Sean Lally

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Play Guitar in 7 Days!

Artist Song Buy
Jonathan Richman  Roadrunner  buy on itunes
Buddy Holly  Oh Boy!  buy on itunes
Marshall Crenshaw  Cynical Girl  buy on itunes
The Beatles  Words of Love  buy on itunes
The Ramones  Blitzkrieg Bop  buy on itunes
The Cynics  Girl you're on my mind  buy on itunes
THEM  Gloria  buy on itunes
The Monkees  I'm not your stepping stone  buy on itunes
Link Wray  Rumble  buy on itunes
Ben Vaughn Combo  My first band  buy on itunes
Alex Chilton  No sex  buy on itunes
The Who  The kids are all right  buy on itunes
Beat Happening  Indian Summer  buy on itunes
The Byrds  Mr. tamborine man  buy on itunes
The Velvet Underground  Sweet Jane  buy on itunes
The Kinks  Stop your sobbin  buy on itunes
Wreckless Eric  Cryin' Waitin' Hopin'  buy on itunes
The Byrds  Mr. Spaceman  buy on itunes
The Beat Farmers  There she goes again  buy on itunes
The Kinks  Well respected man  buy on itunes
Elvis Costello & the Attractions  What's so funny about peace, love & understanding?  buy on itunes
Modern Lovers  Roadrunner  buy on itunes

Comment:

So here's the deal... My friend Mike decided to treat himself to a guitar. Now, Mike is in his 40s and has never really played an instrument before, but he knows a ton about pop music and he figured that it was time to make some rock. Besides, how hard can it be? This is a primer for him, or for anyone who ever wanted to raise the goblet of rock. As some of you may know, I'm a professional yapper - that is, I'm a teacher (physics and astronomy). I've tried my hand at giving guitar lessons, too - sadly, I've found it really hard to teach guitar. Maybe it's because I taught myself guitar, with all the bad musical habits that entails. Also, when I was starting out, the only guitar players I really knew about were prog guys like Steve Hackett and Steve Howe. Clearly, a novice can't learn much from listening to those goofballs. Now, Johnny Ramone on the other hand..... Anyway, disc is arranged for maximum rockability - Songs are arranged by key: 1-6 (A), 7-11 (E), 12-15 (D), 16-21 (G), and that brings us back to (A) for closure. Got it? Now get to rockin! (And remember me on the liner notes of your first record.... and don't forget to thank me at the Grammies .... and try to hold off on smashing your guitar for a few months ... and....).
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James Jackson
Date: 5/19/2004
Sean, my man! What an excellent mix, and great background information, too. (BTW: "Arranged For Maximum Rockability" would make a great name for a mix....) I was going to point out the stretch of tunes that really impressed me, but that would pretty much be the entire mix. Quite impressive all the way around.
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lo-fi jr.
Date: 5/19/2004
Yeah, after trying (unsuccessfully) to emulate the likes of Page & Howe, Johnny dumbed down the six strings for me too. Interesting thing about your friend picking up an ax, I was getting the post-40 urge to do the same. A more likely scenario for me than throwing a perfect game.
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Mixxer
Date: 5/19/2004
Sean, when they start confusing me with Link Wray I am going to thank you publicly!
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Twiggy1
Date: 5/19/2004
Haha. This is awesome and a fascinating idea. Good show.
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Adam Bristor
Date: 5/19/2004
What a fantastic, fantastic (and yet again fantastic) idea. I've contemplated making a mix of stuff that's very easy to play, but haven't ever had the drive to do it. Love seeing "Roadrunner". It's like "Whole Wide World" with that whole "two chords and the truth". Yeah, they said three, but it looks like we can boil it down even more.


