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 Posted: Mon May 9th, 2022 10:50 pm
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Who here plays guitar? I mean at any level. What guitars do you have? Amps? Pedals? Have you ever played live? Has your mom ever asked you "why don't you play some NICE songs"? Spill yer guts.

I've been playing for 50 years. Started when I was 13. Right now I have a wine colored 2019 Gibson Les Paul Trad Pro V and a pink 2020 MIM Fender Stratocaster.My amp is Orange dual channel 15WMy pedals are Oceans 11 reverb, Dirty Little Secret overdrive, MXR Univibe, and an Electro-Harmonix Soul Preacher compressor. 

Like all of us here of a certain age I'm sure you've had one or two or three axes that got away. I had a 1978 Les Paul which had DiMarzio super distortion pickups. I had a 1977 Strat which may or may not have increased in value. I also had an original run ESP Mirage I bought brand new in 1987 which one of my daughters has. Tons and tons of lesser guitars have passed through my hands.

I was in a band between 1987 - 1989 called the Fishpaws. We had two metalheads (myself and the drummer), two Deadheads (rhythm guitarist and bassist), and the singer who was quite eclectic and had one of the greatest voices I've ever heard. We had a modicum of success. We played "famous" clubs such as the Rising Sun in Yonkers. We played in front of 2,000 people in Pelham Bay Park. We had been hired by NYC Parks Dept. who put up a different type of band every week for the riff raff. They had a very cool portable stage which was huge and rock starish. My favorite gig was at this bar in Astoria called the Horseshoe. It was owned by a buddy who was a captain in the FDNY. It fit about 400 max. We drew about 1,000 that night. We had the main drag of Steinway Street in an absolute bedlam. The FDNY was called in to close it down but Nicky the owner and Captain sent those guys on there way.

The closest we got to really "making it" was an invite to play CBGB's. Opening act on a Sunday night. However, Connie Barrett, who was the manager of thrash metal pioneers Carnivore came down to see us specifically. We played great but she wanted to fuck our singer who noped right out. I don't blame him. Connie had about a quarter million miles on her.

So lets hear your guitar tales you hillbilly retards.



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Wong knows most of my story.  Playing since I was 14 so 45 years.  I am a retired starving musician who tried  making it from the late 80s until around 2000.   I shamelessly plugged my latest project here a week or so ago.   Wong is one of my sets of ears and he’s heard a bunch of my stuff.    I had all my shit listed out nice and neat but this bootleg POS message board  sucks when it comes to making lists.   Lets just say I have 14 guitars and enough amps to sound like I want to.  



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One of my favorite bands I played in, called Old Habits, was a group of recovering alcoholics who were very comfortable not drinking but we also still smoked pot and were not afraid to take acid…. A lot of acid. We played originals and covers but we didn’t “copy” the recordings of the bands we covered. If we drank enough juice, we might play a 4 or five hour set no problem. We never knew exactly what we were gonna play. One of our favorites was to start with the song “Moondance” by Van Morrison and see where it would go. Sometimes, it was pretty much the 5 minute album version but it could also be the 25 minute version that had “Whipping Post” or “Les Bres in Am” from the Allman Brothers in the middle of it. 
 This band was actually quite popular around the Greenville NC music scene and we would outdraw a then as yet unknown Hootie and the Blowfish when they can through town. They hit big about a year or two later.



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I truly respect anyone who can play even badly because I have so little musical ability. My son is 5 and has been playing piano/keys since 3 and he can read music now and has composed his first simple song. He knows what key people are singing in and can hear guitar parts and play them on keyboards without any instruction. He shows me sheet music and asks questions about it and is at a level so far beyond me already that I have no idea what he’s taking about. I’m very envious of that talent and anyone who has it.



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gwlee7 wrote: Wong knows most of my story.  Playing since I was 14 so 45 years.  I am a retired starving musician who tried  making it from the late 80s until around 2000.   I shamelessly plugged my latest project here a week or so ago.   Wong is one of my sets of ears and he’s heard a bunch of my stuff.    I had all my shit listed out nice and neat but this bootleg POS message board  sucks when it comes to making lists.   Lets just say I have 14 guitars and enough amps to sound like I want to.  I was hoping you would be the first to answer. Take it from me people, this kid Mr. Lee has some great chops. He's a perfect example of never giving up on your dream and making it as fun as possible along the way.



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srossi wrote: I truly respect anyone who can play even badly because I have so little musical ability. My son is 5 and has been playing piano/keys since 3 and he can read music now and has composed his first simple song. He knows what key people are singing in and can hear guitar parts and play them on keyboards without any instruction. He shows me sheet music and asks questions about it and is at a level so far beyond me already that I have no idea what he’s taking about. I’m very envious of that talent and anyone who has it.Dude that's fantastic. If he switches over to guitar after he starts listening to your MP3 or CD collection, he will have a huge head start in music theory. You've probably heard it said that you don't need to read music to be a great guitarist. It's true, but to an extent. You can certainly keep improving while self taught. But knowing theory gives you a big leg up.



