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March 2017



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phil ochs troubador

if i leave here tomorrow, will you still remember me?

It's hard to tell whether Nirvana or the Eagles are a better friend to sucky guitarists everywhere.

*will never get "About a Girl" (1) out of her head ever again*

(1) All both chords.


That's better than my experience with Spiritualized - they really knew their cord, they could play it fast, and they could play it slow.
At the concert, I was pretty sure you could see the colored dots on their instruments.
I'll leave the link off, but my wife theorized that the keyboard player had to be the lead singer's girlfriend... she was playing with one finger.
Wikipedia, my number source for questionable information, confirmed that. It's nice to have confirmation 14 years later.
God bless teh intertubes.
Even the solo for About A Girl can be played with one finger.
Without working very hard.
Me too!
*blink* ... is Hotel California among the songs that you'd consider easy to play, then?
"Already Gone" and "Take it Easy" are blindingly simple.
Ah. Not being a musician myself, it's interesting and new to think of songs by their playability.

"Hotel California isn't that bad, actually, but it has barre chords.
((After a quick side-trip to Wikipedia))

Neat. Thanks for the info; I've blissed out on the sound of the guitar in that piece; it's neat to discover a bit of the technique involved!
Semi-colon: ((iz ded of overuse))
Mswyrr: ((is very sorry))

If you learn "Stairway to Heaven" you can forget about a Christmas present.. Oh, wait.. nevermind.
I already figured out that it's "House of the Rising Sun" with a chord change. *g*
Otoh, the first time I heard the Blind Boys of Alabama doing "Amazing Grace" to the tune of "House of the Rising Sun", I thought it was pure genius.
It is pretty, innit?
News to me.. I shall forget that, as soon as possible..
*g* My own encroaching senility comes in handy more often than you'd expect.
I'm going to vote Nirvana, on the grounds that I can't think of a single one of their songs which requires as many as four chords, and because the Eagles would sometimes get tricky and throw in something like a B-flat minor which completely disrupts the general motions of the whole thing. And, as someone noted above, "Hotel California" is fairly complex.
But I'd rather play Eagles songs. *g*
I think I've actually found another one for you. Bobby Sands' "Back Home in Derry", which is actually the same tune as the Gordon Lightfoot "Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald" but generally played just a little more up-tempo is about as easy a song as you'll ever trip across, and has all of four chords- Am, Em, G and D.

There's probably a great short story in "Back Home in Derry", and if I ever finish playing and scribbling the set I'm working on around some traditional Newfoundland tunes, I might have a go at it.
I can't think of a single one of their songs which requires as many as four chords

Well, technically, most of them do - but as almost all Nirvana chords are power chords, very few use more than three chord shapes. (Actually, and ironically, the only one I can think of offhand that does is About A Girl, at least the way I play it: verse E-G, chorus C#-G#-F#.) Others...hmm. Oh, I guess Rape Me has four chord shapes, but they're the easiest in the world, A-C-G-E-repeat. Where Did You Sleep Last Night, E-A-G-B, but they didn't write it. Pennyroyal Tea, maybe, which I never learned.

Not that I'm a big fan or anything, oh no.
Eh, in my book, root 6 and root 5 barre chords all count the same- anything you just slide around isn't a different chord, it's just the same old chord played farther up the neck. ;-)