Guitar Heroes

Apr 13, 2018
Originally published on September 7, 2018 11:50 am

For this audio quiz, we visited the Brooklyn Guitar School and recorded some enthusiastic, beginner guitar students as they attempted to shred some of their favorite tunes. Contestants ring in and identify what these future rock stars are playing.

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In our next game, we'll play clips of students learning guitar. It will sound just like a college dorm. Let's check in with our contestants. Lauren, so you like to travel, and you traveled to Turkey for a month and a half and kind of learned a little how to dance like a Whirling Dervish?

LAUREN GIROUARD: So we were able to actually view a Sufi mystic ceremony.


GIROUARD: And they encouraged us to get up and spin if we felt like it.

EISENBERG: And you went for it.


EISENBERG: And when you're actually doing the physical act of spinning, how - were you dizzy? Did they kind of give you some markers to spot and tips?

GIROUARD: I fell over.

EISENBERG: (Laughter) All right. Yeah. Well, I think that's appropriate for the first time. OK. Fantastic. Julienne, you used to work for "The Oprah Show."


EISENBERG: OK. So how much easier was it to get things done because you could say, I need it for "The Oprah Show?"

BILKER: We had a show where we were going to do a cooking segment, and we realized one of the ovens wasn't working. It was missing, like, one really specific, weird part. So rather than buy a new oven or try to find this really specific part, I found somebody who had it. And I was on the phone with him. I said, I know this is super ridiculous, but I really need it by, like, 7 o'clock tomorrow morning so we can install it. And he was like, what is this? I said, well, it's for a TV show. We're taping this thing. He's like, it's not for Oprah, is it? I said, yeah. It's for Oprah. And he was like, you're not serious. And I said, yeah. I'm serious. And he said, well, my mom would really want me to do a favor for Oprah.


EISENBERG: So let's go to your next game. So this is an audio quiz called Guitar Heroes. Jonathan Coulton, you play guitar, right?

JONATHAN COULTON: That's - yes. Some would say.

EISENBERG: How long did it take you to learn?

COULTON: My entire life. It's very difficult. It takes forever.

EISENBERG: OK, that sounds super easy.

COULTON: (Laughter).

EISENBERG: So for this game, we went to the Brooklyn Guitar School and recorded some enthusiastic beginner guitar students attempting to shred some of their favorite tunes. So, contestants, buzz in and identify what these future rock stars are trying to play. You can either give me the song title or the artist. And remember, they are just starting out, so be nice. Lauren, you won the last game. So you win this, and you are off to the final round. Julienne, you need to win this, or you have to join a Santana cover band. Here's your first clip.

JENNIFER MOON: My name is Jennifer Moon (ph). I've been playing for five weeks. (Playing guitar).



GIROUARD: "Smoke On The Water?"

BILKER: That is not this particular tune. Julienne, can you steal?

BILKER: "Iron Man?"

EISENBERG: "Iron Man," yeah.


EISENBERG: Black Sabbath's "Iron Man." Let's hear from our next student musician.

LAUREN AREMA: My name is Lauren Arema (ph). I've been playing guitar for about a year and two months. (Playing).


EISENBERG: Julienne.

BILKER: "Sweet Child O' Mine."

EISENBERG: "Sweet Child O' Mine," Guns N' Roses is correct.


COULTON: That is a very hard guitar part to play.

EISENBERG: Yeah, well...

COULTON: And she'd been doing it for a year - what did she say? A year and a couple of months?

EISENBERG: Yeah. Slash had to start somewhere.



EISENBERG: This next song is a staple.

PAUL SMULLERA: My name is Paul Smullera (ph). I've been playing guitar for - it's been two and a half years? (Playing guitar).


EISENBERG: Julienne.

BILKER: "Stairway To Heaven."

EISENBERG: "Stairway To Heaven."


EISENBERG: It is hard to imagine that song even longer.


EISENBERG: But now you can have the slow dance you always wanted.

COULTON: (Laughter).

EISENBERG: OK, let's hear something a little more recent.

JASMINE RAMOS: My name is Jasmine Ramos (ph), and I've been playing guitar for around two years. (Playing guitar).



EISENBERG: Yeah, that's correct.


EISENBERG: I know - you said it's so crazy like you were scared of it. DNCE is correct. "Cake By The Ocean." Do you love that song? You're having an explosion over there.

GIROUARD: I have seen them live.

EISENBERG: Here's a classic.

RACHEL GOYETTE: My name is Rachel Goyette (ph). I've been playing guitar for about 11 weeks. (Playing guitar).

EISENBERG: Let's go to Art Chung for a hint.

ART CHUNG: That song was released in the United States in 1965 as a single with "We Can Work It Out."



GIROUARD: The Beatles.

EISENBERG: Yeah, good guess. "Day Tripper." Before we find out who won the game, let's hear it for the students at the Brooklyn Guitar School.


EISENBERG: All right. Puzzle Guru, Art Chung, how did our contestants do?

CHUNG: Congratulations, Julienne. You won that game.


CHUNG: So you each won a game, so it's time for a quick Game 3. I'll give you a category, and you'll go back and forth, naming things that fall into that category. The first contestant to mess up will be eliminated. Buzz in to answer first. Here's your category. Name the nine fielding positions in baseball.


CHUNG: Julienne, you're up.

BILKER: Shortstop.

CHUNG: That is correct. Lauren.

GIROUARD: First base?

CHUNG: Correct.

BILKER: Second base.

CHUNG: Julienne, correct. Lauren?

BILKER: Third base?

CHUNG: Correct. Julienne?

BILKER: Left field.

CHUNG: Correct. Lauren?

GIROUARD: Right field?

CHUNG: Correct. Julienne?

BILKER: Catcher.

CHUNG: Correct. Lauren?

GIROUARD: Pitcher.

CHUNG: Correct. Julienne, there's one more.

BILKER: Mid-outfield?


CHUNG: No, I'm sorry. The last position is called center field. I'm sorry, Julienne. We have to say goodbye to you. Lauren, congratulations. You're moving on to the final round.


EISENBERG: Coming up, we'll find out who will face off against Lauren in our final round. And we'll meet our guest, the multitalented Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine. He likes to dress up as inspirational figures and post the photos onto Instagram. I do the same thing, which is why there are so many photos of me dressed as Air Bud. I'm Ophira Eisenberg, and this is ASK ME ANOTHER from NPR.

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