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Fred Mascherino & Terrible Things want to put out a Book of Guitar Tabs of their songs and songs from The Color Fred.

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Calling all musicians!!! Freddy Masch here. I want to show you guys every little trick I ever invented, learned at jazz school or stole from an 80's guitar hero! I get asked alot about my techniques and tunings for different songs. Now is your chance to see exactly how I played all of them. I'm trying to make a small number of Tablature books with every single Terrible Things song to date, as well as all the songs from "Bend to Break", the full-length I put out in 2007 as The Color Fred. In addition, I'm planning to stick in a few select riffs from my older bands too (Breaking Pangaea perhaps?). It's going to take some work to put together, but in the name of rock 'n roll riffage, I think it's a super-worthy project to take on.

Since this is a one-time shot and since the ONLY way we can make the book is if we reach our goal here, we're going to hand-number and sign each book. These books will be professionally pressed and bound. The Tablature will be hand-written by me to be SURE that it is exactly what was played by me on the recording! Each song will have a cover page that explains the meaning or ideas that went into the song and an explanation of the guitar techniques used in the songs. This includes the open tunings, the fingerpicking patterns, the finger-tapping etc...

(Bassists too!)
In addition to the book, you can also download the Tabs in PDF form. For this we will also have Bass Tablature! You can get just one song if you want, or you can get them all. Pick the ones you like the best, no problem!

(Even Drummers!)
Maybe the tabs aren't enough and you want me to personally show you the part... or maybe you play bass or drums.... All the members of Terrible Things are offering Video Chat lessons on their instruments too! Just pledge and let us know which instrument you want with which person.
Steve Curtiss, our drummer for the past year and a half, was also the drummer for The Color Fred and played on Bend to Break!
Aaron Van Allen, our bassist, plays in an ultra-smooth style with his fingers but can play dangerously fast with his fret hand too!

You can watch the three of us playing here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aL4H5fzbbdo

We'd love to share what we can with you guys and we'll have fun doing it.

This all just started on a whim... a conversation with some fans and then one that we had together. This is not about us asking you for money. It's a project that you and we can do together. We can build from this. Maybe you learn a song and next tour you can get on-stage with us and play it. We would love for you to literally take part in the music we write. It would mean the world to us. Thanks!

-Fred and Terrible Things

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We're completely committed to making these goals happen quickly. We'll be doing as much as we can on our end before this even ends. The PDF Tabs will go out as soon as I finish them which shouldn't take more than a couple weeks. If the books take a little longer, you can be sure that we'll keep you posted. For the lessons, make sure you have a computer with a good connection. We'll work with your schedule to make those happen. Thanks for believing in, supporting and trusting us!

FAQ

  • If you select the "Pledge $1 or more" choice, we will email you after the goal is reached. You reply with the songs that you want and they will be emailed back to you. For every dollar you give you can choose one song. Thanks!

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  • Just add up the two items and I will guarantee personally that we'll get you both items. I'll contact you to find out which items you want if it's not obvious. If you live outside the US, remember, the book has an extra $10 for shipping but the lessons don't (of course). Thanks,

    -Fred

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