What party games with guitars are there?
August 12, 2010 12:57 AM Subscribe
I like to take my acoustic guitar to parties. As well as songs and karoke, what else can I do? Examples inside.
posted by Cogentesque to media & arts (11 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
To help you understand what I am after let me tell you that so far I have 2 "games" to play with the acousitc guitar at parties.
1) I call 'Guacamole': I play a little 3 or 4 chord riff on repeat. I ask the best singer in the group to sing an appropriatly melodic "lalala" whenever I wink at her/him (normally her). The next person, must make a rhythmic sound (base drum, "boom boom" or hihat "tsh tsh") or any kind of mouth/beatboxy kind of simple rythm. He does his part once he hears the girl before finish her lala's. Then the third person - perhaps - claps when he hears the girl start her lalas. All the while adding different parts for different people with different "triggers" (whenever I wink at them, or whenever you hear x). This continues until you have a whole 15 track acoustic orchestra: double base, hand claps, DJ decks, maraccas, harmonized mexican "Ole!"s, james brown style "YEAH!"s and everything else you can think of. Important: the funniest/bravest person tends to be given the job of singing a strange phrase "I LOVE Guacamole!" or something similar in the best way they can, at the creschendo always abruptly stop playing guitar, wink at the "guacamole" guy, and then crank it up full volume - hilarity ensues and everyone has a brilliant time.
2) "We can name 40 things that come in jars". again, nice little chord run (django reindhart-esque jazzy stuff) Rhythm: Boom boom Tsch, Boom boom Tsch. Simpley: Go round the circle, everyone must name something that comes in jars: "jam" "pickle" "marmelade" etc until the last person duplicates an item or can't think of one - in which case they are out, and they get to choose the next topic (eg, things that are green, things that make noise, makes of car, types of candy etc)
These are both really good games and are a lot more fun than if they hum along to the chorus of "wonderwall" as they don't really know all the words. But do not get me wrong singing solo, with the group has a fantastic time and place. But noting the above, what else is there to do with a guitar...?