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  • darthed1981darthed1981 Frets: 1575
    edited June 10
    prowla said:
    Who is Nita Strauss?

    Edit: sorry, couldn't resist an internet classic...

    Said search leads to....

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  • EricTheWearyEricTheWeary Frets: 6814
    prowla said:
    Who is Nita Strauss?
    Who is Anita Strauss?
    Get me Nita Strauss.
    Get me a young Nita Strauss. 

    [ Dave Mattacks’ three stages of being a musician]
    I feel the warm, healing, liquid presence of God’s genuine cold-filtered grace. 
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  • Philly_QPhilly_Q Frets: 4229
    Schnozz said:
    That looks like the long-lost prototype of an Ibanez Ace Frehley signature model.
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  • Philly_QPhilly_Q Frets: 4229
    These probably aren't the most amazing questions but if you don't get any better ones:

    Nita did say something about having to change her style when she got the Cooper gig, what kind of things did she have to work on and how did she approach them? 

    I read an interview, probably in Guitar World, where she said she actually took some lessons when she joined Alice Cooper because she knew virtually nothing about playing classic rock or blues-based stuff - she just knew how to sweep and shred.

    I found that amazing, I thought she doesn't know stuff I know, and yet she's a million times better than me.

    I bet she picked it up bloody quick though....
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  • SchnozzSchnozz Frets: 446
    Philly_Q said:
    Schnozz said:
    That looks like the long-lost prototype of an Ibanez Ace Frehley signature model.
    Absolutely! Exactly what Grover Jackson set out to do - Blend the Strat/Les Paul looks and make something uber playable and very versatile.

    She got my hopes up with that, as it would have made for a great 30th birthday present...To myself  :3
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  • DLMDLM Frets: 1715
    @guitarfishbay Yes, around when it came out. I'm a huge fan of Becker. I'm afraid I cannot hear her guitar parts clearly on that at all. She's playing along to the track and the sound is pretty bad. Jeff Loomis' cover didn't sound like Becker, but he tore into it and made good-sounding notes, despite the quantity of them.

    I've seen a lot of videos of Strauss playing pretty basic parts and licks and just not making them sound good. Anyone can have a bad day, but a good number of my heroes still sound amazing on the crappiest kit in front of a shabby little mic. And I'm not just talking shredders. The Thomann "Gear University" video with the "Music Is Win" geezer being the latest case in point. Where are the swing and the sleaze that can bring the simplest moves to life? As Paul Gilbert says "Don't forget to bash some A chords!" Unlike @sweepy, I don't find sweeps and lines necessarily tedious, but if she's a self-professed shred kid, where is the precision?

    @Garthy has some good ideas, but @EricTheWeary asks the one question that matters. Sadly, as it's easier to buy an assault rifle than decent cheese in most US states, I doubt she will be enlightened as to why the milk might need to be unpasteurised for a true taste explosion. 


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  • english_bobenglish_bob Frets: 2244
    sweepy said:
    I’d be more inclined to ask if it’s actually easier to get gigs because she is a woman ? Let’s face it, there are a lot better guitar players out there than Orianthi and Nita etc but if a big name wants the stage image of a woman on set etc,  is it a case of Sex Sells ? 

    I don't imagine there's quite as much competition if an artist is looking specifically for a not-unattractive female guitarist, but unless an artist is looking specifically for a not-unattractive female guitarist she's got all the same competition that a male guitarist has, and her gender might even work against her if the artist is concerned that the rest of the band will want to have sex with the new guitar player, or that the tour bus will be full of lipsticks and tampons, and nobody will be allowed to swear or fart any more.  

    I think guitar playing skill is likely to be a long way down the list of things an artist looks for in an essentially interchangeable band member. Plenty of people can play Alice Cooper songs- they're not exactly Aristocrats-level complexity- and nobody who was planning to see Alice Cooper is going to not come if it's not Nita Strauss on guitar.

    I'm guessing she gets gigs on the strength of her ability to rub along with the rest of the band on a bus for weeks, to put on a good show, cope with all the pyrotechnics, theatre and choreography and play off Alice well (and not get pissy about getting fake blood all over her and her gear), and to generally behave herself on and off stage. 

