Calling all guitar players: Looking for popular songs that can easily be played and sung by a single person with an acoustic guitar without losing too much. Basically, the kind of songs you can put in a set list where people's reactions are to immediately say, "Hey, I really like that song," followed immediately by "and hey, that sounds pretty close to the original too!"
Also, very important: Any song should be playable by a *mediocre
* guitar player. [more inside]
posted by kingjoeshmoe
on Mar 11, 2011 -
What is this musical technique / style (?) called? Consists of a simple pattern that becomes more complex as the song progresses till it reaches full maturity. [more inside]
posted by Upal
on Mar 7, 2011 -
I'm travelling to Hawaii this summer and want to spend a couple of days learning ukulele, steel guitar or slack-key guitar in the traditional Hawaiian style. I have some music background so I'm looking for more than just a tourist novelty class. Any suggestions from local experts? [more inside]
posted by ChristopherS
on Mar 7, 2011 -
Emmylou Harris ordinarily uses a Gibson acoustic guitar, but on some songs (notably The Pearl) she uses a crazy guitar with its lowest string lifted off the fretboard as a drone. Who makes it?
Here is a (mesmerizing) video of her playing The Pearl
And here is a photo of her playing it.
(The pic shows the luthier's mark on the headstock, but I do not recognize it).
posted by capnsue
on Mar 6, 2011 -
Guitarfilter: I am looking to find the best DI (Direct Injection) box for my needs. The most important things to me are: 1.) Active not Passive 2.) Has two outputs, one to USB for PC recording and one (as bypass or as wet) standard 1/4" to feed to amp 3.) Low latency. [more inside]
posted by kjl291
on Mar 3, 2011 -
I would like to learn to play the guitar. I think I would like to start with an acoustic. I have a small (7.5") finger span and slightly damaged left hand. [more inside]
posted by theefixedstars
on Jan 26, 2011 -
Name that song: from This American Life 149
, about 29 minutes in. It sounds like an electric guitar cover of The Beach Boys' "In My Room", but it has no vocals, and doesn't sound like the cover by Grant Lee Buffalo.
posted by l33tpolicywonk
on Jan 24, 2011 -
As an adult, I'm finally trying to explore my musical side. I'm leaning towards electric guitar and/ or piano. Lots of special details and questions inside! [more inside]
posted by GastrocNemesis
on Jan 21, 2011 -
My son wants to learn guitar; I know how to play, but I'm a righty- he's a lefty. I'm looking for advice on how to proceed. [more inside]
posted by jenkinsEar
on Jan 12, 2011 -
What's the Takamine guitar that Marshall Chapman is playing here
, and where can I buy one?
posted by partner
on Jan 9, 2011 -
I've been learning to play metal guitar for the last couple months, and my guitar teacher asked me to bring some tabs with (preferably relatively easy) lead parts in A minor pentatonic scale. Any recommendations? [more inside]
posted by vorfeed
on Dec 16, 2010 -
What are some of the best resources on the electric guitar? Any medium is welcome: books, videos, articles, etc. Money is not an issue; if there's a really good reference that costs thousands of dollars, I'd like to know about it. Collectively, I'd like these resources to cover everything a professional electric guitarist would need to know, from technique (basic and advanced) to related tech (amps, effects units, etc.) to guitar maintenance. Thank you!
posted by archagon
on Dec 12, 2010 -
I finally figured out the perfect gift to get the boyfriend but am having trouble finding what I want. Help me navigate the world of diy audio kits with respect to guitar amps! [more inside]
posted by joydivasian
on Dec 10, 2010 -
Looking for recommendations for a guitar teacher in the Fairlawn, Ohio area. Older beginner student, interested in electric blues.
