Fun with a coat hanger...
Yes, I'm incredibly bored. No, I don't know what made me want to try this.
I found that you can rub a plastic coat hanger across the strings to get some cool sounds. It works best when you use a smooth part of the bottom of the hanger, not along a plastic seam. If you can't get it to work try pressing down harder.
Sounds like you're reinventing the slide guitar. They used to use kitchen knives and the like to slide back in the beginnings.
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Try playing like that using a tin whistle while blowing it at the same time - gives a really interesting effect.
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Hey, I tried this and got nothing.
Am I supposed to remove my coat first?
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I'm talking about rubbing it across the strings sorta like a bow, not using it as a slider.
When I do that, I get the same effect I would by rubbing a slide across the strings like a bow. Has anyone tried playing their guitar with a violin bow like Jimmy page does? It seems like a tricky thing to do...
There was a thread going about this maybe 4 months ago or so. Using a violin bow on electric guitar, that is. I wanted to try it as my son was taking a few violin lessons at the time. He had to return the violin before I could experiment with it. :( Just thought I'd let you know in case anyone wanted to look up the thread.
I've seen Jimmy Page do guitar bowing on the Led Zeppelin DVD. He presses down on the strings above the nut while bowing to get open string bends, hits the strings with the bow, and he migrates his left hand up and down the strings with a wah pedal. When he runs his hand up and down the strings he doesn't neccicarily fret anything just presses down. He even goes down to 3 inches from the bridge while going nuts with the bow and wah to get these really high pitched sounds.
He also uses the bow tapping with a echo or delay effect and does this theatrical type wand/bow waving. Cool stuff.
And in that other thread they talked about the strings being all too flat on strats. There's no arch to them to select induvidual strings. From what I remember, Page adjusted the bridge action to be higher in the middle strings and lower on the outside strings. I've seen him do bowing on a Tele.