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My First Real Guitar Lesson

PostPosted: Fri Jun 13, 2003 3:39 pm
by chick french
Back in about 1975, <now I'm giving my age away> when I thought I was a Hot Shot guitar player. I met a guy who was a pedal steel player. He was wanting to experiment in playing some steel on some Rock and Blues stuff. Okey so we got together at his house and started foolin around on some stuff, when in walks this old guy with dirt and grease all over, smelling like diesel fuel. Now I'm thinking, who is this bum? So he picks up a guitar and says "You boys mind if I do one" Sure bring it on, I'll put some of my Leslie West licks on him! So I say, "Alright what you gonna Play" Sonny "The Bum" says "Just hit me ah Eb son" An Eb, what kinda crap is this I thought. Man E & A are guitar chords. So I made an Eb in the only position I knew to make one and he kicks it off. Bob Wills tune titled Right or Wrong. Well I just kinda sat there with my jaw on my knee. I couldn't believe it. All this time I thought I was a Hot Shot and suddenly it dawns on me I dont know $hit from shinola. About that time I heard him say "Pick One Son" Needless to say I played about every note there was except anything in an Eb. I learned a valuable lesson that day and all thanks to my friends father Mr.Sonny Parker.

The moral of my story is dont go thinking there's only one kinda music. I know players that think if it aint jazz or blues or whatever it aint hittin on nuthing. People refer to country or bluegrass as hillbilly. Dont fool yourself. Go to any bluegrass festival and it wont take but just a minute for someone pickin in the parkin area to make you seriously consider another profession. I had a friend of mine you recently sent me some music by Ernest Tubbs band The Texas Troubadours" yes Ernest Tubb ,featuring the great Buddy Emmons on steel and the awesome Leon Rhodes on guitar. Well for anyone who thinks these guys are some no playing hillbillies. Boy you better set down cause you'll be in for the shock of your life. These cats are blowin some lightenin fast harmony licks that I will never be able to hum. Someone told me once if you can hum it you can play it.


RE: My First Real Guitar Lesson

PostPosted: Sun Jun 15, 2003 12:00 am
by david
You hit a bunch of nails square on their heads.

I know several older slow talkin' players around here that do nothing but country, which I have a hard time with. They have invited me to come play with them, and I plan to as soon as I think I know enough to not be run out.

I don't plan on waiting too long. There is an stoop backed guy around here that plays squareneck dobro. He has a Dobro brand Dobro so old it must be one of the first ones. The guy is in his 80's and he told me he got it when he was a kid (from his perspective, that covers lots of territory).

He does country and a little bluegrass, as long as its not that "new stuff." He never played professionally, but I have seen him sit in with guys that make their living playing country music. These sessions mainly happen in garages and at reunions. I have seen the professionals stop playing and watch with their mouths open when he plays.

I have listened to him play and talked with him many times, but I have never had the nerve to bring my round neck Dean anywhere near him. I mentioned blues to him once and he looked at me like I had just farted.

The real ones are still out there, but we have all been conditioned not to recognize them.


RE: My First Real Guitar Lesson

PostPosted: Sun Jun 15, 2003 5:18 pm
by ricochet
Yeah, it's funny that most of the bluegrass fans are that way about blues, since Bill Monroe told his guitar player back in the early '60s that bluegrass originated from blues, mountain gospel and Scottish fiddle music. (Heard the guitar player relate that story on the radio last year.)

Bill Monroe, BTW, never thought it was appropriate to play bluegrass on a Dobro.