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Nice choices, Syne ^^
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Leo Kottke - Airproofing (tablature)

The second old video could have a tad better audio quality, but has an opening ad supporting it (at this time). Nix that, the sound of the first is better. Not sure what the source of the "two" distinction is.  

Hard to believe this is in standard tuning (according to the tab, anyway). Though a little less rare with Kottke than it would have been with a super-experimental mutant guitarist like Michael Hedges. Apparently Kottke did shift more to using ST and minimal stuff like Dropped-D later in career, though often tuned down far below normal (just maintaining the EADGBE relational template). It's a given that a 12-string would be tuned down regardless, as he wouldn't be using twangy light-gauge strings to prevent damage. (A 12-string could probably be built like a tank to handle the tension of heavy gauge if tuned to legit standard, but the even more added bracing would stifle the vibration, excepting any novel innovations.)


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MKSSN_KfJ60


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gJthGsBB5YQ
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(Jun 8, 2019 07:21 PM)C C Wrote: At least something positive from the series, after that freaking final season. This has a  "wait for it" tame beginning...

"Game Of Thrones Theme" - solo guitar by Sungha Jung ... Guitar Tab: Standard Tuning, Capo 3rd fret

I never watched Game of Thrones. I was starting to feel like an outsider but now everyone is telling me to not waste my time.

I love the guitar. I remember wegs saying that she plays the piano. Do you play anything, C C?

Most of my family plays something or another. I just got our annual family reunion invite. It always includes bringing a dish, and your favorite instrument, but I didn’t inherit that gene. Sad

My uncle said that he used to live near me when he was young. He was scuba diving and saw a giant shadow overhead. It was a huge shark. He said that he swam to the shore, got undressed, and noticed a man at the store on the porch playing a guitar. He asked him if he wanted to trade his guitar for all of his diving equipment. He taught himself how to play and music became a huge part of his life from that day on. 

The blues are my favorite. Orianthi is pretty good.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1RUB-cPRuoA
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(Jun 8, 2019 08:31 PM)Secular Sanity Wrote: Most of my family plays something or another. I just got our annual family reunion invite. It always includes bringing a dish, and your favorite instrument, but I didn’t inherit that gene. Sad


Never too late to get infected with the bug via a keyboard instrument. Electric guitars usually don't murder the fingers either, but they're more oriented toward needing a band or back-up. (Barring the earlier days of a Chet Atkins type and his Gretsch, fingerpicking all to his lonesome on stage and daring few awful attempts at singing.) A good acoustic guitar doesn't have to hurt, either, if the action can be adjusted properly and get some flexible core strings.

Quote:My uncle said that he used to live near me when he was young. He was scuba diving and saw a giant shadow overhead. It was a huge shark. He said that he swam to the shore, got undressed, and noticed a man at the store on the porch playing a guitar. He asked him if he wanted to trade his guitar for all of his diving equipment. He taught himself how to play and music became a huge part of his life from that day on.


Sounds like he's got his own "crossroads" kind of story. At least he didn't have to make a pact with the devil. Or did he? <grin>

Quote:The blues are my favorite. Orianthi is pretty good.

She can sing good, too. (Comment becomes more relevant further down.)

I'm no doubt well behind the times even as a listener narrowly confined to the acoustic guitar sphere. Until recently my awareness stopped with dinosaurs like Sharon Isbin, Liona Boyd, John Fahey, Leo Kottke, Stefan Grossman and his delta-blues idols from the '20s and '30s (C2 apparently likewise came into contact with his old guitar-tab books), Will Ackerman, Michael Hedges, Davey Graham, and Tommy Emmanuel (who more or less inherited Chet Atkins' former spokesperson role), etc. I didn't even know this Sungha Jung youth and so many others existed until the last couple of years or so. It seems like everybody has become an innovative Michael Hedges nowadays.

Quote:I love the guitar. I remember wegs saying that she plays the piano. Do you play anything, C C?


In that I'd call a "player" somebody who actually performs in front of people (even if just friends or a church congregation) -- definitely no. I did take an oddball guitar class they had at one school, but never reached the point of playing in a group and strangely nothing ever clicked in my head theory-wise until I inherited some of my brother's discards (an acoustic after he went to electric, along with books).

But if finding wherever the last one is buried these days and wiping the dust off, putting some new strings on it, and getting the callouses back on my fingertips after a week or two, I could at least intimidate my husband. Which isn't saying much since he can't even tune a guitar. But neither of us could vocally carry a tune in a bucket.

Lack of singing ability is perhaps a fraction of why I've been interested in solo instrumental guitar since a kid, whereas my brother forked off into I what I guess would amount to a garage band. Couldn't play with a band back then (or now) if my life depended upon it. Never even tried, though I'm pretty sure he/they would have told younger, tag-along sis to get lost, anyway.

My real interest was studying the guitar to arrange and compose instrumentals for it in a purely recreational sense (akin to say, engaging in painting for relaxing or therapeutic reasons). Eventually got to where I could identify any note on the fingerboard regardless of what tuning it was changed to. (As long as it wasn't a speed test with a five-second time limit for each!) And I guess I still occasionally imagine a fingerboard in my head during an insomnia bout and experimentally ponder how to set some passing musical ideas to it, but never bother to transcribe such to paper anymore.

Quote:I never watched Game of Thrones. I was starting to feel like an outsider but now everyone is telling me to not waste my time.

In terms of filmed epic fantasy finally growing up into complicated drama, I guess the ride prior to that final-season sinkhole is still interesting.

But that's in the context of assuming that all the old-school viewers are extinct who'd have trouble wading through the gratuitous guts, gore, torture, anachronistic profanity, soft-porn sex, and misogynism balanced out with three or four "strong" heroines and an adept villainess. The lot of those items presumedly supplied largely for the guy half of the audience. Including their ideas of what a "strong woman" is and what those gradually developing into such have to go through to reach that status. At least A___ didn't get raped. On the flip-side, some of the male characters had to go through their own various torments and ordeals to transition from complete bastards to partially moral bastards.

Fictional characters can sometimes take on a life of their own that wants to stray from how their behavior, the plot, and the ending was originally conceived by the author(s) before actually being written or played out. What GoT suffered from was forcing the characters to slot into a predetermined finale that Martin sketched out for Benioff for the last couple seasons. Instead of just letting things wing a bit according to how the personalities naturally developed on screen over the years (and also deviated measurably from the novels in the course of that, I've heard). Martin hasn't completed his own book series of GoT yet, thus the apparently threadbare yet fixed outline offered by him to the TV production.

Even this supposedly long-ago preset template the characters were forced into might have worked if the season could have been drawn out over ten episodes or longer. Instead of everything being jammed into six installments, so that there was a lot less of the scrutiny than in earlier seasons of what was transpiring in these people's minds, whereby their decisions and actions might have seemed more consistent.

It was literally like the pattern of a low ratings show that gets cancelled much earlier than intended, but then the network has a change of heart and allows it to come back for handful of episodes or a stand-alone movie the next season, just to hurriedly wrap things up. The ending winds-up being a mess due to that, but at least the cancelled series does not have to conclude on a never resolved cliffhanger. Whereas GoT was a critical and ratings success, the exact opposite of a situation like that. Incredible expenses or not, the ending should have received all the extra episodes it required to unfold properly.
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