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Playing Solo Acoustic Gigs...

After playing a couple of sets at a local tavern, a few solo tunes then sitting in as back-up for others that step up, I have been encouraged to put a couple of sets together for some solo playing by the owner. I question my vocal capabilities, but people seem to dig it.

I've done Key to the Highway, Before You 'Cuse Me, Pride and Joy, Lucky Man, and Simple Man solo before. I have been practicing and will throw in the likes of You've Got A Friend, Life By The Drop, Mary Had a Little Lamb, Dead Flowers, a couple of Creedence tunes: Have You Ever Seen The Rain, and Down On The Corner, and a few others.

I am looking for ideas for well known acoustic tunes you'd like to hear someone play if you ventured out for the evening.

I'm thinking Gordon Lightfoot, and such.

What would you recommend, or what would you drop from this particular list?

More and more folks have been showing up, it's very nice to have the music you play appreciated. I just want to give some good stuff back.

Thanks in advance,

B Kent
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2/5/2006 11:31 PM

Wilfred Bustar (865) wrote:

All three are awesome crowd pleasers.


Willin by Lowell George

G D
I've been warped by the rain driven by the snow
Em7 C
Well I'm drunk and dirty and don't you know and
G C G
I'm still yea willing
G D
I'm out on the road most every night
Em7 C
I see my pretty Alice in every headlight
G C G
Alice Dallas Alice
D C G
I've been from Tucson to Tucumcari, Tehachapi to Tonopah
G/F# G C
I've Driven every kind of rig that's ever been made
C D
Driven the back roads so I won't get weighed
C C/B C/A G D
And if you give me weed whites and wine and show me a sign
C G C G
Well I'll be willin to be movin
G D
I've been beaten by the wind and robbed by the sleet
Em7 C
Had my head stove in and I'm still on my feet
G C G
And I'm willin', to be movin'
D
And I smuggled some smokes for folks in Mexico
Em7 C G
Baked by the sun, everytime I go to Mexico
C G
And I'm still willin'
D C G
I've been from Tucson to Tucumcari Tehachapi to Tonopah
G/F# G C
I've Driven every kind of rig that's ever been made
C D
Driven the back roads so I won't get weighed
C C/B C/A G D
And if you give me weed whites and wine and show me a sign
C G C G
Well I'll be willin to be movin


I think a lot of folks cover that one, maybe even the grateful Dead.

A google will yeild lots of hits for Angel as its a popular cover too.

The Johnny Winter one is great but you'd have to get the disc and figurre it out, its a Em-G-D country blues kinda thang. Older LP I cant remember which one I copped it off of.



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2/6/2006 12:33 AM

Bob Kent (10857) wrote:

I printed that Wilfred, now I just have to find the music to see if I like her. I thank you for the time and effort putting that together, m'friend. Good On Ya!

Almost ashamed I don't know it!

My niggah....

B Kent



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2/6/2006 1:08 AM

Kirk Lorange (4841) wrote:

One of my all time favorites. Here's my rather rough version of it, Bob:

Stream

Download

Kirk



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2/6/2006 1:27 AM

Bob Kent (10857) wrote:

I just sat back and fired one up, how cool. That's too nice, man. Are Wilfred's chords fairly accurate?

Thank you, dude.

B Kent



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2/6/2006 2:47 AM

Kirk Lorange (4841) wrote:

I guess we all have a slightly different arrangement ... That part where there's a G/F# I play as G > Am > G/B > C and that's a 3/4 bar that gets inserted there ... other than that, they seem pretty right.

That descending picking bit I do at the beginning and over the verses is the same as Wilfred's chords: G to D to Em to C.

I'll be doing a lesson for this at my Guitar for Beginners and Beyond site soon, so check in there. There may well be some lessons for tunes already there that you might want for your set, like You've Got A Friend ... Starry Starry Night ...

Kirk



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2/6/2006 6:50 AM

Chester Horton (10480) wrote:

Kirk
Anxiously awaiting this lesson. Great tune and I like you arrangement a lot.
Thanks
Chet
PS oh and again Thanks



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2/6/2006 10:34 AM

Kevin Bowling (5230) wrote:

Speaking of Starry Starry Night (aka Vincent) See if you can wrap your brain around this. Chet does this in DGDGBE and I have a tab somewhere in Tabledit format if anybody's interested. It's a tough nut to crack but the taste is well worth the effort.
Bob, you mentioned Gordon Lightfoot. What about "If You Could read My Mind"? Always been one of my favorites. If my memory isn't failing me, I think Johnny Winter has a version of "Boot Hill" on "Guitar Slinger".

Kevin
PS in case the link doesn't work it's: http://jukebox.peterlink.ru/cgi-bin/play.m3u?instrumental/chet_atkins/1994_2:11

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2/6/2006 12:17 AM

Jack Schaeffer (2093) wrote:

Hey Bob you could get a gig at the sandtrap on a friday night. They do alot of the acoustic stuff on Fridays, singles and duos....Jack



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2/6/2006 12:42 AM

Bob Kent (10857) wrote:

Hey Jack! Once I get enough material together, I'd be happy to jockey for a spot there, or most anywhere, actually.

Realistically speakin', it's gonna take me a month or more to get a songlist together for such a venue. I was looking more toward some of the clubs in Philly and the Manayunk area. Dawson's, and maybe Fergie's(on Sampson). Nice draws there, the Sandtrap is kinda dead compared to those spots.

If I'm gonna suck, I am gonna suck BIG! LOL!

Shoot me some of the audio from your last "Left Edge" gig, m'friend! You guys kick some "A", IMHO, I'd love to hear it.

And, I'd still be happy to come down and jam with you anytime!

Thanks, and be cool, bro' J!

B Kent

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2/6/2006 12:49 PM

Jim Signorile (1155) wrote:

Hiya Bob!

Having been a folk guitar player for almost 40 years, I've played a lot of Dylan, Neil Young, Lennon, etc. - especially Dylan. My favorite to do solo with was always "Mr. Tambourine Man" (which you can hear on my home page, although I had some backing for that one) - just remembering all the verses for that piece impressed people so much they forgave any musical mistakes I made! But trying to remember all the words to any Dylan song is often a challenge (how he came up with those is a mind-blower to me).

Currently I'm trying to get the words down to "White Room" by Cream. I have the rhythm down to where I don't have to think about it any more, so again the challenge is getting the verses right and in order, since the words to that don't follow any logical sequence either...but I love that song and if I could even come close to a lead like Clapton did on it, I'd be in heaven.

Good luck and have fun, my friend!
Jim



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2/6/2006 3:04 PM

Bob Kent (10857) wrote:

Hey brother Jim! Remembering the words is the big thing for me. I never really thought of singing, there were always others better suited for that end in my musical life. I have been having a blast doing it, though. Now I am trying to hard to get the lyrics together on classics like "Memphis Tennessee", or "Ramblin' Rose"(I need the progression for this one!) at certain folks' request, and I just am not that familiar with these tunes. It's real easy when you've had the song in your head for years, like "Pride and Joy" and others...

Playing is the easy part, believe me! I am slowly putting things together. I am working on many tunes on a daily basis, and will incorporate the ones I am most comfortable with as I go along.

Again, I thank you and everyone for the responses.

Like Bartles and James, "I thank you for your support." Heh heh..

All the best brother Jim!

B Kent

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