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Apr 20, 2017 - 6:05:27 PM
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Maybe this has been discussed here before? Does Mary Jane make you play better? Loosen you up? I've smoked very little, but when I have, some very cool things came out musically that maybe would not have come out otherwise. I hope I can smoke more of it when I'm old, and won't have to worry about being penalized.

David

Apr 21, 2017 - 4:45:40 AM
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I'm old fashioned, I guess, and think putting any kind of drug in your body is not good for you, whether it be "Mary Jane", as you call it, or prescription drugs the doctor has prescribed.  Either can cause problems.  As far as making you play better, I sincerely doubt it since it affects your brain and that has to affect your motor skills and therefore, your ability to pick and think at the same time.

I realize people are changing their minds about how much damage it might/can/will do, but again, why would anyone want to get high and not know what's going on around them?  That goes for smoking, drinking and any illegal drugs.   I just don't understand why anyone would want to harm their body. 

It's illegal here in Texas and I sincerely hope it will stay that way. 

 

Apr 21, 2017 - 5:37:51 AM
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Crusty

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Pot heads are slow and dim witted, not that different from drunks.  Both drugs make me think I'm playing better than I generally play.
 

Apr 22, 2017 - 6:43:58 AM
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I don't have not smoking it for comparison.

I got nice compliments for my picking at last night's gig.



I'm slow because I don't like to rush,but a couple times last night someone dropped a pick and said "Take it,Steve" which I did,quite quickly.

Edited by - steve davis on 04/22/2017 06:51:50

Apr 22, 2017 - 8:34:08 AM
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While I do not smoke and I am NOT advocating the smoking of "Mary Jane", I have to speak to the fact that not all pot smokers are slow and dim witted. That is a sterotype just as all folks from the South are slow-dim witted and toothless or the one that all Northerners are pushy and rude........it's just not true. In fact, of all my friends the one that has probably the highest IQ and is sharp as a tack has smoked enough "Mary Jane" to sink a battleship and it has not effected his brain power or ability to produce one bit. Now on the other hand I have another friend who is the perfect living embodiment of a Cheech & Chong character. We all react differently to a substance.......

Robby

Apr 22, 2017 - 9:01:54 AM
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Mooooo

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I agree, there's a few good yankees up there. But in general, we are missing some teeth.

Apr 22, 2017 - 9:23:36 AM
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I work in the Transportstion industry, and cannot partake in Ms. Jane currently...for the next 25 years til retirement anyways. However, at BBQ'S whenever I play guitar or banjo, alcohol definately effects how well I can play. Now...when drinking and playing, it sure loosens me up and makes me a little more entertaining and lively..but it does inhibit how well I can pick. I can't perform anything with complexity while drinking, just too sloppy. Strumming and singing no problem...intricate picking....forget it! Not sure if the effects of alcohol are similar to those of the refer!

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Apr 22, 2017 - 11:33:01 AM
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How groovy to be taken back to a time before the Beatles split with the Maharishi and when Donovan hadn't realised he wasn't the new Dylan. And only this morning I was playing an Incredible String Band CD (in connection with the Cowboy's Waltz OT Tune of the week thread.)
Peace man.
Apr 22, 2017 - 12:13:27 PM
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bubbalouie

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Either you're into it or you're not. It's the same over on the tattoo thread.

A lot of people are still living in the past.

A song we used to listen to & live by is by Goose Creek Symphony.

Do your own thing but don't touch mine.

I know for a fact that booze is way worse than the jazz cabbage. 

Apr 22, 2017 - 12:49:24 PM
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Jazz cabbage is funny.

Edited by - steve davis on 04/22/2017 12:49:42

Apr 22, 2017 - 2:05:41 PM
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chuckv97 Players Union Member

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A lot of people I played with would lose their rhythm and slow down when they toked. I was more a bennies and beer guy myself.
I guess it didn't hurt Duke any.
 

