What are you playing, really?

Discussion in 'V.C.'s Parlor' started by speelyei, Oct 12, 2021.

What are you playing, really?

  1. Noodling.

  2. Songs from beginning to end.

  3. Parts of this, some of that.

  4. Weird noises with pedals and effects.

  5. Practicing chords, scales, or other clearly defined exercises

  6. Note for note solos.

  7. Playing along with a metronome.

  8. Layering my own loops, only to delete them shortly after.

  9. Writing my own music or songs.

  10. Recording.

Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. speelyei

    speelyei Squier-Nut

    Sep 22, 2020
    North America
    I maxed out the survey choices. Feel free to comment if the Poll choices don’t adequately reflect you, but you still want to participate.
    Last edited: Oct 12, 2021
  2. miket1117

    miket1117 Squier-holic Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 31, 2018
    Kansas City
    I selected "weird noises" (among a few others) but i don't do much of it and when i do it's just using on-board effects on the Mustang or Spark.
  3. Mojotone

    Mojotone Squier-Meister

    Jun 5, 2021
    Chateauguay, QC
    Songs from Beginning to End, Lots of Metronome Scale Practice, Trying to get Solos and Songs Note for Note, Dialling in tones for particular song im working on, then Recording Said Song

  4. stratelespaul

    stratelespaul Squier-Nut

    Apr 25, 2012
    South Central Los Angeles
    Almost got it note for note...Almost. Still working.
    Lucky for me, it's mostly blues stuff.
  5. grizzlewulf

    grizzlewulf Squier-holic

    Dec 11, 2020
    Lucerne, California
    If I've got an acoustic, I might be playing one of a handful of mostly obscure covers I know...Silver Jews, a little Poncho and Lefty, Neil Young's Powderfinger, stuff like that.

    But if I've got an electric, it's usually noodling in the hopes I stumble on something I like enough to make an original song around. Sometimes that turns into weird noise indulgence, sometimes not. Either way it's usually not highly productive but I enjoy myself

    I suppose this division is due to the circumstances under which I play each. My time with the electric is usually "Dad's Music Time" where I'm working on stuff in the bedroom. When I have the acoustic, I'm usually hanging out on the porch or at the park, watching the kids, or in a social setting.
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  6. DougMen

    DougMen Dr. Squier

    Jun 8, 2017
    Honolulu, HI
    I put chord progressions/rhythm guitar into my looper, or sometimes I plug chords into BIAB, to make backup tracks of bass, drums, and keys. Sometimes it's well known classic rock/blues/ blues rock/country rock songs, and sometimes it's just a generic chord progression in those genres. Then I play the backup parts (from the looper or BIAB), and jam over it, noodling leads that aren't planned at all, just improv, because I couldn't play the same solo twice if my life depended on it. If I feel real energetic and inspired, I'll then do a short video recorded on my cheap little Nikon camera and post it to my IG page, or record audio only using the USB out on my THR10C or LT25 and then sometimes post it to my Soundcloud page
    Last edited: Oct 13, 2021
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  7. SoundDesign

    SoundDesign Squier-holic

    I know I am a weird duck in the grand scheme of things but I have zero interest in playing other people's music. I write and record (and have for a long time) but probably couldn't get all the way through "Back in Black" if my life depended on it.
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  8. StormCaster

    StormCaster Squier-Meister

    Sep 13, 2020
    I like to play along with songs on youtube and also love playing along with backing tracks on youtube. Cheers
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  9. Lonn

    Lonn Squier-holic Staff Member

    Dec 19, 2009
    Carmel IN
    Admin Post
    After 20 years I am still an absolute beginner. I don't care lol.
  10. Exhead

    Exhead Squier-Nut

    Jul 15, 2015
    Something like the following. I just bought a used M-Audio Air 192/14 and downloaded the software last night, took forever to download, definitely a learning curve. This is my first track so far, just did it tonight messing around. I am only playing the lead, if you can call it that.

    Clicking the link below opens an MP3 so make sure your volume is acceptable.

    Bb Blues with my 2013 Player Plus Top with the Stratahoochie wiring.

    IMG_2626.JPG Modded_Wiring2_sm.jpg
    Last edited: Oct 13, 2021
  11. StormCaster

    StormCaster Squier-Meister

    Sep 13, 2020
    That sounds great thanks for sharing
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  12. RoyalWe

    RoyalWe Squier-holic

    Sep 5, 2012
    Western Oregon
    Mostly just playing nonsense
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  13. Jim Belaye

    Jim Belaye Squier-holic

    Jul 25, 2015
    Montréal, Canada
    Noodling - Songs from beginning to end - Practicing chords, scales, or other clearly defined exercises - Note for note solos - Recording
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  14. Ladeeh

    Ladeeh Squier-Meister

    Sep 10, 2021
    Everything from the pool. Depends on the period.

    These days I mostly play defined exercises with a metronome, implementing some theory on the fretboard and a bit of jamming to youtube backing tracks. Two things that I've been doing constantly for years are 'composing' my own music and playing note for note songs I want to learn.
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  15. 5ofeight

    5ofeight Squier-holic

    Nov 14, 2016
    I've give up on trying to do lead stuff, so instead I'm trying to learn songs. Working on "Nobody knows you when you're down and out" right now
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  16. beagle

    beagle Squier-holic

    Nov 19, 2017
    I noodle to keep my hands working, play songs and parts of songs and spend quite a bit of time writing and recording my own music. I like to join in with the Strat-Talk and TDPRI jams and challenges when I think I can contribute something worthwhile.
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  17. OOMTOM

    OOMTOM Squier-Meister

    Jun 19, 2021
    Johannesburg South Africa
    Me too for now so I am trying to master Pulps Common People and generally learning more chords. Then I just strum a melody at Random to soothe away the workday blues.
  18. MrYeats

    MrYeats Dr. Squier Platinum Supporting Member

    Dec 28, 2017
    South Texas Coast
    I haven't done much lately because I have not set up my new studio but I plan continuing my song writing/production.
  19. Ladeeh

    Ladeeh Squier-Meister

    Sep 10, 2021
    Nice to hear that most of you making your own music. Keep doing that fellas!
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  20. the_dude

    the_dude Squier-Meister

    Feb 17, 2021
    I will be like....

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