learing Beatle songs? Harrison had horrible timing. If you listen to live recordings of a lot of those guitar heros from the 60's and 70's-- like Clapton or Hendrix--you'll hear that their timing wasn't very good. Clapton himself says he hated a lot of the live Cream stuff because he was lost a lot of the time and didn't know if he was on the one or the four. I've never been a Cream or Clapton fan, but Clapton's playing on the Cream reunion was a lot better.

In Topic: Capo?????????

28 November 2007 - 04:43 AM

A true guitarist would know that a capo is not just for transposing. There are things you can play with a capo that you just can't duplicate with transposing. Let's say your song is in G and you go to the five chord by moving a C chord up two fret and strum, including the open strings. Now, transpose the song to the key of G#. Because of the open strings of the original five chord, you just can't get that kind of sound for the five chord in the key of G#. If using a capo is a sign of not being a "true" guitarists", then the following people are not "true guitarists":

George Harrison
Leo Kottke
Albert Collins
Bob Dylan

Need I go on?

In Topic: When are you a guitarist?

28 November 2007 - 04:00 AM

I'm not sure exactly where I draw the line, but I think that there is a difference in skill between a guitar player and a guitarist. For example, I would consider John Lennon a guitar player and Leo Kottke a guitarist. Just as I would consider Lennon someone who plays a little piano, but not a pianist. Herbie Hancock would be a pianist.

In Topic: Fluency on guitar

21 November 2007 - 03:05 AM

Practice hammer-ons and pull-offs. Add slides and grace notes. The less picking you do, the more fluid your playing will sound.

In Topic: Strings

20 November 2007 - 09:44 AM

I was really skeptical about the Webstrings when I first heard about them. Now that I've tried them, I see no reason to waste my money on anything else. From what I understand, the dirty little secret about strings is that a lot of strings with differnt brand names are actually made by the same company and preferences are just psychological. Buy the Webstrings and change them whenever you feel like it, you won't even think about the cost.


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