Ask Ted Nugent: The Nuge Discusses Practicing, Gibson Byrdlands and the 'Double Live Gonzo' Album

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Rusty Springer

I'm pretty sure what Ted means is,
to seek out and learn the music that you love.
Don't spend 3 to 5 years banging out the Enigmatic scale to a metronome because with actual song playing, scales will take care of them selves.
Learning later in life has a different emphasis than learning as a teenager.
After 50 the enjoyment to foundation ratio should be like 85/15 or better.

minimoniotaku

"Don't learn scales"?!? Bad advice. If I can't communicate to another guitarist in at at least basic music theory, that's asking for disaster.

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gerloffmk

I agree. Melodies are just carefully chosen notes from scales. He must have meant to not JUST study scales... I hope...

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hornstar

I hope Ted was refering to the endless non musical aproach of running scales all day just so you know what note will follow what. I know a lot of musicians who got lost worring about what scale they should be playing over which chord, instead of just going for it and creating a great moment. You just have to go for it. Sometimes you come off sounding brilliant and sometimes you eat a big sonic turd. It's all part of the risk of playing in a live situation.

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h1wystr

Ted~ I recently saw some B+W footage of the Amboy Dukes playing "Journey to the Center of Your Mind" on Vh1Classic's 'Metal Evolution'. It shows you with rather longer hair (than the other Dukes) and for the time period, playing on your Byrdland some of the best riff's ever. I think you were ahead of the curve for the birth of electric guitar mayhem. I've always considered "Journey to the Center of Your Mind" and The Byrd's "Eight Miles High" the very beginning of what could become heavy metal music....My question is: Do you still get goosebump's from writing and/or playing that classic number?????

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redstrat8

TED AND I WENT FISHING .WE USED A LOT OF GRENADES.WENT DEER HUNTING WE USED HIS TANK.

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gw90

Any plans to do a Damn Yankees reunion? i LOVED those 2 albums!

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sean_bishop

Unlce Ted,
I was inspired by your rendition of the national anthem at a Dallas football game, and will be playing it live for my local minor league baseball team in Kentucky. Any suggestions on amp settings for playing on the pitcher mound at a baseball stadium?

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TexasRocks

Ted, you were the first concert I saw (Honolulu, Hawaii) back in the late 70s. Double Live Gonzo tour of course. Still blows my mind. Saw you again opening for Kiss at Mandalay Bay in Vegas in the early 2000s, and to be honest .. after you left the stage, the rest was boring to me. Only someone who plays guitar can appreciate what you do on stage with the instrument (while singing). At 48, I still jam to several of your classic tunes, most recently going until the skin tore on my index finger. ha. Your music has always been a huge inspiration to many of us, and a major reason we took-up playing to begin with. Rock-on and God Bless you brother. Oh, and thanks for all the support you give to the Veterans and Wounded Warriors! Hope to catch you again soon next time you're in San Antonio. Peace.

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bill muirhead

Hey Uncle Ted!

Out of all the GOP candidates, who's your favorite? After seeing the choices this time around, as a conservative I'm definitely losing faith in the Republican Party pretty quickly. Good thing you're still around to tell those liberals what's what!

Your brother in arms,

Bill

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Nooorm24

Hey Ted, when are you going to drag Chris Duarte back to Abilene, TX and rock the ranch? We've got some greasy barbeque and rock hungry fans with your name on it.

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Eviljim

On stage I've seen ya shoot your bow at the end of the show a many of times , my question is have ya ever missed and how many times have ya got in trouble for doing it !
Thanks
(I personally don't trust people who don't own Double Live Gonzo! )

nursetom61

YO!!! William "Tom" Branch again, loved the words of inspiration, will take every word to heart. I just wanted to say that some people just do not get it. The Left Wing is dying inches at a time, and the vast majority of true Americans are starting to realize that they are more Conservative than they may have thought. Bottom line is Obama's days in the White House are numbered, I just hope and pray we choose the right Republican.

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jacttanna

Right on the money Ted. Regardless of their politics, I don't know how any real musician could read this and not get it. I'm so tired of hearing sniveling comments from people who have achieved nothing with their own lives.

gregmein

I'd be interested to know the story behind how Meat Loaf became a vocalist on the Free For All album.

samueleking

Uhhh - thanks for insight, Ted. Fancy entertaining sentences, zero substance.

minimoniotaku

Typical Nugent, of course.

static

WOULD YOU PLEASE RUN FOR PRESIDENT? WE NEED A REAL AMERICAN IN THE WHITE HOUSE! GO GONZO!!!!!

salmonline

I didn't even read this article.
As soon as I saw Ted's name on it my stomach turned.
I've already read way too much about what ted has to say on a number of topics and he's just a right-wing crazy asswipe.
The 1970's not withstanding. What has Ted got to offer us today? Just old ass ideas about how life should be on this planet.
Step into the present and deal with things the way they are, not the way you wish they were. The 1800's are past, deal with it.

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bill muirhead

If you didn't take the time to read the article, why would you waste the space with your drivel here in the comment section? go take a shower and get a job pal.

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ardiril

Ted: What is your take on the music industry today and piracy? The key to being a successful musician seems to have always been either be a kickass performer live, or write kickass songs and find a kickass performer to play them. Is a contract just icing on the cake?

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tjnugent

My name is Ted Nugent(TJ)Theodore James Nugent. I am a 50 year old weekend warrior. I have almost met you several times. Once in the mid 80's in NYC. You were coming out of Storm Entertainment on the 12 floor of a building on West 57th St and I was coming out the door of Roland Jaffe's production company and just missed the elevator you had just stepped into. I was seconds from standing there with my drivers license in hand to show you.

When I was about 14 and had been playing for about 4 years, you became a mega star. I think I have been asked about my name every day since then. lol How come we have never met?

Ted

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TAC

What's your current stage gear? Pedals, amps, etc?

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jroxx1121

hey ted, i respect the fact you always speak your mind, fuck the hall of fame, their a bunch of elitist morons! they aren't musicians, so who gives them the right to pick and choose who belongs in the hall, it really should be up to the fans and other musicians, a jury of your peers! keep on rockin and hope ya cut a new album soon!!!

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57 Stratman

I'm 54, and I've been a Ted Nugent fan and hunter since I was 12; and I've been a guitar player/collector since 12 also. I love all things guitar, but I'm drawn to a Strat into a blackface Deluxe Reverb, like a buck to a doe in heat! Most of the guitars I've ever seen you play, have been humbucker equipped guitars; my question is, are you a lover of humbuckers only, or do you have/use guitars with other pickups, such as the P-90, or Fenders single coils. I can't recall ever seeing you with a Fender in your hands, don't you like the Fender product? You must have used a Fender amp way back when, didn't you? Keep on rockin' Snakeskin Cowboy!!

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redhub1

Thanks Ted for all the great music! You've given me many hours of enjoyment over the years.

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Missedacut

Love the column. Love the music. Love the world views. Too bad you're a dude. All the best. Merry Christmas.

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