Cool Johnny Cash guitar trick with a playing card


#1

Originally published at: http://boingboing.net/2017/08/23/cool-johnny-cash-guitar-trick.html


#2

Never seen that one, thanks.


#3

While the video puts the card up the neck, Cash threaded it through the strings close to the bridge. (By most reports I could find it was a dollar bill, though in an interview with Bobby Bare, Cash said that on his first Sun studio session it was a piece of cardboard that Sam Phillips had him use.) The video also calls this muting practice “sock,” which is a general term for a kind of rhythm playing common across the western-swing/Texas-fiddling and general-swing world, where it does not involve the paper/card trick. (I usually hear “sock” from the country end of things.)


#4

Closer to the bridge would be up the neck. :slight_smile:


#5

Errr, no. The bridge is down at the bottom. The bar at the top of the neck is the nut.

In the video he was putting the card up by the nut.


#6

“Up the neck” means going up in pitch - towards the bridge. “Down the neck” means going down in pitch - towards the nut.


#7

You’re totally right, sorry. I was replying to what Russell_Letson meant, not what he said.


#8

that’s ok, gave me an excuse to say “towards the nut”. :slight_smile:


#9

And you got to be technically correct!

I’m a cello teacher. There’s always a period of adjustment when my students learn that when I saw “up” I mean “down” and vice versa.


#10

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