Another lesson yesterday. Master took me through the changes of Freight Trane – opening track off the Kenny Burrell and John Coltrane album that he’d lent me the week before, the head of which I’d transcribed. He zapped me off a copy of the music and I think I nailed the melody with about 90% accuracy though having some trouble ‘swinging’ at such speed, i.e. playing the swing 8th notes at 236 bpm. Working on that though and right hand is getting better.
Archive for June, 2008
Musician’s Friend didn’t deliver the goods – they wrote to me to tell me they were out of stock so I canceled the order for this baby and bought it locally.
Tried it out in the shop and it’s got this lovely warmth without being too dark. Futzed around with it for a while till I was happy then got a small discount – picked it up for $230 SGD in the end which is slightly more than MF but probably about the same once you factor in shipping and crap. As usual, impressed the pants off whoever was in the store with my demonic guitar playing, including this kid’s mom who was sitting there while he tried to pick out an EQ pedal. She couldn’t wait to throw her underwear at me.
This is cool – it allows you to zoom in to very fine detail on a bunch of memorabilia in the Hard Rock Cafe’s very extensive collection.
Yep. And I don’t mean volume or tone knobs.
If ever there was a name for a brand (now transplanted on to a guitar) that must have been dreamed up by a guy who couldn’t get dates due to his fixation on his penis size, it’s this one – Megadestroyer. So now “Sparrow-cock” guitars are building one for the guitarist who also rides the Ninja Dominator motorbike. Limpdicks with tiny maggots can apply here.
Went to the Swee Lee sale on Sunday with no intention of buying anything but ended up dropping over 2 grand on a lovely new jazz box – the Ibanez Pat Metheny PM120 signature model, natural finish. You may remember my GASeous feelings towards this guitar from here.
Saw the beauty on the stand, recognized it from its cutaway ‘horns’ and promptly grabbed it – shoving aside a pregnant woman from a chair so I could sit down for an hour and play it.
When I told the staff that I wanted to buy it, one of them disappeared round the back to get the case, emerging 5 minutes later clutching it. He then said ‘oh, it comes with a cloth of some kind too.’ Being a completist and wanting everything due to me that’s included, I said ‘ok – give me the cloth’ half expecting some small monogrammed cleaning towel that I could keep in the accessories box in the case, but no – I was completely mistaken. He returned with what I can only liken to a small sleeping bag – made from black fuzzy cloth and about 5 feet in length.
‘What am I supposed to do with this?’ I asked.
‘You put the guitar in there.’
‘I don’t know. That must be part of the endorsee’s request.’
You can see it next to the case in the bottom picture. The case can’t fit in the bag (and anyway, why would it want to?). Yes, the guitar can fit in the bag, but then the bag can’t fit in the case. The bag doesn’t offer any kind of knock protection to the guitar and can’t easily be carried if you put the guitar in it (I haven’t tried it yet).
So, my only remaining theories are:
- Pat likes drowning large numbers of kittens now and then.
- He sleeps in it up to his chest between sets.
- It’s utterly pointless.
Still – an absolutely beautiful guitar that might be a keeper. My first time with flatwounds too and I love them!