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Sometimes you don't know what you're saying - Eric's House Of Ego
September 23rd, 2010
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Sometimes you don't know what you're saying
It wasn't too long ago that I said, fairly regularly, that I would never play electric guitar again.

We can all see how well that worked for me. I bought a new one this week and it has opened up my playing again. I've been very much in that rabid punk strum thing on the songs I play with Toyboat. There is a certain sound needed there, and I can certainly supply it.

I knew that Cheshire Moon needed a more subtle sound and more intricate playing.

I haven't owned a Strat in years, close to 20, and playing her has just sent me off the edge of the world again. I had forgotten how many voices a Strat can have. I'm running all around the neck and swapping pickups around.

So far she has been in two different tunings, Open D (DADF#AD) and DADGAD. It's amazing how that half step changes the entire feel. I approach each differently. Open D tends to be about big chiming chords and finger picking and DADGAD, well, DADGAD is starting to open up in my mind. I'm starting to improvise again for the first time in probably 6 months.

Right now my gear is upstairs here at work, so on my breaks I go and play. I must remember to not ignore my walking and workout. It's kinda hard at the moment.

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From:(Anonymous)
Date:September 23rd, 2010 02:21 pm (UTC)
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"I must remember to not ignore my walking"

Maybe someone will invent a combination treadmill and pedalboard. :-)
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From:ericcoleman
Date:September 23rd, 2010 02:24 pm (UTC)
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Someone wasn't signed in
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From:phillip2637
Date:September 23rd, 2010 02:27 pm (UTC)
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He was and then, mysteriously, he wasn't. As usual, I blame Schrödinger.
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From:coat_of_brown
Date:September 23rd, 2010 02:39 pm (UTC)
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I blame Q
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From:filkerdave
Date:September 23rd, 2010 02:38 pm (UTC)
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I tend to play an electric more often than an acoustic these days, simply because I can play one in my hotel room without bothering anyone!
From:mike46
Date:September 23rd, 2010 03:58 pm (UTC)
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I should at some point probably seriously work on open tunings. Of course there's alot of things I should work on that go unworked ...

You're always welcome to bust out a solo in Toyboat ... I'm perfectly happy to chug along on rhythm.
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From:ericcoleman
Date:September 23rd, 2010 04:09 pm (UTC)
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Have you heard me solo?
From:mike46
Date:September 23rd, 2010 04:18 pm (UTC)
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Hey, if I can do it, you can do it. Or just take an electric kazoo break ... you and gundo could do an electric kazoo/accordian battle. What could be more metal than that? ;)
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From:gundo
Date:September 23rd, 2010 04:23 pm (UTC)
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Have you *heard* me play accordion?
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From:starseeking
Date:September 23rd, 2010 07:28 pm (UTC)
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Ooh are you playing with them in Ft. Worth?
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From:ericcoleman
Date:September 23rd, 2010 07:36 pm (UTC)
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Huh?
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From:starseeking
Date:September 24th, 2010 03:27 am (UTC)
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*Blink* I'm sorry I have no excuse for this other than the lack of caffiene consumption today. For some reason my rolodex cross referenced Cheshire Moon with a group I know as Coyote Moon.

I apologize for the confusion caused by my short circuting.
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From:exapno
Date:September 24th, 2010 03:22 am (UTC)
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this makes me ridiculously happy :)
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