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Old 07-19-2008, 10:42 AM   #41 (permalink)
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just a little guitar nerd tidbit.

EVH has stated in interviews that he got the two hand tapping idea from seeing jimmy page in concert - he obviously took it to his own ends though. there's also footage of hendrix fooling around in the studio during the recording of electric ladyland where you can clearly see him doing some slow two hand tapping. mostly just hitting the note 12 frets higher on the neck to get a nicer tone.
Those would be artificial harmonics, technically... not really a form of tapping to itself...


They do sound ****in cool though
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Old 07-20-2008, 03:50 AM   #42 (permalink)
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To be honest, I think a lot of 'musicians' are offended by the idea that they can practise for 5 hours a day over 20 years honing their instrumental technique while another person can come along with next to no instrumental skill, write music and be called a musician.

And I laugh at that, because I think songwriting is by far the most important part of being a musician, to the point that instrument skills can be entirely eschewed. And this is coming from someone who plays keyboard and bass.
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Old 07-22-2008, 11:01 AM   #43 (permalink)
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So what would you say to session musicians and music teachers, many of which don't write songs?

You do have a point though, a good song is a good song, no matter how good your technical ability, or how long you've been playing.

My 14 year old son has been playing for two years, and says he wants to "learn to play by playing"
It's very rare he comes to me for technical help or guidence, and some of the stuff he's written is pretty top notch, no ultra fast solos, or complex chords yet, but just solid, well written riffs and hooks.
To say I'm pleased and proud of what he's achieved so far, with very little input from outside sources , is an understatement.
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Old 07-24-2008, 01:23 AM   #44 (permalink)
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i use FL studio, there's over 1000 sounds on there.
how many different instruments does that give me acess to?
it's not like you can just whip up somethin' that sounds good without putting some work into it. programing isn't easy.
i put as much work into a song on FL as someone writing an acoustic guitar song, i just don't have to play it over and over again.

another reason people prog is to add other instruments to their song. i know pleanty of people who play guitar, but can't affor bass or drums. so they put in the drums and bass with the guitar.
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Old 07-24-2008, 04:28 AM   #45 (permalink)
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So what would you say to session musicians and music teachers, many of which don't write songs?

You do have a point though, a good song is a good song, no matter how good your technical ability, or how long you've been playing.
I think it would be presumptuous to call a session musician a poor musician for lack of songwriting, because that's their job and we can't assume they're incapable songwriters just because they aren't necessarily required to write on a daily basis.

Aside from being masters at their respective instruments, I'd say most session musicians are great musicians in other aspects too - such as having a superb ear and sight reading etc.
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Agreed there
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