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from Lapsang Souchong by Ian Evans

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E is the best key for metal, or for open strings
The peoples’ key and most, “bassy”
For drones or pedal note strumming
I briefly thought of the Les Paul (after Andy P)
But they’re more like Mike Tyson, while the Telecaster is Bruce Lee

A is the key of more trebly blues solos
And the nicest pentatonic box, at the nicest place on the neck
Don’t widdle scales over your mates tuning up
Never play your own thing in a jam. Listen and join in, never do your own thing

D is the key of prog and folk, suspended chords that fit easily
It’s a bit more keen and more unusual

G is the key of open middle strings, pulled on or off
And stretching your singing
Difford and Tilbrook fighting over the ocarina
Frustration with guitar lessons
It must be possible to learn a logic

B is the key of warmth and victory, nobility and anthems
But B flat is more so

The springs on the Bigsby tremolos
Properly called vibratos
In the shop, where I used to go in St. Mary’s
Keeping a band together is more social work than skill
And that’s the way it should be

And here we are again, one octave higher


from Lapsang Souchong, released July 12, 2006
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