Guitar Break #8

More stuff I made up while noodling around…

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Guitar Break #7

Never miss a chance to take a break and make some noise…

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Guitar Break #6

Noodling around on the USA Hamer Newport. You can’t really see the orange-sparkle finish on the hand-carved, spruce arch-top, but it looks nice in person. Here’s a little bit of bluesy nonsense I came up with for fun.

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Guitar Break #5

Noodling around on my orange-sparkle, 2000, USA Hamer Newport hollow body guitar with Seymour Duncan Phat-Cat P90 pickups. I made this “tune” up, which is why it’s so lame.

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Guitar Break #4

Taking another break to play some nonsense I made up on my 1989 USA Hamer Californian.

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Guitar Break #3

Taking a break from the drawing board, here’s another piece of guitar nonsense I came up with several years ago. There are a few obvious mistakes, but I can’t seem to get through a song without making errors no matter how many times I’ve played it. Anyway, let me know what you think…

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Guitar Break #2

Making up a quick musical doodle on my break…

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Guitar Break #1

The the thing about social media is you can either post the same thing everywhere or do something different for every separate site; I’ve made the judicious decision to opt for the latter, somewhat lazier course, so if you’ve already seen this elsewhere yesterday, just ignore it.

Anyway, this is me (in my work uniform) taking a break from toiling at the drawing board (or, rather, the Cintiq). This was a little tune I made up. It’s not really a “song”, since it’s short, has no singing or additional instruments, and isn’t really structured. But, hey, it’s fun to play. Anyway, I tend to get nervous in front of a camera, so there are a lot of little mistakes, but you’ll get the gist of it.

The guitar is my Hamer Californian; one of my three Hamers.

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Starting My Workday

Many a day I wake up at the crack of noon, get dressed (in something that covers my underwear), and walk to work (down the hall) to begin work by “warming up”.

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A Different Kind of Art

Deviating from the visual arts today, I thought I’d share a picture of my toys with which I engage in the art of music. In this case, it’s only a hobby and not a vocation, but it’s something that provides a lot of personal enjoyment while still being creative.

These are all USA made Hamer guitars. I tried to get different styles of guitars to cover different styles of music, so I’m pretty much done acquiring guitars (to the relief of my wife, whom I still owe a new kitchen floor).

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From left to right: 2000 Hamer Newport, 1994 Hamer T-51, and 1989 Hamer Californian (the only one of the three I purchased new).

 

The thing is, one can only sit and draw/paint for so long before getting restless. When those moments of restlessness hit, I crank on an amp, pick up one of these fiddles and, if no one is home, proceed to shake the walls. Although, with the hollow body on the left, it’s great for jazz tones, so I’m enjoying trying to play quietly on the little Musicmaster Bass amp. It’s different, but a nice change of pace.

I suppose I could have found something else to distract me when I get restless, but for now this is it. (I actually have a 2009 EVH Wolfgang sitting in its case in a corner out of frame, but I’m selling that, so I didn’t bother including it in this photo of my Hamer trifecta).

So what do you do when you’ve sat at your drawing board, easel, or computer/Cintiq for too long and get restless?

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