What do you play when you pick up your acoustic?

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  1. DaveSemach

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    Exactly that....

    I'm mostly an electric player, so I'm not very good at noodling with my acoustic. Just curious what you guys play when you pick up your acoustics.

    Post Videos or Sound Clips if you've got em!!!

    -Dave
     
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    Frequently my own bastardised version of Davey Graham's "Anji" (via Bert Jansch and Paul Simon's versions).

    I read once that back in the 60s learning "Anji" was the rite of passage for any budding folk-rock guitarist who wanted to prove that he could play worth a damn and took up the challenge.
     
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    What do you play when you pick up your acoustic?

    Trick question? I play my acoustic.
     
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    First position open chords, then I'll drone a string and do some melodic runs higher up the neck. Then I'll comp. Then I'll put it in DADGAD and really start to play...then I'll drop it to Open D and pick up a slide.
     
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    Wolfboy1 Grandpa but...Not Yet Old! Silver Supporting Member

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    I generally will play whatever piece I've been working on, trying to get that muscle memory ingrained. I have a handful of tunes that I play to just get warmed up a bit as well. Things I've been playing for years and still love like Classical Gas, Mood For A Day, The Rain Song etc....
     
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    Generally finger picking around 1st position chords such as G D G/C A and a few blues runs in A.
     
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    Usually this thing to limber up. Just a descending chord progression and some slidy bits:



    Just an exercise, not meant to wow or amaze folks or anything, caveat done.
     
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    I rarely play acoustic but when I do I usually strum Harvest Moon....by Neil Young or Lucky Man.....by Greg Lake (ELP)
     
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    Chords, and classical finger picking, then some flamenco finger work. Then some songs with a mixture.
     
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    Depends on what tuning the guitar is in. If it is in G probably "Love In Vain" (Stones style). If is is in D Tommy Johnson's "Big Road Blues." If it is in standard tuning Chuck Berry's "The Promised Land."

    No real reason for these - just tunes I love and have been playing a long time.
     
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    I warm up by playing bluegrass runs over an open G chord and take it from there.
     
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    :hide Traditional Scottish and Irish ballads (well, you asked!)
     
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    A lot of times I warm up with Eric Clapton's Signe. Then progress to some blues fingerstyle to wake up my inner groove. Once I get down to business, it's usually a switch over the coming week's music for church which can range from Paul Baloche to Matt Redman. If I have time, I always go back to fingerstyle, even bringing out the classical for a workout. It's all good.
     
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    Play pretty much the same stuff acoustic or electric...
     

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