#1
Looking to spice things up when playing live, playing behind my head is getting a bit dull so I'm gonna try and play behind my back, but I can't figure out how to get it behind my back quickly and efficiently (and withotu choking myself on an 200 pound guitar)
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#2
Playing behind your head is plain boring, people have been doing it for half a century. And honestly playing behind your back would look pretty tacky
#3
Well I have no idea what else to do. Most of the gigs I do are in spaces too small to really do anything.
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#4
Quote by Guitar2theface
Well I have no idea what else to do. Most of the gigs I do are in spaces too small to really do anything.

Sway to the music but what do you play live?
#5
Mixture of a lot of stuff, last gig consisted of Guns N Roses, Blink 182, and the Foo Fighters.
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#6
Just Hendrix and Vai on the stage with their emotional playing.

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#7
If you can, jump off the stage and go as close the crowd when your doing a solo. That usually works really well. On a side not, you could spin around in circles, that seems to be the new fad :P
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Just Hendrix and Vai on the stage with their emotional playing.


+1

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#10
Where I usually do gigs, there isn't a raised platform, and the fact that I'm wired up might make spinning end hilariously (not for me though =/)
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#12
The best way to put your guitar behind your back would be to place it in it's stand and turn around.

I mean.... If you have to ask....
#13
Have you watched Hendrix play at Monterey Pop? Aside from him setting his guitar on fire and everything that has already been mentioned, he does play the guitar while it was behind his back and with his teeth.

Just put your body into your playing while you play. Paul Gilbert even did a lesson on it.
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#14
Check out Stevie Ray Vaughn, Live at El Mocambo...Can't remember which song it is (but the whole thing is worth checking out). At one point, he spins and when he has come full circle, the guitar is behind his back. Definitely worth checking out. As much as I like A7X, don't just stand there masturbating your guitar...
#15
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Check out Stevie Ray Vaughn, Live at El Mocambo...Can't remember which song it is (but the whole thing is worth checking out). At one point, he spins and when he has come full circle, the guitar is behind his back. Definitely worth checking out. As much as I like A7X, don't just stand there masturbating your guitar...


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h5tS5V9DIG0

I was thinking the same thing. Skip to about 7:30
#16
It looks like he took his strap off, and put it back on behind his back, is that about right?

I think this'd be easier with a lighter guitar =/
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#18
the best way too spice up your shows is to interact with the band and the audience,

5% want to hear you 95% want to get drunk or laid

putting on a a good show through interaction and a well choreographed set will win over the majority. (the avenged sevenfold vid...they knew exactly where to stand and were acting towards the crowd throughout) if it`s a proper rock club like my local one they might have a dedicated lighting engineer (send him a demo or invite him to a practice)

ever heard a band say "so what shall we play next"....they already know what there going to play, it`s just they are interacting with the crowd to make them feel that they are part of the gig. doesn`t matter whether you are playing to 20 peeps or 2000 peeps principle rule applies.

swinging your guitar round on small stages is only going to knock someone out, cause a riot and trash you gear.
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#20
I struggled with this at first. You have to have your strap pretty much the longest it could be then you simply put your right hand on your neck and then swing it out behind you, then you go about taking the left hand putting it on the neck and then playing a solo.
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#21
Quote by Guitar2theface
Well I have no idea what else to do. Most of the gigs I do are in spaces too small to really do anything.


Go rent The Who live at Kilburn 1977 and Jimi Hendrix at the Monterey Pop Festival. don't just copy though, doing that looks emotionless. Just go with what feels right with the music.
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#22
Does anyone else think that Attack Attack looks like a bunch of apes in that video? On the bright side, I liked that little running thing
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#23
If you want to look badass playing guitar on stage, you have to be natural and cannot look like you're trying too hard which is exactly what you're going to end up doing by pulling a ton of gimmicks. It just looks precanned and lame in general. Hendrix can pull stuff off like that because he's Hendrix.
#25
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I was thinking the same thing.
Haha, so was I
First thing that came to my head. If you could do what SRV did, for example: watch his cover of Voodoo Chile (Slight Return), he plays with his fretting hand only for about 10-20 seconds. I can't remember if Hendrix actually did this (I don't think he did), but eitherway, it looks absolutely stunning.
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#26
To play it behind your back, best to have your strap on your shoulder rather than over you.

But people don't see that as a very cool trick, over the head may be "boring" for you, but it wows people.
#27
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Haha, so was I
First thing that came to my head. If you could do what SRV did, for example: watch his cover of Voodoo Chile (Slight Return), he plays with his fretting hand only for about 10-20 seconds. I can't remember if Hendrix actually did this (I don't think he did), but eitherway, it looks absolutely stunning.


Hendrix has done it . He does it at Woodstock and some other concerts.
#28
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Hendrix has done it . He does it at Woodstock and some other concerts.
Well eitherway - I still like watching it being done over and over again
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