I just called Jeff and asked him if we could postpone the jam/audition. I’ve felt like one of Saphiri’s diseased targets today. The natural assumption, were it not 2pm, might be that I had a hangover from the party last night, but I passed the hangover line of embarkation around 10:00 this morning. This is… Continue reading Ye Shall Not Spew
I’ve been thinking this morning about my general impressions about learning new songs on guitar. This might be hard for non-musicians to understand, but it’s a pretty big conceptual step to go from playing bass to playing guitar. Whatever you may have heard, playing bass is not like playing lead all throughout a song. Bass… Continue reading Observations About Guitar
I’ve been working on songs today, trying to get up to speed well enough to fool everyone into thinking I can hack it as a lead guitar player. Actually, I probably shouldn’t say that. I’m milking the “aw, shucks” sentiment a bit much, I guess. I know what I’m bringing to the table. Maybe I’m… Continue reading What Can I Bring You But Pain?
I just finished a sandwich, figuring if I ate something (else) and maybe took some (more) Goody’s powders, I might finally get rid of this annoying headache that’s been tormenting me since I got up this morning. I’ve been writing some, but the headache was distracting me. Of course, at the moment, hearing Bruce Willis… Continue reading Taking On Clapton
I had thought about buying a 12-string for some time before finding this guitar. I’d thought mostly about buying an electric, though, because I had several songs that I’d used the 12-string neck of my old Aria double-neck guitar on. While I had found 12-string acoustics that I liked, none really suited me.
Prior to buying this guitar, I never really had any intention of buying an acoustic guitar. While I had toyed around with the idea, and thought it’d be nice to have one, I never really thought seriously about buying one. One fine day I wandered into the acoustic guitar section.
Different people call this instrument by various names. I’ve heard it called a Hawaiian guitar. Lap steel guitar. Country guitar. Call it what you will. Now, as for what you can play on them, well, that’s another story. They’re not exactly rock and roll instruments. You’ll hear higher-end versions on popular country songs.
Here’s a beat up old road whore for ya. This guitar originally belonged to my cousin, Chris Short, who was, I believe, the second owner. He played it for years back in the early 1980′s in a North Carolina band called Roller (I was their Light-man).
The gods intended for me to own this guitar. I’d never shown much interest in Stratocasters. At least not in regard to buying one. I liked their sound, but I didn’t like the way they played. The neck was too fat, or too rounded, or too something. I don’t really know.