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Offline Warwick

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"Instrument memory"?
« on: October 23, 2008, 07:33:39 AM »
Took my '72 Jazz to band practice for the first time last night. I had a bass just like this from about '73 to '77, when I was playing lots of gigs. Last night, I swear I started remembering lines and riffs that I hadn't played since the 70's. Seems like the feel of that neck triggered a bunch of brain cells that had been lying dormant and I came out with all this retro stuff I'd forgotten.
I've had this experience before, where something about an instrument - the varnish smell of my first acoustic, or the slinky feel of a good Strat - can take you back to the music you associate with it.
Am I dreaming or is there something in it?
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« Reply #1 on: October 23, 2008, 08:01:18 AM »
They do say the sense of smell is the sense strongest tied to memory. I've had smells pop up here and there around town that will take me right back to moments in childhood.

My first bass amp of any significance was a Fender BXR 100. It had a very distinct smell to it. This was over 10 years ago.

I went into my local store and found one in the used section, same smell and everything, immediately made me think of shows i played that i had not thought about in years...


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« Reply #2 on: October 23, 2008, 09:07:51 AM »
OH YEAH! It's not your imagination. The same thing happens to me when I pick up my old Jazz.It has a different feel than the one I gig with currently, and suddenly old riffs and tunes come to me that I haven't touched for 30 years. Just recently I ripped off the Stevie Wonder riff from Sir Duke out of thin air. Wouldn't have happened on a newer bass. I thought it was just me!

Also, I recently ran into the smell of my first amp.....an Ampeg B25, and WOW!! Suddenly I'm in Gary's basement with him and Russ playing Free and Grand Funk tunes! Smell's a powerful thang!
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« Reply #3 on: October 23, 2008, 04:29:15 PM »
No, it's not just you Warwick.  I pulled out my '76 Ibanez musician the other day, gave her a restring and all of a sudden Steely Dan, ARS and Style council riffs came flyin' off my fretboard.  Stuff I'd not thought about playing since the late 70's.
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« Reply #4 on: October 24, 2008, 05:47:16 AM »
+1.  I find when I'm in a store and I pick up a Jazz or Precision, I start playing differently.

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« Reply #5 on: October 24, 2008, 08:00:35 AM »
The same thing happens to me when I strap on my 72. I used that bass from 72 to 95 for countless gigs. Even with all the Jazz bass idiosyncrasy's whenever I go back to the Jazz it just feels like being home. I've numerous offers to sell it but the bass just speaks to me and selling it would be like selling one of my kids-just can't do it.

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Offline The Mad Hatter

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« Reply #6 on: October 26, 2008, 11:07:28 AM »
Been there and done that several times with the ol' sense's. The human mind is quite a piece of work. A couple of years back, I had the chance to visit a home that I grew up in at a very young age. The house had been re-modeled, but the attic area was un-touched. I went up the steps into the area and instantly the smell of the wood and all....I was there again. Same smell and look. Just a little FYI.

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« Reply #7 on: October 26, 2008, 05:36:37 PM »
Nothing smells as good as an old Twin Reverb...

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« Reply #8 on: October 26, 2008, 07:40:56 PM »
quote:
Originally posted by The Mad Hatter

Been there and done that several times with the ol' sense's. The human mind is quite a piece of work. A couple of years back, I had the chance to visit a home that I grew up in at a very young age. The house had been re-modeled, but the attic area was un-touched. I went up the steps into the area and instantly the smell of the wood and all....I was there again. Same smell and look. Just a little FYI.

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