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    I get asked sometimes how long I've played the guitar. The fact is, I have no memory of ever NOT playing the guitar. I do, however, have a striking recollection of the exact moment the guitar became an obsession. Sometime in 1968 watching the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour this came on. btw about 1:10 is a pretty astounding drum fill given the lead instrument is a nylon-stringed guitar!

    The quality of the video is poor, but imagine this was 1968! This became a huge hit for decades. I think it might be the only instrumental on a nylon stringed guitar that became an international hit! Seriously, #1 on my "bucket list" is playing this song in an ensemble like this...



    Originally entitled "Classical Gasoline" meaning fuel for practicing the classical guitar but abbreviated into 60's slang "It's a gas..." So... I pulled out the backing track (created by Mason Williams himself) and ran through this a couple times and rolled tape. A few clams, but this song still has the magic for me. It has been some time since I seriously picked up my classical guitar. I might try some standards on it!


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    Wow! Thanks, Lawson!

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    Me too.

    I was about 11 years old, it was probably 1968 or 69, and I eas bored with a guitar teacher's material that I was being given. I said I wanted to learn Classical Gas, that was like a gateway drug for me. The first piece I put a ton of effort into, learning that song way back then is maybe why I still play today.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fep
    Me too.

    I was about 11 years old, it was probably 1968 or 69, and I eas bored with a guitar teacher's material that I was being given. I said I wanted to learn Classical Gas, that was like a gateway drug for me. The first piece I put a ton of effort into, learning that song way back then is maybe why I still play today.
    Yes. I saw that performance on TV and bought the album. I found a very crude sheet music publication of it and spent a summer on my grandparents' farm dropping and lifting the needle, looking at the score, and using Fredrick Noad's Playing the Guitar as a manual to classical technique and notation reading.

    By summer's end I could play it. I could not play anything else, but I could play "Classical Gas."

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    Bravo!

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    Excellent! Thanks for doing the video and posting it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lawson-stone
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    I think it might be the only instrumental on a nylon stringed guitar that became an international hit!

    Great tune and great playing Lawson


    .. but with regards to your international hit claim


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    ... I think this thread should not go forward without mentioning Tommy Emmanuel....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lobomov
    Great tune and great playing Lawson


    .. but with regards to your international hit claim

    Beautiful! Any time a classical guitar recording goes global we all win!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gabor
    ... I think this thread should not go forward without mentioning Tommy Emmanuel....

    The only thing more amazing than Tommy's playing in this video is seeing him play it live. From 25 feet away.

    Ask me how I know....lol




    Well played Lawson....really well done.




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    Last edited by Brian B; 01-19-2020 at 10:16 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lobomov
    Great tune and great playing Lawson


    .. but with regards to your international hit claim

    One of my favorite tunes from one of my favorite flicks...