Edited by - chuckv97 on 04/22/2017 14:06:32

Apr 22, 2017 - 3:08:53 PM
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Louis Armstrong never hesitated to say he smoked every day of his life.
He said it on the Today Show once and had Jane Pauley scrambling to go to commercial.

Apr 22, 2017 - 3:31:01 PM

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Thanks for your thoughts everyone. Things are loosening up for sure. I would smoke some if I could, but my work won't allow it. I guess moderation is the key to everything. Except playing banjo of course.

David

Apr 22, 2017 - 6:50:48 PM

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Robby Boone nailed it.Some folks it does not seem to hurt their playing.I have known folks that would do one or the other at a given time ,because it did hurt their playing,while making the listening seem more in depth.

Apr 22, 2017 - 11:25:20 PM

Dingoman25 Players Union Member

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quote:
Originally posted by davidcava
 

Thanks for your thoughts everyone. Things are loosening up for sure. I would smoke some if I could, but my work won't allow it. I guess moderation is the key to everything. Except playing banjo of course.

David


"moderation is the key to everything. Except playing banjo and safe sex of course."

Apr 23, 2017 - 4:52:49 AM

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I suffer from stage fright real bad. Failing is bad enough but to fail in front of folks I hardly know scares me to death. I really want to play with other people. So I went looking for help.  M.J. was the first suggestion. I did not know where to get any. Seems like folks just don't want to talk about it. Option two was go to the DR. which I did. He gave a script for a beta blocker. A little bitty pill. Take one half hour before I play. I played lousy but I just did not care. I did not like the way it made me feel. I like feeling like I enjoy music and being around people. I understand that M.J. does not do you that way. So I would be in the camp that is willing to try it.

Apr 23, 2017 - 7:59:18 AM

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I never worried about what anyone else thought of what I do.

Apr 23, 2017 - 11:10:45 AM
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quote:
Originally posted by Dingoman25
 
quote:
Originally posted by davidcava
 

Thanks for your thoughts everyone. Things are loosening up for sure. I would smoke some if I could, but my work won't allow it. I guess moderation is the key to everything. Except playing banjo of course.

David


"moderation is the key to everything. Except playing banjo and safe sex of course."


"Sure SOUNDS like they're having sex in there!"

Apr 24, 2017 - 6:18:42 AM

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Did Tarzan ever marry Jane?

Apr 24, 2017 - 7:20:40 AM
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5stringJim

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Many musicians at the top of their game smoke daily, I won't mention any names, but some are/were geniuses we all respect. Must have just kept it at a level they could function highly (!) at . Just sayin'..

Apr 24, 2017 - 10:25 AM

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People from all walks of life smoke pot and do very well at it.
Nice to have choices in this country.

Apr 26, 2017 - 4:03:41 PM
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I haven't smoked for over 30 years ( helluva time to make it legal here in WA state) but when I did, I think my playing had a certain "groove" to it that was missing before - maybe my African roots showed up? I couldn't sustain it very long because I had to run and get some nachos, jerky and a moon pie about half way through the set.

Apr 26, 2017 - 5:35:24 PM

John Gribble Players Union Member

Japan

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quote:
Originally posted by Laurence Diehl
 

I haven't smoked for over 30 years ( helluva time to make it legal here in WA state) but when I did, I think my playing had a certain "groove" to it that was missing before - maybe my African roots showed up? I couldn't sustain it very long because I had to run and get some nachos, jerky and a moon pie about half way through the set.


big

In terms of weed, along with alcohol and other "chemical aids" to performing, some can to it  and some can't.  I can't.

And whether or not it actually helps is another question.

Apr 27, 2017 - 9:39:40 AM

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It helps me practice for longer amounts of time.

May 20, 2017 - 7:33:09 AM

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Speaking of alcohol, It seems like I remember Sonny Osborne saying that he used to keep a bottle in his case. Then, one day, he realized that he didn't need it any more.

May 20, 2017 - 12:06:31 PM

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I'm glad I quit drinking booze in '97 and cigarettes in '06.
I didn't go to any kind of meetings to accomplish those two things...just decided to stop.

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