    All that said, I'd be interested to hear her take on life in the music industry as someone who quite conceivably gets reduced to being "A Hot Chick" by cockwombles.

    Don't talk politics and don't throw stones. Your royal highnesses.

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  • Flanging_FredFlanging_Fred Frets: 1581
    I have a question...

    If you had the opportunity/desire to augment your rock/shred playing by learning a totally different style, which direction would you take and why?  Eg Jazz, country, flamenco etc etc.


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  • Guitar_SlingerGuitar_Slinger Frets: 1120
    I'd like to ask "What picks do you use?" and see what she replies, based on this - http://www.thefretboard.co.uk/discussion/comment/1850281/. Eh, @chrishill901 :)
    “Supposing a tree fell down, Pooh, when we were underneath it?' 'Supposing it didn't,' said Pooh after careful thought. Piglet was comforted by this.”
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  • rsvmarkrsvmark Frets: 535
    sweepy said:
    I’d be more inclined to ask if it’s actually easier to get gigs because she is a woman ? Let’s face it, there are a lot better guitar players out there than Orianthi and Nita etc but if a big name wants the stage image of a woman on set etc,  is it a case of Sex Sells ? 

    I don't imagine there's quite as much competition if an artist is looking specifically for a not-unattractive female guitarist, but unless an artist is looking specifically for a not-unattractive female guitarist she's got all the same competition that a male guitarist has, and her gender might even work against her if the artist is concerned that the rest of the band will want to have sex with the new guitar player, or that the tour bus will be full of lipsticks and tampons, and nobody will be allowed to swear or fart any more.  

    I think guitar playing skill is likely to be a long way down the list of things an artist looks for in an essentially interchangeable band member. Plenty of people can play Alice Cooper songs- they're not exactly Aristocrats-level complexity- and nobody who was planning to see Alice Cooper is going to not come if it's not Nita Strauss on guitar.

    I'm guessing she gets gigs on the strength of her ability to rub along with the rest of the band on a bus for weeks, to put on a good show, cope with all the pyrotechnics, theatre and choreography and play off Alice well (and not get pissy about getting fake blood all over her and her gear), and to generally behave herself on and off stage. 

    All that said, I'd be interested to hear her take on life in the music industry as someone who quite conceivably gets reduced to being "A Hot Chick" by cockwombles.
    Watch ‘Hired gun’ on Netflix- the ability not to be a knob and simply get along with the rest of the group appears to be high on the list of priorities- not how fast you can shred or how big your norks are.
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  • english_bobenglish_bob Frets: 2244
    rsvmark said:
    Watch ‘Hired gun’ on Netflix- the ability not to be a knob and simply get along with the rest of the group appears to be high on the list of priorities- not how fast you can shred or how big your norks are.

    I did. The ability to not be a knob and simply get along with the rest of the group is second only to the ability to tolerate the artist who pays your wages being a massive knob and not getting along with the rest of the group. 

    Of course, if you can not be a knob, get along with the rest of the group and shred and have big norks, you're all set.

    Plenty of episodes of the No Guitar Is Safe podcast have other players saying much the same about sessions and sideman gigs- learn your shit, don't be a dick, be on time and sober for the stuff you're getting paid to do. Sure, you have to have a sufficient level of technique to play the artist's songs (which might be a lot, or hardly any at all), but not at the expense of being tolerable to be around for weeks on a bus.

    ...and Matt Schofield said pretty much the opposite on That Pedal Show- his career as a session guitarist was basically over before it began because he couldn't play what he was asked to play without adding embellishments, and found playing "to order" without much creative input unsatisfying. 

    Don't talk politics and don't throw stones. Your royal highnesses.

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  • rsvmarkrsvmark Frets: 535
    rsvmark said:
    Watch ‘Hired gun’ on Netflix- the ability not to be a knob and simply get along with the rest of the group appears to be high on the list of priorities- not how fast you can shred or how big your norks are.

    I did. The ability to not be a knob and simply get along with the rest of the group is second only to the ability to tolerate the artist who pays your wages being a massive knob and not getting along with the rest of the group. 

    Of course, if you can not be a knob, get along with the rest of the group and shred and have big norks, you're all set.
    Good point, well made. You have set out the key attributes of a perfect side man or woman! Big norks optional.
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