What is "grease"

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What is "grease"

Postby Clifford D » Fri Jan 11, 2013 3:18 pm

You play blues, you put a little grease on your playing.
What does that mean to you?

Whatever we all say it is I'm sure we all agree it's a blues thing.

So bluesman what it iz?

"Ain't no thang" is not a sufficient answer, lol
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Re: What is "grease"

Postby jeffl » Fri Jan 11, 2013 6:51 pm

I've never heard that term used in the midwest U.S., but my guess is that it's something that if you're not doing it, then you ain't really playin' the blues anyway. In general, I'd say that the further you go back with the blues guys, the more grease you'll find... like Robert Johnson, the Kings,for guitar, and the Sonny Boys, etc., for harp.
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Re: What is "grease"

Postby Lo-Fi » Sun Jan 13, 2013 7:48 pm

Eating a bucket of fried chicken or buttered popcorn before you play? I swear we once were thinking of naming a band The Greasy Frets.
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Re: What is "grease"

Postby kiwiblues » Sun Jan 13, 2013 10:59 pm

Never heard that term before, then again I'm a bit isolated down here is the South Pacific.
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Re: What is "grease"

Postby panhead201 » Mon Jan 14, 2013 12:54 am

It's the reason I buy black T-shirts.I've never heard it related to guitar.I think they make Nut Lube.I think it makes your strings happy.That's for when you got $20 you really gotta get rid of....
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Re: What is "grease"

Postby tinsmith » Mon Jan 14, 2013 2:10 am

I dunno about that....some songs, very few, I've heard from the Black Keyes/Dan Aurbach I refer to as greasy..
I guess to me me it means, it so loaded with sex you can taste it.....
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Re: What is "grease"

Postby panhead201 » Mon Jan 14, 2013 3:02 am

I get the idea,I've lived on both coasts and now I'm in the middle and I have honestly never heard it referred to guitar playing.I'm sitting here running 70 or 80 years of recorded music through my head and I just can't associate the word with a sound.It's like tone.Look at the guitar and amp ads from the 60,s and 70,s.It wasn't a big factor.Now it's the first thing they mention.I do better with Smokey.Billie Holiday,Charlie Parker,some Sinatra ballads.A lot of stuff comes to mind...It's just a matter of when you came up through the ranks.People weren't in the habit of communicating with total strangers and having to be descriptive.I'm trying to learn.Old habits die hard..l
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Re: What is "grease"

Postby Jakeblues » Mon Jan 14, 2013 5:30 am

I've only heard the term a few times. (I've bought parts from a Canadian vendor "Greasy groove". I've heard it a couple of times where the context led me to believe it meant a fat, overdriven tone. Beyond tat, no idea.
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Re: What is "grease"

Postby panhead201 » Mon Jan 14, 2013 9:47 pm

Don't know why this thing is double posting....Sor ry
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Re: What is "grease"

Postby Jakeblues » Mon Jan 14, 2013 11:24 pm

panhead201 wrote:Works for me.I like that name,Greasy Groove.It'd be a good name for a burger joint.


Makes a great product. Very good service. Thinline guard w/standard sized humbucker cut outs:

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Re: What is "grease"

Postby tinsmith » Tue Jan 15, 2013 12:08 am

Kinda like slinky pole dance music....never heard that huh.....maybe it's a New England thing.....
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Re: What is "grease"

Postby Jakeblues » Tue Jan 15, 2013 3:28 am

I can't say I hear it much around here. Greasy Groove is in the "great white North", although in the Maritimes, so close Canadian cousins.
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Re: What is "grease"

Postby panhead201 » Tue Jan 15, 2013 3:51 am

The pick guard looks pretty cool.NICE guitar!! I think clifford d is from Cali.Maybe started in New England.The only song that came to mind was "Love that dirty water" the Standells Oh wo Boston you're my home
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Re: What is "grease"

Postby Jakeblues » Wed Jan 16, 2013 5:43 pm

Funny thing about the Standells: They're not from Boston. I always thought they took their name from their amps, but that might just be urban legend. (Perhaps along with he song being inspired by the Lead Singer and his girlfriend getting mugged on the Charles River Esplanade: "That's where you'll find me, along with lovers, muggers and thieves" ).

Sorry for the hijack. We were talking about grease. :D
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