No offense here at all, LOL. There are stereotypes out there. And here in West Virginia, LOL. There's no denying that, but I hail from a hard rock background. My roots are more towards 1970's-1980's hard rock, than old skool American blues players (which I think alot of hard rock pioneers borrowed from).
Like you, I've not settled into any one style. But we're CBG noobs, so it might take some time to find where we gravitate to stylistically (and naturally). I too will just start out with a simple fingerpicking pattern that I like, and often will find a part to lead right into, but then I get stuck. I usually end up with just two parts. Then after a couple of times playing it (sometimes over days) the next part will develop, and often snowball from there. Sometimes I end up with too much, and have to hack it back (a leftover habit from being an old skool "prog" rocker as well).
Here's what my current practice set may consist of:
Beethoven - "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring"
Beatles - mash of "Day Tripper", "Come Together" and "Lady Madonna"
Old Time Gospel - blues/blue grass feel
Whatever else comes to mind...
Hope that helps.
Well, I made a guitar with frets and that really opened up possibilities. I was able to play an A Minor chord. This is the basis of great songs like "House of the Rising Sun" and "Classical Gas".
I know what you mean. I pick up the guit and a song comes out! I've been playing "Birthday Song" by the Beatles for a couple of years just because I picked up the guitar and started playing it! It has something to do with the notes on the strings.
I have "plated" regular guitar for over 40 years but the three string has really opened up possibilities. ;)
CLARIFICATION: J.S. Bach wrote "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring"...
: ) Alan, That mistake is totally forgivable. 'Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring' is the one of the only Bach worth listening to. It's ok to think someone with more talent created that song. I grew up listening to classical music. Never liked Bach. And as far as I'm concerned his experiments in musical fractals showcases his lack of talent, creativity and worth.
.....ok, i'll put my geek away... : )
I've always said a CGB is a real guitar. I've read on line interviews where people talked about what their grand and great grand parents played. And it wasn't the blues. Wether the guitar had frets or not. The very first song recored using a CGB wasn't the blues either. What was played wasn't anything different than what someone with a six string guitar would play today. Popular music. Unfortunately I've lost all those links years ago.
I think every hammer-on I play makes me sound like Van Halen or Ynqwie Malmsteen. I also think I'm the greatest guitar player in the world. As long as I'm not actually playing a guitar.
Reality sucks. : )
I have a guitar player friend who right now, for the first time in his life, is trying alternate tunings on his six string. Experimenting with what he can come up with. Not following what's been done before. I'll get a CGB in his hands yet!
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Interesting topic Mr. Callaby. I am always eager to hear what tunings and ideas other players are trying out. I usually tune GDG, DGD, GDB, EBEB or sometimes random tunings that sound good depending on my mood. These days I'm often experimenting with ambient and atmospheric guitar music. I play my instruments through an effects board that has multiple reverb and delay pedals plus some rather strange effects and a looper. I enjoy all types of guitar music but this is what has caught my fancy the last year or so.