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Old October 5th, 2018, 09:06 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Confession Time

My friends, ths weighs heavily on my mind..I feel almost as if I am here
under false pretenses. After 60 years of being a card carrying plank spanker,
I must confess that I do not know how to play any of those scales-that have those greek sounding names...nor do I know what an "arpeggio" is.
I may have played one or two and not known it.I did try to read music
once, but it messed up my playing.....I'll go sit in the corner....

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Old October 5th, 2018, 11:34 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Tom,
Neither does Clapton.
Don't sweat it. I have a friend who was a guitarist in a band who had three UK No.1 albums in the 80s and a couple of Grammy nominations. He doesn't know the names of half the chords he plays.
You'll find a lot of the 'non-widdly' guitar legends don't know much more than pentonic, major and minor scales.
I seem to remember one Blues legend used to say, "I don't play chprds."
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Old October 5th, 2018, 07:31 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Yeah, I believe that was B.B. King. No worries, Tom, just do what you feel. Knowing all that junk doesn't' necessarily make you a better player. Personally, I took to studying music theory because I don't have a good ear for melody and harmony. I probably should have been a drummer. But having a bit of knowledge of the why of it all has helped me a bit. If you've made it this far without it, you don't need it!
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Been playing since around the late 50s and I am relatively chord free. I'm a 'lead' guitarist, so others can play the chords
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Old October 6th, 2018, 05:58 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Yep, I believe it was Mr King
When I posted my intro a couple of weeks back, with a picture of my Gretsch, I remember a certain gentlemen commenting it inspired him to "murder" a Chet Atkins tune... as far as I'm concerned, if you can play like Chet, you've got my ear. I wish I could play like that.
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