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WongLee wrote: srossi wrote: I truly respect anyone who can play even badly because I have so little musical ability. My son is 5 and has been playing piano/keys since 3 and he can read music now and has composed his first simple song. He knows what key people are singing in and can hear guitar parts and play them on keyboards without any instruction. He shows me sheet music and asks questions about it and is at a level so far beyond me already that I have no idea what he’s taking about. I’m very envious of that talent and anyone who has it.Dude that's fantastic. If he switches over to guitar after he starts listening to your MP3 or CD collection, he will have a huge head start in music theory. You've probably heard it said that you don't need to read music to be a great guitarist. It's true, but to an extent. You can certainly keep improving while self taught. But knowing theory gives you a big leg up.
I don’t want to be “that guy” but his teacher says his understanding of music theory is unprecedented for someone who just turned 5 last week. When his teacher played guitar and then my son played it on keys perfectly, I would’ve thought someone was ribbing me if I hadn’t seen and heard it myself. He understands things instinctually that my wife, who has a tin ear, doesn’t get. And I’m not all that much better myself. Sadly I can’t get him into much of the music I’m into yet, but his favorite real non-kid band so far is Talking Heads, which is a bizarre choice but musically they’re pretty cool.   



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Srossi that is cool.



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srossi wrote: I truly respect anyone who can play even badly because I have so little musical ability. My son is 5 and has been playing piano/keys since 3 and he can read music now and has composed his first simple song. He knows what key people are singing in and can hear guitar parts and play them on keyboards without any instruction. He shows me sheet music and asks questions about it and is at a level so far beyond me already that I have no idea what he’s taking about. I’m very envious of that talent and anyone who has it.That is very cool. Kinda makes my day hearing something like that. 

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'but his favorite real non-kid band so far is Talking Heads, which is a bizarre choice but musically they’re pretty cool.' 

Made my day X 2

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At the complete other end of the spectrum, I got an acoustic for my 43rd birthday and am a complete beginner. Just reading guides and watching videos and trying to teach myself. I'm not taking it all seriously, so I'm ignoring any suggestions to take professional lessons. I suck, obviously, but slightly less that I did when I started 8 months ago. But I'm not being modest, I really do suck. It's fun, though, and mostly just an(other) excuse to listen to rock and metal music. Although sometimes I listen to the outro of Freebird and wonder why anyone would ever try to play guitar, because no one will ever get that good.

I played some piano as a teenager, enough that I can read music and understand time signatures and all that stuff. That knowledge definitely hasn't hurt my guitar efforts.

Rossi, with your adventures in landlording and crypto and now a musical prodigy, you should be shopping this around as a reality show.



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I haven't played guitar since I was in my early 20's, and I'm 46. My older brother played guitar more than I did, and he basically taught himself and once even had a recreational band. He taught me how to play and I could play something simple and basic, but nothing beyond that.

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Been playing since 93..I've swapped and traded more guitars over the last 30 years than I currently own, but right now I have several acoustics, a Fender strat and a tele...been playing bass on/off in bands the last 20 years too, have a Music Man Stingray bass which became my workhorse the last few years...I have a Geddy Lee Signature Fender Jazz bass too that I love..

When the band I was in broke up about a year ago I started playing bass in our church band but a new guy joined last month and he's a musician and way better than me and has more time so I let him take over, I'm fixing to dig my drum kit out of the back of the basement and knock off the rust and get back into my drumming...that's the first thing I did in bands when we started playing out..



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Speaking of guitars, I may as well tell this story. So, as I'v mentioned before here I'm engaged and Jan has 3 granddaughters, 11, 5 and 6 months old. The 11 and 5 year olds actually really like music and have played around on my old acoustic at the house, so Jan and I decided we should get them cheap starter guitars for their birthdays this year. They are only a week between, so I ordered them the same time. I KNEW they weren't great guitars but I wasn't even going to waste $100 on a Fender starter guitar on each of them until I saw if they really wanted to learn. So I ordered these guitars. They came one Friday night and I pulled one out, tuned it up and played it for about 10 min, it actually sounded REALLY good for a $50 guitar basically. They were half-size so they were perfect for those girls...

FFWD a few weeks later, Jessa, the 5 year old, we're all having her birthday party and I go and pull out the guitar, take it in there and she opens the box and is looking all wide-eyed at it, she thought it was cool. We told her me and her Uncle Bill (who taught me my first chords, my future BIL, played in every band I've ever been in) would teach her. So there's like 20 people there, I said "ok, I'll tune it up for you!". I sit down, start to tune, get to the D string and POP! The entire bridge and all 6 strings fly off just missing my face...Jessa is looking like "ok, hand me my guitar" and I was like "Welp, sorry, we'll get you another one." lol...that said, don't buy these guitars:

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Kriss wrote: At the complete other end of the spectrum, I got an acoustic for my 43rd birthday and am a complete beginner. Just reading guides and watching videos and trying to teach myself. I'm not taking it all seriously, so I'm ignoring any suggestions to take professional lessons. I suck, obviously, but slightly less that I did when I started 8 months ago. But I'm not being modest, I really do suck. It's fun, though, and mostly just an(other) excuse to listen to rock and metal music. Although sometimes I listen to the outro of Freebird and wonder why anyone would ever try to play guitar, because no one will ever get that good.

I played some piano as a teenager, enough that I can read music and understand time signatures and all that stuff. That knowledge definitely hasn't hurt my guitar efforts.

Rossi, with your adventures in landlording and crypto and now a musical prodigy, you should be shopping this around as a reality show.
Dude go and check out justinguitar.com. It's totally free and is catered to guys like yourself with little or no playing experience. The guy is great and as I mentioned, the lessons are FREE.



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