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  • If I could wave a magic wand and give you the ability to play an instrument that you don't already know how to play...

    ...which one would it be?

    For me, I think I'd pick pedal steel. I've always loved the sound of it, but I've never really tried to learn it.


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  • #2
    As much as I can play piano, I wish I had better chops. Actually, I use to when I was a teenager but its no longer in my will power to practice 3 hours a day.

    I would also love to play like Stevie Ray Vaughan...

    Then again, it seems guitars are no longer in style... but Ableton PUSH is and so are other boxes...

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    • #3
      No question - piano. Can hack at some string instruments but would really like to learn the keys.
      The Mandolin Picker

      "Bless your hearts... and all your vital organs" - John Duffy

      "Got time to breath, got time for music!"- Briscoe Darling, Jr.

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      • #4
        I picked up an old Rickenbacker lapsteel - so old it's actually a Rickenbacher...it's not easy transitioning to a non-fretted instrument! Don't breathe a word, I'll hide this secret in lots of brackets, but [[[[[[[[melodyne works on lapsteel, too!]]]]]].

        Can't really say I can play it yet, so yeah, lapsteel.

        It was listening to Greg Leisz on a Bill Frisell album that made me crazy after a lapsteel. Pedal steel would be nice (Leisz plays pedal steel, too), but it's such a large, complicated beast. And a lot more expensive. I love the simplicity and portability of the lappie.



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        • #5
          Drums....I always thought they were simple until I bought a set for my Boy several years ago....They aren't simple.
          He never caught on to them either, but he did move on to Cello and killed it for 6 years.

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          • #6
            I tried pedal steel but never got to the creative stage. I'm more into playing that learning and practicing and I wasn't ready for all that work. I still have it, and every once in a while I take it out for a day or two, but then it goes back in the case where it won't collect so much dust in all those levers and cams.

            But I'll take a tap on the head with your magic wand if you can make me play fiddle. I never got past the painful stage with that but I know so many tunes that I'd like to teach other fiddlers, and they just don't get it when I play them on guitar.
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            • #7
              For me it's the violin, I have one here and the wife would also like to learn it. Something else would the accordion I have that also and being a keyboard player I've hacked around with it a little but there's a lot more going on than people may realize; you have to be able to finger memory the keys while manipulating the chord buttons on the left all while timing the bellow movement and having the somewhat heavy thing strapped across your mid-section.
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              • #8
                You know, I like learning manually. If I could suddenly PLAY any of my instruments it wouldn't be the same and might even become meaningless.
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by 1001gear View Post
                  You know, I like learning manually. If I could suddenly PLAY any of my instruments it wouldn't be the same and might even become meaningless.
                  While I appreciate the journey and the effort of learning how to play, I am even more interested in the creativity and expression once you can. I've done plenty of woodshedding in my life, and would be just fine with it if someone wanted to grant me the ability to rip on pedal steel...

                  I dink around on drums and can play a bit, but I'm not what I'd call competent at it - that would probably be my second choice if for some reason the magic wand lacked a pedal steel setting.
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                  "Look at it this way: think of how stupid the average person is, and then realize half of 'em are stupider than that."
                  - George Carlin

                  "It shouldn't be expected that people are necessarily doing what they appear to be doing on records."
                  - Sir George Martin, All You Need Is Ears

                  "The music business will be revitalized by musicians, not the labels or Live Nation. When the musicians decide to put music first, instead of money, the public will flock to the fruits and the scene will be healthy again."
                  - Bob Lefsetz, The Lefsetz Letter

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by nat whilk II View Post
                    I picked up an old Rickenbacker lapsteel - so old it's actually a Rickenbacher...
                    Wow - that must be really old. Didn't they change the spelling sometime in the 1930s?

                    it's not easy transitioning to a non-fretted instrument! Don't breathe a word, I'll hide this secret in lots of brackets, but [[[[[[[[melodyne works on lapsteel, too!]]]]]].

                    Can't really say I can play it yet, so yeah, lapsteel.
                    Non-fretted instruments are not unfamiliar to me - I started out as a reed player, and took piano lessons briefly when I was in high school. I'd love to be a great piano player... I mainly bash out chords to accompany my voice, or play synth lines - stuff like that.

