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#296194 - 05/21/20 08:03 PM Re: Musical Instruments and Survival Situations? [Re: dougwalkabout]
dougwalkabout Offline
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My sister plays ukelele. She tells me that any time you show up with a ukelele, someone will insist that you play "Tiny Bubbles" by Don Ho. So you'd better bring your best red velour jacket and lounge lizard crooner voice. You have been warned. grin


Edited by dougwalkabout (05/21/20 08:07 PM)

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#296199 - 05/22/20 12:09 AM Re: Musical Instruments and Survival Situations? [Re: dougwalkabout]
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Does she play "Somewhere Over the Rainbow?"

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#296200 - 05/22/20 12:51 AM Re: Musical Instruments and Survival Situations? [Re: dougwalkabout]
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I'm pretty sure the chord structure would work, for both the original and the Garland/Armstrong Hawaiian mashup.

I will hassle her about it the next time we get together. laugh

But to move the conversation forward: what uke classics should you learn to make you a 4-string hero around the fire? Thoughts? Help me out here.


Edited by dougwalkabout (05/22/20 05:00 AM)

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#296553 - 07/05/20 04:13 AM Re: Musical Instruments and Survival Situations? [Re: dougwalkabout]
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It's curious, but since covid took hold there have been something like 7,000 new views on this thread but almost no posts except mine.

So to whoever is stopping by, welcome! I hope you found value here. And please consider pulling up a stump around the fire and telling us your story. We always have more to learn. Maybe you know the words to a song that we've been wrestling with. smile

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#297191 - 10/03/20 02:50 AM Re: Musical Instruments and Survival Situations? [Re: dougwalkabout]
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So, three years ago the electric guitar was declared dead. (Comment: pfft!)

This pandemic-stir-crazy year, Fender is slated to sell more electric guitars than it has in its entire history.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2017/lifestyle/the-slow-secret-death-of-the-electric-guitar/

Guess I should dig out my old electrics out of the archives. It's been a long while since I went back to acoustics, taking all those electric chops with me. But rock and roll never forgets!

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#297192 - 10/03/20 08:41 AM Re: Musical Instruments and Survival Situations? [Re: dougwalkabout]
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Originally Posted By: dougwalkabout
So, three years ago the electric guitar was declared dead. (Comment: pfft!)


That declaration may indeed be premature. The electric guitar found itīs way into different music categories. Sites like Youtube will also help to keep it alive. People are bound to hear Carlos Santana or Jimmy Hendrix and some will think "Wow, I want to do that too".
A retailer just beyond my backyard carries 335 T models, 187 made by Fender. Overall it would be around 2000 different models. They would not do that with a dead instrument.
I own one too. It can be played in several neighborhood friendly modes. Starting with quiet just for myself, using head phones all the way up to sharing with the entire neighborhood using a powerfull amplifier cranked up to the max.


Edited by M_a_x (10/03/20 09:05 AM)
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#297356 - 10/24/20 01:20 AM Re: Musical Instruments and Survival Situations? [Re: dougwalkabout]
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Good point -- electrics can fill the neigbourhood or be a silent practice buddy in a shared room.

In terms of technique, playing electric, amplified, might as well be a light year away from playing acoustic. But I have noticed that guitar players who move back and forth from electric to acoustic are considerably more versatile. An electric is exacting, with every note clearly defined; but with an acoustic, you create your own harmonics as a player, manipulating that magnificent living thing made of wood, and you cannot hide behind volume and signal processing.

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