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Title: dumb but serious question
Post by: Merlin on January 26, 2011, 04:39:58 PM
Do you guys have a go to tune or lick you play when you are looking at guitars in the music store?
Whenever I pick up a guitar to tryout I never know what to strum.
I know its a dumb question, but I sometimes hesitate picking up a guitar because I am not sure what to play.
Title: dumb but serious question
Post by: greygoose625 on January 26, 2011, 05:20:12 PM
When you look at guitars in a store you are in charge and you play what you please.  I do not hesitate to ask to take the guitar to a private and quite area......if I do not get the consideration I demand I'll go else where......janeguitar.com
Title: dumb but serious question
Post by: Tio Kimo on January 26, 2011, 06:01:23 PM
that's funny, i think so many of us feel a little self conscious in a GC type environment.

The answer is yes. I have a certain progression that I usually play, if it's electric, cause it includes arpeggios, barred chords, a bass run component, and I can play it in my sleep, so at least it's tite. Gives me an idea of the different sounds I might get, I try it on the different p'ups, mess with amp settings, gives me a feel for the neck etc. Then there is one decent solo that i know from a classic...the first lead break from Ramblin' Man, I'll run through that.

Ultimately, we shouldn't give a rats a** what anybody in there thinks of our playing, but that's not how it always goes down.

Thinking of buying a guitar? What are you looking at?
Title: dumb but serious question
Post by: YerDugliness on January 26, 2011, 06:10:02 PM
quote:
Originally posted by Merlin

Do you guys have a go to tune or lick you play when you are looking at guitars in the music store?



Yes...for fingerstyle guitars, its' a Gordon Lightfoot piece (I do it only as an instrumental, there's too much going on with all the chord changes and hammer ons/lift offs to engage the mouth,too [:D] ).  The song contains a lot of major chords:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kZ1Utf57QDE

For a guitar better suited to use with a pick, it's this (this one is full of jazz chords, minor 7ths, etc...doesn't sound right unless the guitar is in tune all the way up and down the neck):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UO42FVPxtwo

Like Jane, I do expect to be allowed some privacy.  I don't go in and pick up a guitar to audition unless I'm actively treating a case of GAS.  I find that as the crew gets to be composed of higher quality axes, I find it less and less necessary to audition the lower priced offerings (except, recently, I've decided that I need a new campfire guitar, since my acoustics all seem to be all solid-wood and I'm a bit reluctant to take them camping).  I very seldom pursue purchases in GC or other large chain outlets, they don't seem to have anywhere quiet where I can escape Billy the bong king with his Strat copy, obsessing endlessly over the chords to Smoke on the Water at full volume.

I guess the bottom line is that you should play a song or riff with which you are fully familiar, so that you can hear the guitar's unique sound signature.  Sort of like auditioning audiophile speakers, take a CD with which you are quite familiar so that the unique sonic character of the speaker will be obvious.

Cheers from.....

Dugly [8D]

YerDugliness, Esq./Post No Bills
Guitar Playin' FOOL, retired & attempting to age disgracefully!!
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Other fine acoustic guitars by Breedlove (custom shop Revival Series 000), Darren Hippner (#506), Takamini (2005 LTD), Epiphone (Masterbilt AJ500RC), and Yamaha (G231-II)

Title: dumb but serious question
Post by: magoo99 on January 26, 2011, 09:04:06 PM
Play what you want, how else will you know if the guitar is right for you.
Thats what I always tell people, then ask a salesperson to play it to see what it sounds like played by someone else who can play.

Funny story, I always feel like I can't play In these music stores  because there are so many great players, that was till the other day when I was sitting there playing a mandolin for a guy that was wanting to buy it and a store rep came over and called me a show off...LOL  head swelling...LOL

so maybe you guys can play better then you think.
Title: dumb but serious question
Post by: gregjones on January 27, 2011, 04:28:32 PM
I always ask the salesman, Wanna hear my version of 'Stairway To Heaven'?.

Gets me a quiet little lesson room every time.[;)]
Title: dumb but serious question
Post by: Merlin on January 27, 2011, 05:01:44 PM
good response guys.
I guess I wasn't very clear.  I am not that worried about my abilities or (lack of) with the guitar I just cant ever think of what to play.  I am left sitting there strumming random chords.  I was wondering if anyone had a method to what they play when looking for sound quality and feel.
Title: dumb but serious question
Post by: Quinn Spalpeen on January 27, 2011, 05:17:51 PM
What would you be playing at home?  On stage (if applicable)?  Try playing that.  If it is a performance shyness sort of thing, then play what you know better than anything else.  Always try your best material, that which you know best,,, I don't think there is a simple test drive tune list, nor should there be one,,,,

A beginner should take a player along with them.  If you're not a beginner, you already KNOW what you want to play, and how you want it to sound. Digital Piano
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Title: dumb but serious question
Post by: cedwards on January 28, 2011, 09:02:16 AM
I've always been partial to the open GMaj, D, Cadd9 progression for hearing a guitar ring out. Examples would be Green Day's Good Riddance and Pretenders' 2,000 Miles. I work that progression hard, stop and hold on the G and listen to her fade out.

It's also good to hear what happens with an open E, A, B blues with, perhaps, E7 and A7 and some B minors thrown in. As for barre chords up the neck, no particular opinion on what to do there.
Title: dumb but serious question
Post by: Pining on January 28, 2011, 08:11:25 PM
quote:
Originally posted by gregjones

I always ask the salesman, Wanna hear my version of 'Stairway To Heaven'?.

Gets me a quiet little lesson room every time.[;)]


If it's got tuners, tits, or tires----it's gonna cost you.



That was very funny!
Title: dumb but serious question
Post by: Junior88 on January 28, 2011, 09:57:25 PM
quote:
Originally posted by Pining

quote:
Originally posted by gregjones

I always ask the salesman, Wanna hear my version of 'Stairway To Heaven'?.

Gets me a quiet little lesson room every time.[;)]


If it's got tuners, tits, or tires----it's gonna cost you.



That was very funny!


You've heard Greg play Stairway to Heaven??

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Title: dumb but serious question
Post by: Pike on January 29, 2011, 07:54:26 AM
quote:
You've heard Greg play Stairway to Heaven??

Heh heh...
Title: dumb but serious question
Post by: Pining on January 31, 2011, 03:21:09 AM
It was all in the way he added my version, to the sentence.
I've heard a lot of versions.