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  • What simple instrumental can I learn?

    I can play all the cowboy and barre chords but I cant sing. So what should I play?

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    How about The Allman Brother's 'Little Martha'? That's a nice instrumental in open E. It's often played as a duet but it can be done solo.

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    • #3
      Start simple
      Can you do Happy Birthday, Auld Lang Syne and Jingle Bells ?

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      • #4
        For simple instrumentals, check out late 50s/early 60s stuff by the Shadows, Ventures, Duane Eddy, and various surf tunes. Lots of fun...
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        • #5
          Originally posted by JonR View Post
          For simple instrumentals, check out late 50s/early 60s stuff by the Shadows, Ventures, Duane Eddy, and various surf tunes. Lots of fun...
          Yes, try "Walk, Don't Run" by the Ventures...Simple but memorable single-note melody in A minor (same notes as C major scale), and a fairly simple chord progression. (Caution - this song may make you want a guitar with a vibrato bar)

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          • #6
            Interstellar Overdrive

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Stockholm Syndrome View Post
              I can play all the cowboy and barre chords but I cant sing. So what should I play?
              Play music that inspires you.
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              • #8
                "Sleepwalk"

                Last edited by onelife; 06-02-2014, 12:03 PM.
                who you are in the world depends on the opinions of others - that is not important

                what is important is who you are within yourself

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                • #9
                  Work up some Reverend Gary Davis stuff - plenty of interesting guitar and the singing demands can be really, really minimal. Listen to Marie Knight do "When I Die (I'll Live Again)"; yes Marie was a truly great singer, but she just talked us all through that one...

                  Perhaps some Mississippi John Hurt. "My Creole Belle" oughta do you nice.

                  "Moonlight Lady" by Gabby Pahinui.

                  "See that My Grave Is Kept Clean"

                  "Fifty Miles of Elbow Room"

                  And (if you really refuse to sing) start listening to John Fahey...

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by JonR View Post
                    For simple instrumentals, check out late 50s/early 60s stuff by the Shadows, Ventures, Duane Eddy, and various surf tunes. Lots of fun...
                    This was going to be my response.
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                    • #11
                      vibrato is a necessity...
                       

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                      • #12
                        or is it tremolo? Leo has screwed me up for life on this one...

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                          • #14
                            Play music that you like a lot!
                            Patrick Roberge - ​http://www.patrickroberge.net/

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