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    acoustic/strumming/singing reccomendations?

    I figure this has been covered alot, but theres always new members to add input, so here it is:

    What are some good acoustic songs? I've been messing around with my acoustic alot lately. I'm looking more for 'strummers' moreso than ballads, but either one works. I'm looking for easy stuff to pick up and to sing over, right now I'm looking into Neil Young, as opposed to say, the clap, by YES .

    So, any suggestions on good ones to learn? Anything is welcome, as long as I can concentrate on singing and simple rhythms instead of sweeping or something. As you may have guessed I'm trying to build up a repetoire of simple stuff to maybe sit in on a jam, or play at a cafe or something, and work on my singing, instead of just just building up monsterous technique.

    Thanks in advance,
    -Larry

    and no, I'm not going soft!

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    PLAY "STACY'S MOM HAS GOT IT GOING ON".... that song cracks me up. I'm pretty sure it'd get a pretty good response.

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    i just learned 'used to love her' by gnr in about 5 minutes (sans solo). thats a good one for anyone else in the same prediciment as me, but it's probably tough to sing over because he sings on the off beats.

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    Hows about:

    Collective Soul - Run
    Pink Floyd - Wish you were here
    James Taylor - Fire and Rain, Sweet Baby James, Carolina on my Mind

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    Re: acoustic/strumming/singing reccomendations?

    Originally posted by LarryJ

    What are some good acoustic songs? I've been messing around with my acoustic alot lately. I'm looking more for 'strummers' moreso than ballads, but either one works. I'm looking for easy stuff to pick up and to sing over, right now I'm looking into Neil Young, as opposed to say, the clap, by YES .

    hi Larry,

    recently I am learning some acoustic rhythms from a 70s band called America. Their songs are mainly acoustic strumming but have a lot to learn in terms of the rhythm, the strumming pattern and the awkward beats (3, 6, 7 beats song which are hard to come by). Might be useful

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    Hi,
    well everytime I pick up my acoustic here's some of the songs I play

    here's a list in no particular order just off the top of my head(There's way more that I play and my music changes everyday but right now these come to mind)

    Some are pretty easy but still sound great
    ie. BonJovi-Wanted Dead or Alive
    Poison-Everyrose has it's thorn
    Aaron Lewis-Outside
    Goo Goo Dolls-slide
    Oasis-Wonderwall

    Some are quite a bit more challenging, but all are pretty popular, and sound great on acoustic guitar

    Aaron Lewis
    outside

    goo goo dolls
    slide

    creed
    what's this life for(acoustic version)

    bon jovi
    wanted dead or alive

    Dream Theater
    regression
    the silent man

    Incubus
    drive

    John Cougar Mellencamp
    little pink houses

    STP
    creep

    hootie and the blowfish
    let her cry

    U2
    still haven't found what I'm lookin for

    oasis
    wonderwall
    champayne supernova

    poison
    everyrose has it's thorn

    the Who
    magicbus
    pinball wizard

    led zeppelin
    gallows pole
    hey hey what can I do
    over the hills and far away
    babe

    soul asylum
    runaway train

    mr. big
    wildworld

    Extreme
    more than words
    holehearted

    kenny wayne shepard
    blue on black

    Eric Clapton
    Layla(acoustic version)
    tears in heaven

    Eagles
    Desperado
    hotel california
    take it easy

    GNR
    patience
    knockin on heaven's door

    Don Mclean
    Miss America pie

    Tesla
    Little Suzy
    Love song

    skid row
    I remember you

    warrant
    heaven

    Kansas
    Dust in the wind

    metallica
    nothing else matters
    fade to black
    the unforgiven

    Pink Floyd - Wish you were here
    goodbye blue sky
    comfortably numb


    happy strumming, picking & fingerpicking!!!
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    wow

    great response. Thanks everyone for the suggestions, I'm gonna copy this list and get to work. Theres a wide variety here too, which is nice, since I listen to everything from classic rock, to 80's metal and 90's alternative. I saw alot of bands that I like (well, most of them, if not all), so thanks again for all the help!

    -Larry

    While looking over some of the songs, I realised I need a capo for a few of them. Any suggestions on a decent one, or a way to work around using one?
    Last edited by LarryJ; 11-26-2003 at 02:51 AM.

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    LoL , what about for people who CAN'T sing like the guy from Journey?

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    Check out these artists for great acoustic music to learn..
    Norman Blake
    Tony Rice
    Doc Watson
    Gordon Lightfoot
    Hank Williams I
    Hank Williams II
    Hank Williams III
    Johnny Cash
    Robert Johnson
    Martin Taylor
    John Carlini
    the David Grisman and Jerry Garcia sessions
    Bela Fleck's tales from the acoustic planet albums...


    Wyll

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    I have a Jim Dunlop capo with the spring tension thingy. (very technical description! . It was about $20 and it's very useful and easy to attach, move, or remove (even mid-song if you're into complicated stuff)
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    Bad Company usually works good for me.
    Shooting Star is something I've sang in pretty much everyband I've ever been in. I figure If I can pull it off alright vocally it can't be that hard
    Feel Like Makin Love,
    Ready for Love,
    Silver, Blue And Gold,
    also are pretty straight forward.

    Course tons of Beatle Songs.

    Alice Cooper- I'll never cry
    is a nice pretty slow song, course u can always do a nice pretty version of 18 or cold ethal

    Grand Funk- Bad Time
    Not an acoustic song but should work nicely.

    Then there's my Dogs favorite (cause I sing it to em all the time)
    39 by Queen.

    You can't always get what u want- by the Stones
    or Angie or Wild White Horses

    Anyway those are ones that pop to mind that I've sang before in some way shape or form so vocally they can't be to challanging.
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    Desperate need of Help !

    I have taken the "bold" step to purchase a guitar, and have spent the last few weeks practicing my chords - now I would like to learn my first song, BUT, I can read the music, but how do you know what the strumming pattern should be. I am a backpacker so cant download songs etc, which is providing very difficult....please help, I dont want to become disheartened and give up
    I am both desperate and committed to playing beautiful music to ease the home sickness.

    Hope some-one can help and have a great day all

    Buggerlugs

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    Hmm...

    hey buggerlugs ... welcome to ibreath ....

    i don't get it to be honest ... can you be a bit clearer

    I can read the music
    was that meant to be can't?

    coz if you can't read music the only way to get the strumming patterns is by hearing the song at least once i guess.

    If not you'll have to learn how to read.

    But you have to tell us what stuff you have available in hand (e.g. do you have the strumming patterns written? or just the melodie?)
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    Thumbs up

    Thank you for your prompt response.

    I have the chords (as below Knockin on Heavens Door)

    Verse 1

    G5 D Am

    Mamma take this badge from me

    G5 D C

    I can't use it anymore

    G5 D Am

    It's getting dark, too dark to see

    G5 D C

    Feels like I'm knockin' on heaven's door

    But cant get the strumming right - From the tabs alone - how do you figure out how the strumming pattern should go ? and how fast to strum etc . . .


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