Still having twitching flashbacks to Saturday night, playing bass at a gig with Helen and Fran, two left-handed guitarists. It's hard enough 'reading' a leftie, but Helen plays a left-handed guitar, and Fran plays a right-handed guitar upside-down (top E at the top of the guitar, bottom E at the bottom, all chord shapes upside-down).
But it gets worse. We were playing a cover of Nanci Griffiths' Is This All There Is?. I was playing the song on open strings in Emaj, Fran was playing in Dmaj with a capo on the second fret, and Helen was playing in Cmaj with a capo on the fourth fret.
We were all a bit rusty, so I usually shout chords to people (I never forget a song. I can't remember what day of the week it is, but I never forget a song). Except, I had to transpose what I was playing up a tone for Fran, and up a fourth for Helen: "C, Helen! Not you Fran, you're in D!", whilst I am trying to riff on E. So I am shouting "Helen! F, Dmin, C! Fran! G, Emin, D!" while I am trying to play A, F#min, E.
Funnily enough, we made it without a dropped note. Then we moved on to Gram Parsons and Emmylou Harris' Juanita, in Ab, with a key change up to Bb. Ab is not a key to a bass player, it's a punishment. What did I do wrong, oh FSM? What did I do wrong?
"I don't mean to sound bitter, cynical or cruel; but I am, so that's how it comes out." ~ Bill Hicks.
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