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Discussion in 'Sidewinders Bar & Grille' started by heltershelton, Dec 5, 2018.

  1. Mansonienne

    Mansonienne Stratocrastinator Extraordinaire Staff Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    ^^^ this
     
  2. Alan Crossley

    Alan Crossley Senior Stratmaster

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    Play it how you hear it. That way, no one can ever accuse you of playing badly. All the correct notes, but not necessarily in the correct order.

    With special thanks to Mr Eric Morcambe
     
  3. amstratnut

    amstratnut Peace thru Music. Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Unless Im having a fantastic night, I rarely like what I improvise more than a nfn solo.

    We are starting to cover Purple Rain. I kinda fool around a bit on it. Prince plays a pretty weird, non standard solo I havent got down yet. Ill feel more comfortable doing that nfn.
     
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  4. nungesser

    nungesser Prolix!Prolix Nothing a pair of scissors can't fix Strat-Talk Supporter

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    it's just me, the only time I've ever tried to learn a cover was for the Euroguestock jam in London last March
     
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  5. AncientAx

    AncientAx Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    I don’t know what it is I do , mostly just a sloppy mess .
     
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  6. Strat Jacket

    Strat Jacket Senior Stratmaster

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    I copy for the most part.
    And for the most part, that's my downfall.
    When I start riffing my own stuff, I generally play better than when trying to get inside another player's head.
    I will never be Rory, Stevie Ray, Eric or Jimi, but I will always be me.
     
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  7. fezz parka

    fezz parka The Return of the Red Helmet Strat-Talk Supporter

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    I'll play a solo note for note if it's essential to the song. Like Proud Mary. Anything else is just wrong. LOL
     
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  8. albala

    albala Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    A lot of the things I play are in tribute to the original and I try to emulate the original

    Other things I play are a combination of the original version and my own parts.

    Then there are some things that I've never played the same way twice
     
  9. Wrighty

    Wrighty Senior Stratmaster

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    Me too, I’ve got a covers band. Mainly older crowd wanting 60s 70s 80s stuff. But they want to hear them as they remember them, fresh and modern. I arrange them to keep the recognizable riffs and hooks but update them. I call them cartoons of the originals. Bit like Tom and Jerry. Everyone recognizes Jerry is a mouse, but he actually looks nothing like a mouse.
     
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  10. Wrighty

    Wrighty Senior Stratmaster

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    Yeah, I always make new mistakes too!
     
  11. mjark

    mjark Senior Stratmaster

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    It depends, most solos don't need to be played exactly as. I when I'm screwing around at home I very rarely play songs unless I want to bring something to the band. However I have been fascinated by The Ocean the last couple of days. The band would love to do it but no one can sing it.
     
  12. jaybones

    jaybones Dr. Stratster Strat-Talk Supporter

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    A little of both, more copying that playing.

    And when I do copy I make it mine.
     
  13. jimyjazz

    jimyjazz Senior Stratmaster

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    Just try to play
     
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