#1
Ok, so someone comes up you and says, "Play something on guitar".

What do you play?

Sure, all the shredders out there will probably just outshred the hell of their guitar, but I'm not very much into shredding...

I need something beautiful yet not very complicated, because basically it has to be beautiful And it ain't exactly very appealing with 100 notes per second.

Anyway, please recommend something. It should be about 40 seconds long. Please please help, I really need your help!

Because I'm a fairly good guitarist, I know most of the theory and have a pretty decent technique but I absolutely suck balls when someone actually asks me to play something. Because I only learn all these, you know, riffs, that sound great with bass, drums and vocals, but not solo.

I hope you understand. Thank you.
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#2
Well if you know theory then you should be able to easily improvise along a few scale positions in whatever key?
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well dude that is somewhat true.. but inspiration and desire it takes .... um... idk give me some hints on what you like i mean what kind of music.
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#4
Well, ok, that's what I do, no problem.

But I'm asking for a cool-sounding piece that is, kind of, self-sufficient, so it sounds good without bass, drums and an actual song. Maybe even something classical, no problem.
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#5
I'm very much into heavy shit right now, but I'm actually asking for something bluesy, you know? Something fairly slow (not because of limited ability, but because of appeal) and really emotional.
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#6
Yeah, do some improvising and some interesting chord progressions.
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#7
Actually, I can play metal riffs, so if a metalhead asks me to play, I will play something he'd like.

I'm talking about random people, who just want something really really beautiful.

P.S. Sorry for 3 posts...
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Yeah, do some improvising and some interesting chord progressions.

that's usually what I do when people ask me to play... (random people that is)
just a few chords progressions
#9
Do some fingerpicked arpeggios of jazzy chords, and some funky 9th and 13th chords.
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#10
if you want songs, here's a couple good ones in different genres

Jimi Hendrix - Little Wing
Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here (very simple, but it always impresses)
Foo Fighters - Everlong (girls love this one)
Alice in Chains - Rotten Apple
Stevie Ray Vaughan - Pride and Joy
Iron & Wine - Such Great Heights (if you have a capo and are willing to sing)
#11
I play a little lick on Jewish Phrygian, Mozart's Symphony in G, or a walking jazz line.
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#13
Can I suggest SRVs version of Little Wing too. I think it's even more beautiful than Hendrix's.

I'd avoid playing SRV - Pride and Joy because it's one of those songs that is alot harder to play than it looks.

How about playing Gary Moore - Parisienne Walkways
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I know that, but it's certainly not that impressive if you don't appreciate the techniques involved.
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#16
haha, this happened to me today and i started playing some Guns n Roses not a wise idea, if your going acoustic or you haven't got a clean sustainable amp, if its a random person just improvise over the pentatonic scale i suppose, or play some well known riff which u can improvise off
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Stevie Ray Vaughan - Scuttle Buttin'

It'l take a while to learn, but its a great little collection of licks
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Just mess around with simple pentatonic scales, Very simple and easy and it sounds good slow.
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Midnight - Joe Satriani. Is impressive for non-guitarist, beginner guitarist or non-technical guitarist and is sound great.

To Live is To Die - Metallica . Play the clean part of the interlude.

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here is somthin easy but nice to be alone its really short tho..
Warmness on the soul by Avenged sevenfold.. look for the full song tab and the solo is at the begining of that tab its the correct one
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Midnight - Joe Satriani. Is impressive for non-guitarist, beginner guitarist or non-technical guitarist and is sound great.

To Live is To Die - Metallica . Play the clean part of the interlude.

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Beautiful song. Sounds great solo.
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Do some fingerpicked arpeggios of jazzy chords, and some funky 9th and 13th chords.

cant forget those 7th's too.. im really gettin into jazz myself..
#25
ooh you can do emily by from first to last, the girls love it =] the emo/scene ones at least lol an imo it just sounds pretty good an is really simple, and the whole song is just 2 acoustics an vox that you can easily do while play the rythem part an you could try the lead to an sing is not that hard of a song..
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cant forget those 7th's too.. im really gettin into jazz myself..


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#28
Ok, thanks for all the suggestions! Gonna learn something tomorrow!
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#29
if u can sing SRV's Life by the Drop and play it together u'll definitely impress, funny how just about everyone suggested SRV, ok ok... Is there Anybody Out There - Pink Floyd, easy, classical, nice sounding, impressive to the listener... all u could want in a show off piece, nice quote BTW
#30
if your good then that paschabells cannon song, thats really cool on guitar.
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Eugene's Trick Bag

Pretty much DESIGNED to be an etude that's impressive and musical to a non-guitarist.
#32
i find that people who dont play, will get all hot and bothered over anything they recognize.

for example a parent, aunt or uncle? billy joel or some nonesense.
a young girl? anything on the radio.
a guy friend? metallica, that sort of thing.


it's a little upsetting to play something difficult, full of techniques, only to have mom walk away asking if uve cleaned ur room yet.
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