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Bedbug
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Posted - 03/15/2017 :  11:23:52  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Didn't see this topic anywhere else on the forum, only saw a good discussion on good fbf songs for beginners.

Anyway, for me it was Strange Goodbye. I had just picked up the guitar a few months before, the chords seemed easy, and I was listening to a lot of Honeycomb at the time because it was resonating on some personal levels.

Anybody else remember their first time playing an fbf song?

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Posted - 03/15/2017 :  19:06:57  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Interesting question.

I think it was The Holiday Song or Where Is My Mind? Maybe Cactus. They're fairly easy, especially Cactus. Learned from the generosity of the guys who tabbed 'em on here. Thanks!

Learned Subbacultcha last summer. Meant to learn Freedom Rock but never got past the riff. I can play Bullet and Robert Onion if I have the music in front of me, didn't play them enough to memorize 'em.

If you really want to advance in guitar learn a Rush song. Worked for me. Can play most of YYZ, La Villa Strangiato and 2112. Not like the band but enough to be recognizable.

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Posted - 03/16/2017 :  07:31:07  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
The why part...at the time I wanted to learn as many songs as possible and gravitated towards the easiest ones I liked.
What else can you play Mr. Bug?
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Bedbug
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Posted - 03/16/2017 :  09:46:56  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
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Originally posted by Arm Arm Arm

The why part...at the time I wanted to learn as many songs as possible and gravitated towards the easiest ones I liked.
What else can you play Mr. Bug?



Thanks for your response Arm Arm Arm.

I'm strictly an acoustic guy (I have a cheap electric also but barely know what to do with it), so I mainly play simple open chord strumming type of stuff, which thankfully fbf has a lot of.

There are plenty of his songs I dream of playing but just don't have the inherent skill nor the time to give to practice in order to be able to do so.

I probably should practice more or take some classes to get better.

Others of his I really like to play are Announcement, Don't Get Me Wrong, Out of State, Bad News, Dancing the Manta Ray, and I'm sure many more that I can't think of right now. I think after I learned Strange Goodbye I tried Los Angeles and some others from that album but couldn't get them to sound great.
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Bedbug
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Posted - 03/16/2017 :  10:23:17  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Also I found the tabs to O Little Cloud somewhere and that's a very cool song to play. I can't remember if it was here on the forum.
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Arm Arm Arm
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Posted - 03/16/2017 :  11:07:48  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I meant to say I started learning Freedom Rock but never bothered getting past the riff; I probably will at some point. That's a nice list of songs. I usually play 'em on acoustic, just changing where you hold the pick with your fingers, moving them closer to the tip and the strings creates a nice muted sound when strumming.

I don't know if it's feasible (I try not to play my guitar late at night) for you but if you can without annoying anyone, just practice while watching tv or a movie. It's a good way to learn a new riff, scale, song etc. Get the pattern down so you don't have to focus on it and watch tv, your mind focuses on the movie while your hands just go over the same pattern. Just a thought.

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Bedbug
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Posted - 03/17/2017 :  02:42:26  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Arm Arm Arm

I meant to say I started learning Freedom Rock but never bothered getting past the riff; I probably will at some point. That's a nice list of songs. I usually play 'em on acoustic, just changing where you hold the pick with your fingers, moving them closer to the tip and the strings creates a nice muted sound when strumming.

I don't know if it's feasible (I try not to play my guitar late at night) for you but if you can without annoying anyone, just practice while watching tv or a movie. It's a good way to learn a new riff, scale, song etc. Get the pattern down so you don't have to focus on it and watch tv, your mind focuses on the movie while your hands just go over the same pattern. Just a thought.

cheers



Thanks for the good tips. I didn't realize that re: guitar picks. I'll have to try that.
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Arm Arm Arm
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Posted - 03/17/2017 :  07:02:43  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
It's one of those things I do without thinking, maybe the tips of my fingers are muting the string the same time as I pick. Then I'll slide my fingers back up to return to that fuller sound.

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Posted - 03/18/2017 :  09:23:57  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
From FB: Thallasocracy. Easy and sounds great.

From BF/Pixies: Trompe le Monde. Same reason probably.


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Arm Arm Arm
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Posted - 03/19/2017 :  14:18:31  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Subbacultcha is really easy and fun to play, too.
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Posted - 03/20/2017 :  08:49:11  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Subbacultcha rocks. I remember the last verse is the most challening. E. E. E. E. E.

Do you record your performances ?

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danjersey
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Posted - 03/22/2017 :  22:17:30  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Valentine and Garuda "I don't know where to begin" coincidentally
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Arm Arm Arm
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Posted - 03/23/2017 :  08:03:26  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
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Originally posted by picpic

Subbacultcha rocks. I remember the last verse is the most challening. E. E. E. E. E.

Do you record your performances ?

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Yeah, that ending is quite tricky, I have to write it out. E E E (hold on...) D...no fuck! E. etc.

