Ummm... Hotel-friendly guitar practice?

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  • StixxUK 10 Feb 2010 20:23:24 7,293 posts
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    I'm working away from home at the moment and thought that among other things it'd be good to be able to practice a bit of guitar while I'm away. Getting the train up at the start of the week, hotelling it all week then coming back.

    Can anyone think of a way I can make this work?

    I was thinking of keeping the guitar in the office over the weekends and having a headphone/amp to be able to play in the room. Anyone got any bright ideas? Can I get a folding guitar from somewhere?

    Otherwise I'll be reduced to trying to compose stuff on my laptop.
  • otto Moderator 10 Feb 2010 20:24:29 49,335 posts
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    You're asking how you can practise the guitar without a guitar?

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  • askew 10 Feb 2010 20:25:34 12,729 posts
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    Elastic bands.

    Tissue box.
  • StixxUK 10 Feb 2010 20:27:41 7,293 posts
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    otto wrote:
    You're asking how you can practise the guitar without a guitar?
    No... does it read like that?

    The only way I've worked out is that I could have a headphone amp and a (cheap) guitar that I bring up once then keep in the office at weekends and take to the hotel with me when I'm staying there.
  • Hunam 10 Feb 2010 20:28:39 20,674 posts
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    You can't just practice on an electric without it being plugged in? That's how I've always done it.
  • otto Moderator 10 Feb 2010 20:29:01 49,335 posts
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    Well that sounds a bit like what I do - I have a cheap guitar on standby. If you have a laptop you can bypass the need for an amp if you have something like the TonePort, just use headphones with that.

    Or yeah, just don't plug it in.

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  • mrharvest 10 Feb 2010 20:29:25 5,203 posts
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    How about just a plain vanilla acoustic? Most hotel rooms are pretty well sound-proofed.
  • Hunam 10 Feb 2010 20:30:09 20,674 posts
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    They have to be, with all the hooker drug sex.

    I guess the point was a guitar was too big? I'm not sure that's something which can be got around...
  • StixxUK 10 Feb 2010 20:33:44 7,293 posts
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    Probably run the guitar through the laptop then... I want to be able to put some distortion on it.
  • Beeper85 10 Feb 2010 20:34:07 135 posts
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    You need a pignose pg100 if you can get your hands on one. Got one myself when I was down west coast of US. Great fun little guitar
  • AaronTurner 10 Feb 2010 20:34:11 7,886 posts
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    http://www.dv247.com/guitars/vox-amplug-metal-guitar-headphone-amp--47607
  • Beeper85 10 Feb 2010 20:36:21 135 posts
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    Here - http://www.guitarampkeyboard.com/en/pgg-100-guitar/10343
  • StixxUK 10 Feb 2010 20:56:19 7,293 posts
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    Thanks guys lots of exactly the kind of thing I was hoping for :)

    I think the metal headphone amp or one of the Line6 Studio interfaces for the computer might do the trick. Differences being price, convenience and flexibility of sound.

    Suppose there's always the good old "both" option!
  • otto Moderator 10 Feb 2010 21:23:35 49,335 posts
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    Wow, so I am now giving acceptable guitar advice?

    My ability to bullshit successfully sometimes surprises even me :D

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  • AaronTurner 10 Feb 2010 21:26:08 7,886 posts
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    The good thing about the headphone one is it doesn't need anything other than headphones to work. No starting up a laptop, finding power etc. I'm going to get one for when I'm out on tour I think, practise in a quiet corner.
  • mrpon 10 Feb 2010 21:58:33 29,587 posts
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    One of the guitar iPhone apps?

    Give yourself 5 or gig, you're worth it.

  • Rowlsten 11 Feb 2010 00:13:24 674 posts
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    Silent guitar
  • FWB 11 Feb 2010 00:25:17 45,627 posts
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    AaronTurner wrote:
    http://www.dv247.com/guitars/vox-amplug-metal-guitar-headphone-amp--47607

    This is surprisingly good. Recommend it alot.
  • neilka 11 Feb 2010 00:40:02 16,539 posts
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    Put one of the "adult movies" on at full volume, it'll drown out the guitar and nobody is going to dare to knock on your door.

    BAAANG!!!!! EXPLOTION!!!!!

  • Salaman 11 Feb 2010 10:48:57 19,621 posts
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    Just buy a travel guitar. That's what I used when I was traveling lots for work.
    I bought the Aria Sinsonido which is similar to the Yamaha silent guitar Rowlsten linked to but costs 250.
  • d0bbo 11 Feb 2010 11:19:30 688 posts
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  • jonsaan 11 Feb 2010 11:22:51 25,440 posts
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    Yeah, travel guitar all day long.


    Such as the hofner shorty.

    FCUTA!

  • boo 11 Feb 2010 11:23:27 11,943 posts
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    Talking of guitars (sorry to derail the thread).

    It's my birthday soon, and as a drummer I've not been big on playing tunes. I dabble a bit with a bass, but I fancy having a bash at guitar.

    I was thinking of asking Mrs Boo for an inexpensive acoustic guitar (in case I get bored in a couple of weeks) and a book of chords.

    Can anybody recommend either a suitable guitar, a good chord book, or both?

    Ta!

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  • Salaman 11 Feb 2010 11:25:02 19,621 posts
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    GET IN!
  • Fab4 12 Feb 2010 08:07:08 6,216 posts
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    Get a Boss Micro BR. Portable 4 track digital recorder with guitar effects/amp modelling and percussian. Has headphone socket for silent play :)
  • DoctorZoidberg 12 Feb 2010 13:02:15 214 posts
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    @boo

    Hmm, well you defo don't want to spend over a 100 if your not sure your going to stick at it.

    http://www.guitarbitz.com/350.htm

    Thats a nice guitar, I've got one of those lying around in the living room. I use it as my mill around guitar, whilst I keep my expensive ones in the music room.

    Edit, as for chord books. Hard to say. for learning chords I use this great resource :

    http://www.chordbook.com/guitarchords.php

    Another link you will see thrown around is Justin Guitar. I personally don't use it very much as I'm at a level slightly above most of the lessons. (its mostly for real beginners).
  • coastal 12 Feb 2010 13:26:12 5,390 posts
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    StixxUK wrote:
    Thanks guys lots of exactly the kind of thing I was hoping for :)

    I think the metal headphone amp or one of the Line6 Studio interfaces for the computer might do the trick. Differences being price, convenience and flexibility of sound.

    Suppose there's always the good old "both" option!

    Get the line 6 pocket pod. You'll spend all night just twiddling your knobs though

    bf3: sergeant_shaftoe

  • StixxUK 26 Feb 2010 16:43:42 7,293 posts
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    God damn it! Got that headphone amp thing and it doesn't fit my guitar. The sticky out bit hits the bridge before it can go far enough in to make a proper connection.

    Works fine on my 40 quid strat copy p.o.s. and it makes a great sound. I guess I'm going to have to run it through some ridiculous 1/4" extension lead.
  • OllyJ 26 Feb 2010 18:36:24 3,303 posts
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    I have a tone port and a vox amp, both very good. but both with different uses, Voxamp is great for ease of use, no laptop required.

    Toneport is great for sketching ideas down, you can't record in a studio all the time, the last 2 weeks i have been sketching out a big doom epic, it's great coz I know it works compositionally, now I could go and do it properly in a studio or whatever was available.
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