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(Onion AV Club)   An interview with the unsung hero of The Police, Andy Summers   (avclub.com) divider line 22
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2012-12-24 06:49:57 PM
Always being looked upon as the lesser influential member of The Police must really sting.
 
2012-12-24 07:10:02 PM
He is great. My two favorite Police songs are Mother and Behind my Camel. His post-Police stuff blows Sting's out of the water.
 
2012-12-24 07:19:09 PM
I was trying to place that face...
 
2012-12-24 07:54:39 PM
And here I thought it was going to be the guy who played Tackleberry, who I thought was given short shrift in the film.
 
2012-12-24 07:54:42 PM
Thanks, subs.

/Solo sting sucks, pardon the alliteration.
 
2012-12-24 08:07:54 PM
They were saying how hard 'Message In a Bottle' was to play.. and I never thought so... There's this 5-fret stretch you have to do to play the 9th arpeggiated chord thing and I don't remember having difficulty playing it... Maybe because it was so long ago...

It's one of my 'go to' practice pieces because it's so satisfying to play..
 
2012-12-24 08:19:25 PM

AeAe: They were saying how hard 'Message In a Bottle' was to play.. and I never thought so... There's this 5-fret stretch you have to do to play the 9th arpeggiated chord thing and I don't remember having difficulty playing it... Maybe because it was so long ago...

It's one of my 'go to' practice pieces because it's so satisfying to play..


I didn't get that they were saying it's hard to play on individual instruments so much as it's hard for a band (esp. three-piece) to play. (And I've heard some horrid covers of that song.)

May've mis-read it, though.
 
2012-12-24 08:33:23 PM
this seems a good opportunity to let everyone know that I hate the Police and every song they ever wrote.
 
2012-12-24 09:13:10 PM

AeAe: They were saying how hard 'Message In a Bottle' was to play.. and I never thought so... There's this 5-fret stretch you have to do to play the 9th arpeggiated chord thing and I don't remember having difficulty playing it... Maybe because it was so long ago...

It's one of my 'go to' practice pieces because it's so satisfying to play..


you could also just play a suspended 2nd chord the first two times. Every breath you take is actually pretty tough though
 
2012-12-24 09:34:21 PM
Where is Puff Daddy anyway?

/you know what, nevermind
 
2012-12-24 10:06:40 PM

moothemagiccow: Every breath you take is actually pretty tough though


Funny enough I never had a hard time playing it, on a Stratocaster no less.
 
2012-12-24 11:00:40 PM

Spanky_McFarksalot: this seems a good opportunity to let everyone know that I hate the Police and every song they ever wrote.


How could anyone hate such a jam?!? LINK
 
2012-12-25 01:01:24 AM

moothemagiccow: AeAe: They were saying how hard 'Message In a Bottle' was to play.. and I never thought so... There's this 5-fret stretch you have to do to play the 9th arpeggiated chord thing and I don't remember having difficulty playing it... Maybe because it was so long ago...

It's one of my 'go to' practice pieces because it's so satisfying to play..

you could also just play a suspended 2nd chord the first two times. Every breath you take is actually pretty tough though


sus 2 is the same as an added 9th chord.

The main progression off the top of my head is C#m9 | Aadd9 | Badd9 | F#m (7th?) | ..
 
2012-12-25 01:03:56 AM

frequencyfarm: Spanky_McFarksalot: this seems a good opportunity to let everyone know that I hate the Police and every song they ever wrote.

How could anyone hate such a jam?!? LINK


Such a great song. I can never get that damn bass part. Sting has such a great groove on this one.
 
2012-12-25 01:26:20 AM
Sting like a restraining order..... they are both useless unless the police are backing them up.
 
2012-12-25 03:10:22 AM

ten foiled hats: AeAe: They were saying how hard 'Message In a Bottle' was to play.. and I never thought so... There's this 5-fret stretch you have to do to play the 9th arpeggiated chord thing and I don't remember having difficulty playing it... Maybe because it was so long ago...

It's one of my 'go to' practice pieces because it's so satisfying to play..

I didn't get that they were saying it's hard to play on individual instruments so much as it's hard for a band (esp. three-piece) to play. (And I've heard some horrid covers of that song.)

May've mis-read it, though.


I read it the same way. It's easy to "play" it. Now get a 3-piece band together and play it, and make it sound just like the recording with all the dynamics and nuances (disregarding the solo licks which take a second guitar). Not easy.
 
2012-12-25 06:24:01 AM
let's see

part of the problem: Sting IS like a restraining order..... they are both useless unless the police are backing them up.


ftfy but very very funny..

let's tally shall we?

Stink or Stinge as he is called by his crew: Bedmates with arms dealer Adnan Khashoggi.... fake accent and a phony nosejob... Sang "Englishman in New York" with a phony reggae accent while his phony upper crust one was in the shop. Also a Geordie. ( like a yob..but from Newcastle...)


Stewart Copeland: Son of one of the biggest bastards the CIA ever produced. Whole family full of successful asshats really... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miles_Copeland,_Jr. Brilliant drummer/musician though.

Andy Summers: Awesome guitar player, amazing photographer, wrote most of the cool stuff the police did. From all accounts, a really nice guy.
 
2012-12-25 07:42:29 AM
He's the reason potential employers or dates ask me if I play guitar when they google me.

/same name first, middle, last
 
2012-12-25 08:51:44 AM

AeAe: moothemagiccow: AeAe: They were saying how hard 'Message In a Bottle' was to play.. and I never thought so... There's this 5-fret stretch you have to do to play the 9th arpeggiated chord thing and I don't remember having difficulty playing it... Maybe because it was so long ago...

It's one of my 'go to' practice pieces because it's so satisfying to play..

you could also just play a suspended 2nd chord the first two times. Every breath you take is actually pretty tough though

sus 2 is the same as an added 9th chord.

The main progression off the top of my head is C#m9 | Aadd9 | Badd9 | F#m (7th?) | ..


My hands are not quite big enough, so on acoustic I'll capo up 2 frets to make it playable.
 
2012-12-25 03:26:48 PM

ertznay: He is great. My two favorite Police songs are Mother and Behind my Camel. His post-Police stuff blows Sting's out of the water.


"Omegaman" off GHOSTS IN THE MACHINE and "Someone To Talk To", which can be found on their box set, are two songs of his that are really great.

I really like how he plays. And the arrangements and musicianship of all three of those guys was always impressive.
 
2012-12-26 01:19:02 AM
Anyone here a fan of his work with Robert Fripp?

Two albums:
I advanced masked
and
Bewitched
 
2012-12-26 12:34:59 PM

ten foiled hats: Thanks, subs.

/Solo sting sucks, pardon the alliteration.


I don't really listen to it but, the fact that he makes it is important
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