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wanghooilis
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# Posted: 20 Mar 2004 01:55


my friend is startin a new band. i want to get a guitar. any suggestions? does anyone here play?


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Josh
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# Posted: 20 Mar 2004 02:22


Well for starters, have you even played before? If not start yourself with a fairly cheap guitar, like a Squire Strat, they still sound good but won't break your wallet as much.


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# Posted: 20 Mar 2004 05:28 · Edited by: Josh


By the way, you can check out a list of all the music equipment I use on my website http://joshmilliken.tripod.com/amazinglyricist/id20.html I don't use anything too too expensive.


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Lint
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# Posted: 20 Mar 2004 19:32


i play but only do it if your gonna stay man don't go buy one and not play it or else it will be a waste of money (i'm also in a band)


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# Posted: 20 Mar 2004 19:43


Get a Les Paul! I have one, and nothing beats it. It's like butter. I play through a vintage Fended bass amp, and it blows away newfangled amps.


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wanghooilis
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# Posted: 20 Mar 2004 21:17


wut do u think our name should b??


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Devin Edmonds
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# Posted: 21 Mar 2004 00:15 · Edited by: Devin Edmonds


Ahhh...guitar talk. Yes, the cheaper the better. Everyone has their own preference so your best bet is to get over to your local guitar shop and try out every type there is. The cheaper Ibanez guitars are a bargin, you might want to look into those. My band is about to release our second cd this month, it's a lot of fun. Our website is www.swiftkick.tk, the mp3's were recorded a month after we formed and don't represent what we sound like now.

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wanghooilis
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# Posted: 21 Mar 2004 01:22


Thanx Devin! umm... Do u know how to make web site for free??? We want to make ourselves a webpage... but we're not sure how! So if u or anyone have any advice, please let me know! Thanx!


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lostriver
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# Posted: 21 Mar 2004 04:05


Carmen--Get your folks a set of good ear plugs first!! The type of guitar you get depends a lot upon what kind of music you want to play. You can learn on a cheap guitar, but other than an acoustic, or classical, you will also need amps, as you probably already know. Our kids started out with inexpensive electric guitars, one bass and one lead guitar type. They've expanded from there, gradually. Linnet is also playng some classical guitar now, on her own. Ariel is an accomplished pianist, so they have had some basic music instruction since they could reach the keys. But our music wasn't what they were interested in. We let them do their own thing, and it's been fun. We do need our ear plugs, however. They are sometimes more loud than good. But they are having a great time, and as long as the house is rocking and the plants are committing suicide by leaping off their stands, we know they aren't somewhere else getting into trouble, and the other two kids in their band, one on drums and the other on a keyboard, are also not out doing things they might think of otherwise. Recently, they've mellowed out a bit, getting interested in "Blues." They've been writing their own songs also, not about anything they actually have experienced themselves or know about, but just copying their favorite rock stars who have overdosed on drugs and profound depression, or have been murdered. They've never lived in a ghetto or been abused, but I suppose this is a way of relating to other people with problems they have never had, so we've never pointed this out to them. Ariel stopped me from censoring their song about "My Dad took me to the Zoo and left me in the Gutter." I was ready to roar upstairs take them to the nearest zoo and leave them in the lion cage. Ariel just told me to put my earplugs back in instead of spying on the kids, and get back to reading my frog books.

Carmen, have fun with your band. Work up to the Les Paul that Ginevieve suggested, (they cost a lot)and even the best guitars can be no better than the musician who plays them, so start with the inexpensive, then gradually deserve and appreciate the bettter instruments.


Lee
wanghooilis
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# Posted: 21 Mar 2004 04:58


WOW!!! Thanx Lee!


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Josh
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# Posted: 21 Mar 2004 06:01


He's right about the waiting for a Les Paul, I started on a Squier Strat and now I want a Les Paul, but with all the wear and tear on learning to play you will want a cheaper guitar, and it's also better to go cheaper initially just in case you decide you don't wanna play it. It kind of upsets me when I see a guitar sitting around just being a dust magnet, so if you get it play it.


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lostriver
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# Posted: 22 Mar 2004 05:01 · Edited by: lostriver


There are nights I would welcome them becoming dust magnets. The band is getting better, but are still more loud than good. It takes time, I suppose. Ariel is now instructing the drummer that he is basically for rhythm and not the constant solo performer he would like to be, which overwhelms the music rather than supporting it. She's doing some jazz instructions for them, which is about playing together for an effect, not as individual egoists, but listening to each other and knowing when to come in strong or mute it and support. The drummer can have his solos, but not all the time. It's getting better. They need someone to sing who can carry a tune, however. Except for the dummer, who is black, but declines to sing, (although he has the best voice) the rest of them try to emulate black singers, only off key. I know this sounds racist, which I am not, being a rather dark person myself, but there is just something lacking when a bleached out Norweigian tries to emulate gospel type soul/jazz/rock off key by simply screaming it as if he were acting out a pretender-like orgasm over woes he's never had, and knows nothing about. Music should always be honest, however discordanant and wild it can get.

Everyone should let the person who can do their own thing the best, do it, when it is their time, shut up or tone down and support them, like the older jazz musicians did so well, even jamming off hours ad-lib. I think what annoys me the most about a lot of rock and heavy metal, (not all of it, because some is very good), is that it often sounds like a competition where everyone is making as much noise as possible on their own terms against each other, without any concept or cooperation about what they are doing together. Some are simply not accomplished musicians, and a lot of the public has a tin ear, so the bands get by with their lack of musicianship by other means, such as staging and dramatics. Biting chicken's head's off or peeing on the front row devotees, and other even more gross excretions upon their paying customers, many of whom are too often stupid enough to think this is art, or stoned enough to be amused and awed by just about anything.

Garage bands are refreshing and fun. Take it as such, but don't expect instant fame and fortune-- just have fun and learn as much as possible about playing together. You'll have a ball, as long as your folks have ear plugs. Go do it, Carmen.


Lee
x5dmr
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# Posted: 30 Mar 2004 05:54


Get a guitar like the one amazinglyricist suggests, and gut plug in some head phones to the amp if things get too loud for people to handle. but yeha i got to paly on a 1970 somehting (79 i think, not real sure exactly, it was my frinds dad's) and it was super nice. i've got an epiphone SG special (like $180) it's nice and does the job till i get out of college.

mve
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# Posted: 31 Mar 2004 03:19


i play guitar. i started on a squier strat. they are good for starting. But guitars become an addiction and I am sitting on 13 guitars now. be warned.


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lostriver
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# Posted: 1 Apr 2004 04:04


Our kids just played on one of the radio stations that had some sort of Monstermash type contest. They were one of the four bands chosen, so were pretty thrilled about this. They're pretty young, 14 and 15--I think their drummer is 16 now. I just hope it doesn't give them "Rock Star" aspirations, because they have so many other things to do with their lives, or so we think.


Lee
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