And lo-fi, if that half-man, half-ostrich can throw a perfect game, I'm sure you can too. You can still hit 98 right?
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krimur
Date: 5/19/2004
Wow, it's a bit eerie how we both posted mixes with "No Sex" on it - within like 2 minutes of each other. (Very cool mix, BTW, but then the Lalley mixes are always high quality, you know.)
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Curtis_Burns
Date: 5/19/2004
Fantastic.
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Saaf
Date: 5/19/2004
Hey, wait a minute... some of these songs have more than three chords!
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Nest of Vipers
Date: 5/19/2004
Great. Fun.
Great fun!
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Sean Lally
Date: 5/19/2004
Thanks, kids! Saaf IS right - some of these tunes do have more than 3 chords. Some actually have 4! OK, maybe a few have 5 ... or (gasp!) 6?!?!?!?
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Franklin Onn12
Date: 5/19/2004
Move over Mel Bay! Sean Lally is God!
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Mo Twang!
Date: 5/19/2004
That's it! I'm gettin' a guitar!
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DavidGeneParker
Date: 5/19/2004
Good stuff. Keep us updated on Mike's progress.
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12vman
Date: 5/19/2004
My 9 year old is plucking away on an old electric I've had lying around - he wanted me to show him how to do "Iron Man" & "Smoke on the Water" - I think this set should be included as part of his lessons...great, great job...
(Oh Boy, The Kids are Alright, Peace, etc. & Stop Your Sobbin' are songs I bash out on my old acoustic to lull the boys to sleep at night!)
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Lancelot Link IV1
Date: 5/19/2004
Yep, all good. And the cover is fun too!
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Moe
Date: 5/19/2004
Looks like three chords (or possibly four, maybe five) chords and the truth, though I think it would take me more than 7 days to play any of these songs. Love the music and the foxy axe-toting babe on the cover. You the man.
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p the swede
Date: 5/20/2004
you can count me in on this course too
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RMLondon
Date: 5/20/2004
What a Great Idea! I thought I had seen all the possible permutations: tracks organised by date, alphabetically, etc etc.. but organising a Mix by key ... If I was wearing a hat I would take it off to you!
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Bear
Date: 5/20/2004
Very good! My flatmate could use this mix. He's teaching himself.
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McDonald12
Date: 5/20/2004
superb stuff, as ever, Sean. Great pic, great story, and most importantly, great songs! I wish I was mix of the week editor once more so I could give this top prize! While I'm here, do you think you could explain the theory of relativity in ten words? It always escaped me.
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G-Sphere
Date: 5/20/2004
Outstanding. This looks like great fun.
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lipstick vogue
Date: 5/20/2004
Very nice. I tried to play guitar a few years ago... I learned a half-assed version of "Paradise City" by Guns & Roses and then gave up. Anyway, nifty mix.
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Muzag
Date: 5/20/2004
Excellent primer & a great idea, Sean. The less people that play 'House of the Rising Sun' & 'Stairway to Heaven' (introduction only) when they start guitar, the better. First thing I learned to play was The Jam's English Rose. Great mix!
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Rob Conroy
Date: 5/20/2004
Great idea. I've taught people to play guitar using almost all of these songs ("Oh! Boy" is the first one I teach someone).
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sport !
Date: 5/20/2004
Outstanding mix!! This is a primer for the great "riffs" of all time...
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gobi
Date: 5/21/2004
Air guitar at the ready - what a cool mix.
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CASETTA
Date: 5/31/2004
Cool mix. I learned my raw, primal guitar technique via the Johnnys (Ramone and Thunders). The dude in The Seeds taught me all I know about keyboard playing too.

I go one mississippi, two mississippi, three mississippi, four mississippi


lets rock

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brad32
Date: 6/1/2004
cool idea, sean. i've always wnted to learn to play guitar. maybe i need a copy (and then more than the air guitar)so i can get started!
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joey de vivre
Date: 6/8/2004
Well, maybe I can't learn to play the guitar, but I bet I could learn to listen to this mix.

I do believe in starting simple - (& ending up simple, too, if possible). Too simple-minded? If so, then this is the mix for me!
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buglady
Date: 6/25/2004
What an amazing idea for a mix! Great tracks, great idea--well done Professor Lally!
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kid-a
Date: 7/7/2004
niiiceeeee :D

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