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Postby Ricardo » Wed Jan 25, 2006 9:38 pm

Has anyone tried that thing that i've seen where two people play one guitar. I tried it with a friend for a laugh and we knocked out a very rough Minor Swing. Does anyone know the best way to achieve a clearer tone?
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Postby justjack » Thu Jan 26, 2006 2:32 am

It's surprisingly not too difficult to pull off; it seems mostly to be just a matter of finding the right voicings (so that if you're chording, you aren't relying on the strings the soloist is playing). After that it's simply getting used to the positions so you're not bumping into each other too much and you're able to control your chording (which I think is usually the odder position, since it's generally the rhythm player that's standing). Try it with Dark Eyes, which is the tune it's probably most often done with.

Incidentally, you can see video of Maurice Ferre and Joseph Pouville performing it here (and as Michael writes: What better way to keep the tip jar full?):
http://tinyurl.com/dmaom

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Postby nwilkins » Thu Jan 26, 2006 4:40 am

yeah it's easy to do and you don't even need to worry about rhythm voicings too much since the soloist is fretting notes higher up on the neck so even if you hit a string he or she is playing it won't make a noise.
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Postby Ricardo » Thu Jan 26, 2006 9:44 am

Thanks guys, we'll definiately do it again as our friends thought it was amazingly funny. I guess personal hygiene is also a pre requisite!
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Postby patrick.n » Thu Jan 26, 2006 11:37 am

I saw Steve Vai and Tony Macalpine playing 2 guitars together.
I mean, fingering each others necks.
You know what I mean.
Not just chords, but widdly picked shredding-style.
It was rather incredible.
I'll try and find some footage.
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Postby edan13390 » Thu Jan 26, 2006 3:09 pm

The problem I have is not chord voicing or bumping my hand with the rhythm player, its actually finding a left handed gypsy player in Israel...Oh yeah its tough!
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Postby phil_g » Fri Jan 27, 2006 12:56 am

Moreno and Stevie did this at L'Esprit Manouche 2005
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Postby patrick.n » Fri Jan 27, 2006 12:03 pm

Stevie Royall?
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Postby nwilkins » Sat Jan 28, 2006 1:06 am

Stevie Demeter
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Postby alex42 » Sun Jan 29, 2006 12:01 pm

one play only the 3 bassstring.and the other play the 3 other string

i saw 2guy playing like that 10 years ago they where playing fingerpicking style scott joplin the entairtainer

i asked and they answered that to me
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Postby O'malley » Tue Jan 31, 2006 7:31 am

A friend and I wanted to jam for a long time and sure enough we found ourselves at a party with only one guitar, so I held the guitar and sat on his lap, and we played some nice jam-esque tunes.
Ended up playing a show and a few open mics that way, under the name
Menaje-Twang (spelling?)
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Postby justjack » Tue Jan 31, 2006 8:47 am

O'malley wrote:A friend and I wanted to jam for a long time and sure enough we found ourselves at a party with only one guitar, so I held the guitar and sat on his lap, and we played some nice jam-esque tunes.
Ended up playing a show and a few open mics that way, under the name
Menaje-Twang (spelling?)


Menage a Twang, probably? Usually too one player simply stands and leans over another who's sitting down...
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Postby stublag » Fri Feb 03, 2006 3:12 pm

The brazilian guitar duo the Assad brothers pull this off better than anybody else!
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Postby DennisC » Fri Feb 03, 2006 6:21 pm

the coolest i ever saw was one guitar player doing the left hand (fretting) and the other the right hand (picking) and they played some classical piece full of 16th notes

the next step in gypsy jazz is to play the classic 47 dark eyes solo this way
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