                    I can play slide and lap steel half-way decently. It's the pedals that I've never messed with. And yes, Autotune and Melodyne work on lots of things - I've used pitch correction on tons of stuff [[[[including fretless and upright basses too.]]]]]

                    My lap steel and slide heroes are guys like Duane Allman, David Lindley and Ry Cooder... I'd love to be as good as any of them.












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                    "Look at it this way: think of how stupid the average person is, and then realize half of 'em are stupider than that."
                    - George Carlin

                    "It shouldn't be expected that people are necessarily doing what they appear to be doing on records."
                    - Sir George Martin, All You Need Is Ears

                    "The music business will be revitalized by musicians, not the labels or Live Nation. When the musicians decide to put music first, instead of money, the public will flock to the fruits and the scene will be healthy again."
                    - Bob Lefsetz, The Lefsetz Letter

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Phil O'Keefe View Post

                      While I appreciate the journey and the effort of learning how to play, I am even more interested in the creativity and expression once you can. I've done plenty of woodshedding in my life, and would be just fine with it if someone wanted to grant me the ability to rip on pedal steel...

                      I dink around on drums and can play a bit, but I'm not what I'd call competent at it - that would probably be my second choice if for some reason the magic wand lacked a pedal steel setting.
                      Immersion might help - until you burn out that is.
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                      • #12
                        And if you like your non-pedal steel guitar with less distortion, here's Herbie Remington, who played with Bob Wills when he was 20 years old. I met him in the 1990s when he retired from being a Texas oil executive and put together a band to start playing again.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Phil O'Keefe View Post

                          Wow - that must be really old. Didn't they change the spelling sometime in the 1930s?
                          My lapsteel is an Ace - online sources say that line ran from '48-'53. Apparently Rickenbacker was not always consistent in the use of either "..backer" or "..bacher" and both spellings can be found on instruments from the 30s to the 50s. Also, one source says that the models coming out soon after WWII ended often were a mix of pre-war parts and post-war parts.

                          The Ace is bakelite (feels heavy as steel!) and has the famous horseshoe picked under a molded cover. Magnet still strong as horseradish.

                          Researching the purchase was a lot of fun and an education about a corner of the electric string instrument world I knew nothing about. The lapsteels were one of the very earliest electrified instruments from the 20s and 30s when engineers and inventors were coming up with all sorts of things that could use the new-fangled energy source - electricity, right there in your own house!

                          There's a lively and extensive online community of lapsteel lovers - and you can find tons of YTs of guys 70-90 years or thereabouts still playing Sleepwalk and "Ke Kali Nei Au" and such chestnuts from the Hawaiian music craze.

                          The really early Ricks are very highly prized and, of course, the word is "nothing sounding as good has been made since.."

                          The Ace has very much a David Lindley sound, like on Jackson Browne's Late For The Sky. Not so much the nasal, high-lonesome sound like so many pedal steels. I just love it - you can hear me play about four notes on my Soundcloud song here...that's about the extent of my expertise to date:

                          https://soundcloud.com/natwhilkii1/the-refugees

                          Here's a YT of a guy just tearing it up with a blue Ace (same as mine) in a sort of fusion style....



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                          Last edited by nat whilk II; 03-08-2018, 06:37 PM.

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                          • #14
                            I love the tone of that thing - and the guy playing it is really good too! Thanks for sharing the clips (I enjoyed listening to your song too!) and the information!



                            **********

                            "Look at it this way: think of how stupid the average person is, and then realize half of 'em are stupider than that."
                            - George Carlin

                            "It shouldn't be expected that people are necessarily doing what they appear to be doing on records."
                            - Sir George Martin, All You Need Is Ears

                            "The music business will be revitalized by musicians, not the labels or Live Nation. When the musicians decide to put music first, instead of money, the public will flock to the fruits and the scene will be healthy again."
                            - Bob Lefsetz, The Lefsetz Letter

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                            • #15
                              Actually, I could just use some Harry Potter action on my bum neck and then I'll stay quite happily in my lane.

                              And I'm with 1001, it's the climb that makes arriving at the top of the mountain anything noteworthy.

                              Oh and while you're at it, it might be a good idea to wave that thing over a globe somewhere and get the world's appreciation for skills on an instrument, earned or granted, elevated a ways.

                              Sorry, I ain't playin.

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