What do you play to impress an audience?

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  1. slowhand66

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    I've found that if you can play a well known melody --regardless of how simple or complex you make it--that has never been done on guitar it will be memorable. Hendrix did it with the star-spangle. There are tons of great riffs, hooks and melodies to play (e.g., TV show themes) that people don't expect but love to hear.
     
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    Probably Clap by Steve Howe or a tune I wrote and played for my wife at our wedding.

    I'm working on Fur Elise and Moonlight Sonata, those would also be nice.
     
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    Hmm... that would be tough. Probably a medley of songs, maybe a minute on each.

    Maybe start with "Makin' Time" by The Creation

    Then Dig a Pony by The Beatles, or Helter Skelter

    Hit Love is a Long Road by Petty and the Heartbreakers, including solo

    Drop Mystery Train (Sun Sessions Elvis/Scotty Moore version) including solo

    Then end it with Panama by Van Halen.

    Strangely, it would all be simple stuff, just rock songs.
     
  5. PatrickE_FenderADV

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    Rivera Paradise would be a good option here...

    Mood for a Day was always one of my favorite single guitar pieces by Howe.
     
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    Since I'm playing alone, I'd play acoustic - probably my NGW dread. I'd play and sing something familiar that the crowd could groove to - maybe Brown Eyed Girl or Mustang Sally.
     
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    My best original song. If there's time for two...I'll play one cover to get them to bite
     
  8. daddyo

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    Don't try to impress an audience - try to move them emotionally. The world doesn't need another guitar jerkoff.
     
  9. dougk

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    I'd play a recording of Roben Ford. Then when all the guitar players are zoned out to dumbletopia I'll go hit on their wives.
     
  10. Shiny McShine

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    That would be my only hope also with guitarists. Still 95% would probably slag on me afterward.

    Nonetheless, I have a few of my own solo ideas that I like so much (sort of in a George Harrison vain) that I would play as well as the melody to Gentle Rain or maybe a bastardized version of Footprints.
     
  11. Bryan T

    Bryan T guitar owner Silver Supporting Member

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    I write a lot of solo guitar pieces for acoustic guitar, so I'd play one of those. Probably one with a technique or two that you don't see that often.

    Edited to add: I'm not sure anyone would be impressed.
     
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  12. Jon C

    Jon C Silver Supporting Member

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    with some rhythm:YinYang
     
  13. cugel

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    what else?
     
  14. 101Volts

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    I'd flip my guitar over and play it lefty with the strings reversed. I can't do that yet, I know it is impressive though because few people actually do it.

    Oh, I'd improvise too. I have to learn how to improvise well though.
     
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    Can I get an Amen!
    :beer

    Edward
     
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    Judging from what I hear my friends listen to and what the radio is playing, i think that's exactly what we need.
     
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    :roll
     
  19. Dale

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    I usually please people the most when I quit playing.
     
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    hahahahahaha.u r funny
     

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