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You're never too old (Santa came early)
« on: August 09, 2019, 05:51:26 AM »
For the last two years I have been on a campaign to replace all my musical instruments. I sold both of my guitars last year because I really did not like them. I have had my eye on a Koa Les Paul for a long time but I finally settled on a Haze Les Paul copy that was $500 cheaper and just as nice. It was shipped to me from Australia but I am sure it is a Chinese made guitar. There is no nation listed on the guitar. I have had it for a week now and I am very happy with my purchase. It looks stunning and plays like a dream. The best part is that it stays in tune real well and I have yet to do anything to increase it's ability to stay in tune.

I bought my first ukulele in 2016 and I basically stopped playing guitar at that time. So when I got the guitar and tried to play it it felt like a live snake in my hands, very foreign. I thought it would take me at least a week to have the guitar start to feel natural in my hands. Fortunately it felt just fine the second day. The only real problem is my muscle memory has gone to hell. I am actually having to relearn Stairway to Heaven, which used to be my party piece. I learned it when it first came out and played it a million times. No thinking was involved. Then I decided to learn it on the ukulele and I had to unlearn the muscle memory I had for the song and relearn it. Now I must relearn the guitar part. Hopefully I will be able to learn it good enough on both instruments to make a multi-track video.
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Re: You're never too old (Santa came early)
« Reply #1 on: August 09, 2019, 06:57:45 AM »
Congratulations Tom. You played guitar for so many years that I'm sure muscle memory will return quickly for you, and I'm looking forward to watching that video.

I wasn't familiar with the history, but found this interesting Wiki article:
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gibson_Les_Paul
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Re: You're never too old (Santa came early)
« Reply #2 on: August 09, 2019, 08:23:28 AM »
Yes, the Les Paul guitar has an amazing history. It was not the first solid body electric guitar as so many have claimed. The Broadcaster was released in 1950 and quickly changed to the Telecaster in 1951. The LP came out in 1952 and the Stratocaster was released in 1954. The Stratocaster and the Les Paul are the two standard guitars in the industry. Fender was aimed at the mass market and the LP was aimed at the high end market which did not exist in the 50s. So the LP was discontinued in the late 50s and redesigned into the SG. Then guitar gods like Eric Clapton discovered that a 50s LP plugged into a Marshall stack provided incredible tone. By the end of the 60s there was so much demand for 50s LPs that Gibson started making them again. What I find hard to believe is how heavy this thing is. It feels like it is filled with cement.

BTW Tom, it was your post about a Martin 12 string last month that got me looking at guitars again. I soon realized I am getting old and better get one now before my muscle memory leaves me completely.
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Re: You're never too old (Santa came early)
« Reply #3 on: August 09, 2019, 09:38:06 AM »
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realized I am getting old and better get one now before my muscle memory leaves me completely.

 :) That's how I felt when I bought the Martin, and when I previously bought my Sage fly rod.
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Re: You're never too old (Santa came early)
« Reply #4 on: August 09, 2019, 09:51:44 AM »
Stairway to Heaven?  Nooooooooooooo!  Tell me it isn’t so!

Everybody knows Free Bird is THE most requested song ever.  Followed by Sweet Home Alabama.   ;D

I’ve got my hands full remembering how to play stuff I composed.  I lost Stairway a long time ago.   Now all I need to do is get Lawrence Juber to play some of my stuff. ;)

Maybe I could learn Baby Shark?  All 3 notes of it. ( if you’re not familiar with Baby Shark I urge you to not look it up and especially not to listen to it!)
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Re: You're never too old (Santa came early)
« Reply #5 on: August 09, 2019, 10:01:01 AM »
I can just about manage to climb the stairway, but not play it  :(
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Re: You're never too old (Santa came early)
« Reply #6 on: August 09, 2019, 10:10:06 AM »
I played Free Bird in the last band I was in. But it is not a very good song to play all by yourself whereas Stairway sounds great with one player. I know a lot of people groan over Stairway but I am not playing it for them. I love the song and I love playing it. We played a mashup of Stairway and the Gilligan's Island Theme.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B_vZF6_ChElTQUNZSzBhTDZsS0E/view?usp=sharing
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Re: You're never too old (Santa came early)
« Reply #7 on: August 09, 2019, 11:24:03 AM »
Some friends of mine, ‘The Quitters’ mash it up with that and the theme from the Mary Tyler Moore show.  Great fun watching the audience reactions.

I was in a band that mashed it up with The Days of ‘49.  As I recall it was a perfect fit.
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Re: You're never too old (Santa came early)
« Reply #8 on: August 09, 2019, 12:03:15 PM »
Yep, I loved the mashup for the audience reaction. We usually only played bars so many people were three sheets to the wind. Stairway would start and they would get all excited listening to this long introduction and then when the singer starts singing 'Sit right down and you'll hear a tale, a tale of a fateful trip.." and they get all confused.
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Re: You're never too old (Santa came early)
« Reply #9 on: August 09, 2019, 05:06:08 PM »
Beautiful guitar. Glad it plays as well as it looks.
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Re: You're never too old (Santa came early)
« Reply #10 on: August 09, 2019, 05:14:56 PM »
Hopefully I will be able to learn it good enough on both instruments to make a multi-track video.

And when you do, please share with an audio file. 
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SeilerBird

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Re: You're never too old (Santa came early)
« Reply #11 on: August 09, 2019, 05:26:40 PM »
And when you do, please share with an audio file.
Thank you Gary, I sure will share it.
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