posted by Lone_Wolf
on Dec 7, 2010 -
Help me identify this vintage electric guitar I found. There are no discernable markings of any kind, save what appears to be a serial stamped inside the control cavity. [more inside]
posted by SamuelF
on Dec 7, 2010 -
I recently saw the Music Tapes perform, and the lead guy played his banjo almost entirely with a violin bow. I ordered this
cheap (but new) bow yesterday. Anybody have any tips/experience playing the electric or classical guitar or banjo with a bow? [more inside]
posted by Corduroy
on Nov 29, 2010 -
Guitar/Music filter: what handy tools can you recommend to remind you of the songs you can play, for those occasions when you're asked to perform out of the blue and your mind goes blank. [more inside]
posted by HopStopDon'tShop
on Nov 24, 2010 -
My son (8) wants to be Les Claypool. While I can't fault his source of inspiration, I'm not sure starting on the bass is the right way to go--and if it isn't, where do we start? [more inside]
posted by elfgirl
on Nov 23, 2010 -
Learning to play acoustic guitar: Should I wean myself off looking at the strings/fretboard while practising chords, or will this naturally come later? [more inside]
posted by cranberrymonger
on Nov 15, 2010 -
Help me think of creative-but-cheap-and-easy-to-work-with materials I can use to make a pickguard for my new, cheap, Strat-like guitar. Challenge: I have virtually no access to specialized tools much beyond an X-Acto knife/utility knife, drill, and file. [more inside]
posted by dilettanti
on Nov 4, 2010 -
Help me diagnose my (probably user-induced) intermittently crackling tube guitar amp! [more inside]
posted by unSane
on Oct 24, 2010 -
I"m about to paint a electric guitar body. It's completely stripped of hardware and paint, and has been sanded. I'm going to use acrylics or enamels. Should I put down a primer before starting on the colors? Or something else to seal the raw wood ,like a clear varnish? If so, what kind of primer would be good for wood? I know that I"ll need to do a few layers of varnish/lacquer after the paints have dried , but I'm wondering about the undercoating primer.
And if someone has a recommendation for paints, please tell me. I'm painting a multiple color "scene" not just a flat overall body color. Thanks.
posted by Liquidwolf
on Oct 11, 2010 -
When I try to tune a stringed instrument (guitar, uke, autoharp), the B string always sounds off to me, no matter what I do. Why? [more inside]
posted by Beardman
on Oct 8, 2010 -
Where can I find the pedal steel guitar player's prayer, an humorous, obscure poem only relevant to pedal steel guitarists? I am sure I've seen it on the web somewhere at some point in the not-too-distant past, but my google-fu has failed me.
posted by wsg
on Oct 5, 2010 -
will my ps2 usb rock band guitar and drums work on 360 rock band?
posted by lrodman
on Sep 27, 2010 -
Which beginner bass should I buy, the Ibanez GSR200 or Peavey Milestone III? [more inside]
posted by domnit
on Sep 16, 2010 -
My Guitar Hero drum's kick pedal is dead. I looked online but there are a lot
of options and mixed reviews for most of what I found.
What's the best mix of frugality and "not going to die on me"-ality that I can find? I'm not opposed to buying an entire new set if that makes more sense.
posted by theichibun
on Aug 28, 2010 -
Guitarfilter - my son has a 3/4 scale acoustic steel-string guitar, and he wants some new strings. I'm a bit of a guitarist myself, so I know how to change them no problem, but before bebopping down to the local guitar shop, I'm curious - what gauge strings are best? [more inside]
posted by randomkeystrike
on Aug 28, 2010 -
I have been thinking about getting a tonerite for guitar
. I have no doubt that they work, but don't really wanna spend $150.00. I am trying to think of a less expensive, but suitable substitute that will vibrate the instrument in the same way. I am thinking an aquarium aerator with its tiny motor may fit the bill. Tell me how wrong I am and why. Any other ideas for a sub for the tonerite?
posted by wsg
on Aug 21, 2010 -
Can anyone recommend a guitar shop in central London that does simple set-ups and electrical overhauls? [more inside]
posted by jonathanbell
on Aug 17, 2010 -
I like to take my acoustic guitar to parties. As well as songs and karoke, what else can I do? Examples inside. [more inside]
posted by Cogentesque
on Aug 12, 2010 -