I've recorded jam sessions with my friends where we get together and play covers and improvs for the fun of it, but it's nothing I'd inflict on the forum, I like this place.

Let me dust off this soapbox, there we go:

I believe that in times of olde more people knew how to play an instrument and were fond of getting together and just playing and singing music. I think people would be happier if they did know how to play an instrument, once you get past the beginner phase and can actually play something that sounds like something, well...it's a heck of a lot of fun. Eat dinner, walk over to your neighbors, sit around and play some music instead of watching tv.

Great stress reliever too.

Let alone playing with friends, that's super fun.

And that must be one heck of a high to be on stage having crowds cheer for your music and singing your lyrics.

Anyway, I usually aim for as close an approximation of a song to be recognizable, generally. I can make my way through Van Halen's Ain't Talkin' Bout Love but mainly the riff and the chords, not the soloing.

Learning some Rush songs was quite the confidence booster as their music seemed too complex, but when broken down, things like (most of) YYZ and La Villa Strangiato aren't that complex after all. Thank God for the people who share their how-to's on youtube.

But not the solos.

I still mean to learn some Joe Satriani as that's at another level of complexity.

There's nothing like being out in the park on a bench, in the summer, playing music with friends. Loud enough if people want to come by and listen they can, but not overpowering others good time in the sun.

cheers




Edited by - Arm Arm Arm on 03/23/2017 08:04:46
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Posted - 03/24/2017 :  01:48:22  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Learning lead/solo play with Joey parts is a good place to start I guess. Easy to learn, immediately satisfying, mistakes allowed !

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Arm Arm Arm
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Posted - 03/24/2017 :  12:13:20  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Yeah, thanks. Joeys' solos are a good place to start. I'm not interested in replicating Rush or Van Halen solo, though typing it out now maybe I should for the challenge.

Anyway, I love the crazy Vamos solo from Surfer, (I know it was chopped up...) but perhaps his most potent and powerful one is from Hey. It's perfect in its length and melody and fits the subject of the song perfectly.

Another solo that does that for a completely different song is Mike Campbell's from Running Down A Dream. It's emotional and fast moving.

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Gramoul Zlu
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Posted - 03/24/2017 :  15:33:39  Show Profile  Visit Gramoul Zlu's Homepage  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Bedbug

Didn't see this topic anywhere else on the forum, only saw a good discussion on good fbf songs for beginners.

Anyway, for me it was Strange Goodbye. I had just picked up the guitar a few months before, the chords seemed easy, and I was listening to a lot of Honeycomb at the time because it was resonating on some personal levels.

Anybody else remember their first time playing an fbf song?



I might have a strange story to share about all this.

7 years and a half ago, following a friendly challenge proposed to me, I entered an evening where I was supposed to give a private solo acoustic guitar show on some friends house... while I didn't know how to play at all in the first place. This ended up in an extreme performance of me alternating overly loud screamings with completely lame note by note lines on the lowest string of the guitar with small themes on toy keyboards. Quite particular of course, but people were happy still at the end (I had never done such a thing and wasn't known for anything close to that so it happened to be kind of a revelation for everybody). I then became that outsider guy mixing very raw rock - punk music feels like Bach, compared to what I was doing - and childish tunes on cheap instruments.

Fast forward some months after this personal event, I had decided to try at least to be able to play the equivalent of a very simple bass line while singing(trying to be a bit better at that too), still on the lowest string of the guitar and ended up creating very minimalistic songs this way, with the inclusion of a constant five semi-tones higher note on the string after the lowest... and with the exception of some very occasional tricks, this was the end of my musical knowledge but I kept on practicing just for the fun and challenge of it.

Never had the tranquillity enough to learn how to play the guitar, and never was too interested by how to play a more conventional way either to be honest, even though I remained pretty realistic about how lame what I was doing was... Didn't care, just enjoyed the magic of some ridiculous little something emerged from what seemed really nowhere at all, and keeping on adding stuff to my very personal version of a semi-outsider, half-karaoke repertoire.

Anyway, the first cover song I did was actually Cactus, found a convenient personal arrangement completely by accident, previously that was a song I'd love to sing and was less difficult than others, on top of that it seemed to fit the persona I had developed "on stages"(did some various shows based on the same formula for a while after my first terrifying breakthrough). And thus I played it, then other ones and it was great fun.

I never cared too much about my musical output's quality as the experience was so rewarding. I agree with lots of stuff Arm Arm Arm's been saying all in all, even though not being your typical musician.

It helped me to have a brand new perspective on Frank's work, to enjoy a new form of creative stuff and even sometimes, expression / a way of letting off steam. Plus progressing in understanding things a bit, I even made some collaborations with actual real regular musicians which also were great experiences on their own so I would be a fool not to have entered this path, or to have and now regret it, even if this was all in all a pretty weird way to start I'll admit.

So I don't fit in musicians conversations but am to this day still glad I tried a long time ago and keep on doing it currently ;0

Edited by - Gramoul Zlu on 03/24/2017 15:58:37
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