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Guitar Store chops

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by sm49341, Jan 9, 2014.

  1. sm49341


    May 12, 2013
    Do you practice any specific lines just for a guitar store, so when you grab one and play you have something super cool to play? Sometimes, Yes I do...:cool:
  2. Bassamatic

    Bassamatic keepin' the beat since the 60's Supporting Member

    I've often wondered about that!
  3. RxFunk


    Dec 2, 2012
    Yep, I've always wondered if other people did it too.
  4. LazyGecko


    Nov 19, 2013
    I'm guilty of that. It's funny when people try to show off lines they HAVEN'T practiced or can even play at all xD
  5. Oh yeah, I've got parts of Smoke On The Water, Stairway to Heaven, and Seven Nation Army, down perfect. I can repeat 'em for hours, and really loud too. Perhaps you've seen me.
  6. OEW3


    Nov 6, 2011
    Hey! Yes I have seen you...every single time I go to a guitar shop. Every time dammit. I hate you! ;)
  7. Stick_Player

    Stick_Player Banned

    Nov 13, 2009
    Somewhere on the Alaska Panhandle (Juneau)
    Endorser: Plants vs. Zombies Pea Shooters
    If it were one's only gig... I guess they better.

  8. sm49341


    May 12, 2013
    I ask this Cruz I was in a store today. Its so easy on a regular guita
    R to play interesting and cool stuff. On bass I find it a little more challenging to be interrrsting. If or truly seeing if a bass fits your needs, you can't just hammer out some pentatonic boxy funk riff, or slap it the whole time. You need to play real stuff too, which can be a little lame at times. I might play marleys Stir it Up. aeroplave by rhcp, or other flea stuff. But I gotta check that country sound to. I always notice if I play the simple line of 'On Broadway'. People often times start singing it.
  9. pacojas

    pacojas "FYYA BUN"

    Oct 11, 2009
    on broadway?!!!:(
  10. ghostfather


    Oct 26, 2013
    I sort of freeze up when I try out gear at a guitar store. It is so weird. More comfortable in front of an audience than in a guitar store. So weird.
  11. Itzayana


    Aug 15, 2012
    Oakland Ca
    This is only cool if it is non-stop slapping.
  12. Mike in Chicago

    Mike in Chicago Supporting Member

    Apr 3, 2011
    I do my best Adam Clayton lines…


    The chicks dig it, then I whip out my best "Duff majik",


    works every time, then I get about 6 effects boxes, turn them all on at the same time and throw a curve…


    It's awesome.
  13. SoVeryTired

    SoVeryTired Endorsing nothing, recommending much

    Jul 2, 2011
    Milton Keynes, UK
    I play stuff that I'd actually play on stage. It's not likely to impress anyone else in the store but I'll know whether it's the right bass for me.
  14. Itzayana


    Aug 15, 2012
    Oakland Ca
    I was checking out your riffs and they are like way super cool man.
    I know the D and G riff. My bass has those strings too. I also have E and A strings, but I don't have a C string. How do you get that sound?
  15. Mike in Chicago

    Mike in Chicago Supporting Member

    Apr 3, 2011
    A pick and straight downstrokes. No up / down method for me.
  16. Itzayana


    Aug 15, 2012
    Oakland Ca
    I use only straight downstrokes too. The up strokes don't sound good. Not enough power.
    What kind of pick do you use?
    I use my old lucky 50cent piece. It's not all bendy like some other stuff I've tried. Definitely gets the power metal sound I like.
  17. I usually like to pop in at guitar stores and test equipment either with songs I'm actually playing, a solo I'm working on, or just anything that covers the full range of the instrument. Then I scoop out the mids and do the same thing with my thumb!
  18. ShonenCello


    Sep 21, 2011
    As soon as others hear me playing the non flashy stuff I always play, they ignore me and this is fine with me.

    When I want an audience I'll get in front of one.
  19. edencab


    Aug 14, 2013
    Toronto, On
    hah! I do ......Hamp's Hump - Lou Donaldson, A New Day Yesterday - Jethro Tull, Mr Big Stuff - Jean Knight, I'll Take You There - Staple Singers, Sun King - Beatles

    let's get a list of what people jam to in the store!
  20. kikstand454


    Sep 28, 2012
    I will typically play " soul to squeeze" first....because it uses alot of the fretboard and every string. If the bass feels/ sounds good after a verse/ chorus then I freeze up and don't know what to do. Lol. I'm not a flashy player.....so showstoppers won't try out the bass for me. Sometimes I play " what is and what should never be"........ one time a guy playing guitar across the way started jamming with me on that. That was pretty cool.
    We needed a singer.