I haven't played a stringed instrument since high school, but "Captain Beefheart's 10 Commandments of Guitar Playing" sounds like damned good advice for whatever you're passionate about.
...2. Your guitar is not really a guitar
Captain Beefheart's 10 Commandments of Guitar Playing
Your guitar is a divining rod. Use it to find spirits in the other world and bring them over. A guitar is also a fishing rod. If you're good, you'll land a big one.
3. Practice in front of a bush
Wait until the moon is out, then go outside, eat a multi-grained bread and play your guitar to a bush. If the bush doesn't shake, eat another piece of bread...
7. Always carry a church key
That's your key-man clause. Like One String Sam. He's one. He was a Detroit street musician who played in the fifties on a homemade instrument. His song "I Need a Hundred Dollars" is warm pie. Another key to the church is Hubert Sumlin, Howlin' Wolf's guitar player. He just stands there like the Statue of Liberty -- making you want to look up her dress the whole time to see how he's doing it.
8. Don't wipe the sweat off your instrument
You need that stink on there. Then you have to get that stink onto your music.
(via Making Light
(Image: Trout Mask Replica, a Creative Commons Attribution Share-Alike (2.0) image from seventime's photostream)
http://media4.s-nbcnews.com/j/newscms/2015_48/1319161/cards_ea78471a9203889bf04ad6bd3d865ebe.nbcnews-ux-600-480.jpg On Black Friday, Cards Against Humanity sold the “experience of buying nothing” for $5 a pop. This stunt earned them over $71,000 in sales. As a way of thanking their customers, the staff posted the stuff they bought with the money. I wish they had taken the cash, poured gas on it and burned […]
This 115-year-old smokestack in Pell City, Alabama didn’t go down without a fight. The 158-foot chimney survived two attempts to demolish it with explosives. That’s when Tim Phifer was brought in to knock it over with a backhoe. But in a final throe of resistentialism, the smokestack decided to collapse on the backhoe burying it […]
Ringo Starr’s personal copy of The White Album, the first pressing of the album, numbered 0000001, is up for auction. The current high bid is $55,000. From Julien’s Auctions: It has been widely known among collectors that the four members of the Beatles kept numbers 1 through 4, but it was not commonly known that […]
Celebrate Cyber Monday with some brain food. Save on any eLearning deal in the Boing Boing Store today using coupon code: CYBERMONDAY25. Below are a couple of our favorite eLearning offers: eduCBA Tech Training Bundle: Lifetime Subscription:Welcome to your personal online classroom, where you can finally study at your own pace, on your own time (and […]
This minimalist multi-tool will see to it that instead of rocking a tool belt, you’ll carry just one. It’s shaped slightly like a key and weighs less than an ounce, so it plays nice with your keychain. The strong surgical-grade stainless steel blade will last, and is handy for everyday tasks like opening boxes and […]
The Code Black is our top-selling drone of all time—and for good reason. This powerful, palm-size drone is not only insanely fun to fly, but can capture some serious video footage from up above. With a flight time of about 10 minutes and an ultra-smooth ride, it’s a great introductory drone for anyone looking to […]