jueves, 5 de febrero de 2009

Guitar for beginners… Not!

As an amateur guitar player, most of the things that the professional guitar men do fascinate me. For example, the endless tinkering with a variety of amps and effect pedals, what with a little adjustment of the overdrive here and a little tweaking of the delay there, which ends up sounding just like the guitar player wanted it.

Also, I have always been impressed by those who can actually experiment with alternate tunings. It's difficult enough for me trying to remember all the chords and progressions and scales for standard tuning. I know that I haven't even learned all the main chords or scales yet, so I imagine how hard it must be trying alternate tunings in order to achieve a particular sound or in order to facilitate better fingering for difficult passages.

This is an example. In their famous song, "No one knows", by the Stone Temple Pilots, the guitars are tuned in such a mysterious manner that I keep finding new tuning schemes on the Internet, with all kinds of different fingerings. But I think the tuning is just transposed from the standard E/A/D/G/B/E to C/F/Bb/Eb/G/C.

Anyway, enjoy this driving rock-dirge. It makes me think about the angst of the perpetual middle child: our generation.

We get some rules to follow:
That and this,
These and those…
No one knows

We get these pills to swallow,
How they stick
In your throat!
Taste like gold.

Oh, what you do to me
No one knows.

And I realize you're mine;
Indeed, a fool of mine.
And I realize you're mine;
Indeed, a fool am I.

I journey through the desert
Of the mind,
With no hope
I follow

I drift along the ocean;
Dead lifeboats
in the sun,
they come undone.

Presently caving in,
I come undone

And I realize you're mine;
Indeed, a fool of mine.
And I realize you're mine;
Indeed, a fool of mine.

Heaven smiles above me;
What a gift here below,
But no one knows

The Gift that you give to me,
No one knows…

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