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Dom Franco


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Post  Posted 9 Mar 2019 12:18 pm    
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Thanks for the kind words Bill.
Although I do alright on my 13string A6th tuning.
It's those little clams (mistakes) that drive me nuts.
For example:
1. Picking the wrong string on a lick that I've played a thousand times!

2. Harmonizing the melody with a minor 3rd against a major chord (or vice-versa)

3. Sliding up an octave and landing a tad bit sharp (OUCH)
-ending a bit flat is no problem since you can easily raise it up to perfect pitch and it almost sounds like you intended it!

4. Worst of all for me is playing a song I haven't played for a few months and getting lost, (Missing Chord Changes) forgetting licks and melodies that I had down "perfectly" before and I didn't think I needed to ever practice again!
Whoa! Whoa!
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Bill McCloskey


Post  Posted 9 Mar 2019 12:35 pm    
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"Worst of all for me is playing a song I haven't played for a few months and getting lost"

What about keeping the music on an ipad on a music stand?
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Dom Franco


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Beaverton, OR, 97007
Post  Posted 9 Mar 2019 3:04 pm    
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I perform about 6 times a week.
I play my steel and sing live to my own trax without any music or lyrics. I have 577 background trax that I have "memorized" the words and chords to.

Some songs I rarely play, and some only by request. So it is usually on one of those tunes that I get lost.

So for me I would rather just not perform those songs until I have rehearsed them and refreshed my memory.

SO MANY GREAT TUNES and SO LITTLE TIME TO PLAY THEM!
Embarassed
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Rich Sullivan


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Post  Posted 9 Mar 2019 4:46 pm    
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"Sliding up an octave and landing a tad bit sharp (OUCH)"

Dom, I received some priceless advice from Maurice Anderson years ago, pertaining to making big jumps up or down the neck. Practice leading the movement with your eyes. In other words, look at the destination before you make the move. With a little practice, it becomes second nature and greatly increases your accuracy.
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