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Strong Bad Email #36
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"And the dragon comes in the nniiiiightt!!"

Derek asks Strong Bad if he can play the guitar.

Cast (in order of appearance): Strong Bad

Places: Computer Room

Computer: Tandy 400

Date: Sunday, July 14, 2002

Running Time: 1:32

Page Title: Tandy 400: Still Broken.

DVD: strongbad_email.exe Disc One, Sbemails' 50 Greatest Hits DVD

Contents

[edit] Transcript

STRONG BAD: {singing} Oh, tap your toes and check your email, oh a-tap your toes tonight... {stops singing}

{Strong Bad has some trouble pronouncing the surname "Highet," saying, "Hig-het. Uh, hey, hi, hi-het {with the second "h" said with a Spanish accent}, hiyet—hi-yet."}

{Throughout the email, Strong Bad types every syllable he sings.}

STRONG BAD: Hey, Derek. Not much, man. Yeah I can play the guitar. I know all about virtuosos {pause} and trembalos {pause} and arpeggios. {says it as "ar-PEG-ios, then pauses} I can do it all. {clears screen} I can play your basic rhythm guitar, like... {singing} jug jigga jug jigga jug jigga jug jigga jug jigga JAH JAH, jiggidy jug jigga jug jigga jug jigga jug jigga jug jigga JAH JAAH! {stops singing} You know, something like that. I can also play some pretty hott lixx, too. You know the kind that are just way up high on the tiny strings and you mash your fingers on 'em. {screen clears. Strong Bad starts singing} meedley meedley meedley meedley meedley meedley meedley meedley meedley meedley meedley meedley MEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE. {stops singing, starts typing faster} Yeah, yeah and then Strong Mad comes in on his bass and he's like, {singing} dou dow da dou da da DOU da dou da dou dou dou {screen clears. Strong Bad stops singing} and The Cheat comes in on his keyboards and he's like boop boop boop boop boop boop boop boop boop boop boop boop boop boo and then I'm like "And the dragon comes in the NIIIiiiiIIIiiiiIIIIIIIIiiiiiiiiiiiIIIIIIIIiiiIIGGHH—

{Strong Bad falls out of his chair.}

STRONG BAD: Augh... Oh yeah!

{Strong Bad sticks up his arm up from the bottom of the screen and lights the BMW lighter as people do at rock concerts. The Paper comes down. After a short time, the lighter singes The Paper.}

[edit] Fun Facts

[edit] Explanations

  • "Arpeggio" literally means "like a harp." The term is used to indicate that the notes of a certain chord are to be played quickly one after another (usually from lowest to highest) instead of at the same moment.
  • "Trembalo" is not a proper musical term. Strong Bad is referring to a "tremolo." A tremolo is a rapid repetition of the same note, or an alternation between two or more notes.
  • A "virtuoso" is a person who is exceptionally good at playing a musical instrument.
  • A "lick" (that Strong Bad refers to when he says "hott lixx" - "hot licks", phonetically) is a short passage of notes that comprises a solo or riff, commonly for guitar in a rock setting.

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[edit] Goofs

  • The number of "jug jiggas" and "meedleys" typed does not match up to the number of "jug jiggas" and "meedleys" Strong Bad sings.
  • Between "bass" and "and", there are two spaces.
  • Before Strong Bad starts typing the meedlies and the juggas, there is no sound when he switches the screen.
  • Strong Bad starts typing "NIIIiiiiIIIiiiiIIIIIIIIiiiiiiiiiiiIIIIIIIIiiiIIGGHH" about a second before he starts singing it.
  • When Strong Bad types "virtuosos" there is a period in the cursor. When Strong Bad hits enter, the period is gone.

[edit] Fast Forward

[edit] DVD Version

  • The DVD version features hidden creators' commentary. To access it, switch your DVD player's audio language selection while watching.

[edit] Commentary Transcript

(Commentary by: Mike Chapman, Matt Chapman)

MIKE: This email is titled Guitar.

MATT: It's near and dear to our hearts.

MIKE: We grew up reading Guitar for the Practicing Musician and Guitar World and Metal Edge, and um...

MATT: Or rather, our brother Donnie read all of them.

MIKE: {simultaneously} Hit Parade, Circus Magazine...

MATT: Kerrang!.

MIKE: Yeah.

MATT: {simultaneously} RIP. Remember the RIP?

MIKE: I think that's, that's all of them. That's so, yeah, we um... {short pause} we knew all about virtuosos and arpeggios.

{Matt laughs}

MIKE: And trembolos. I took guitar in 8th grade. I didn't, I was never very good, though.

MATT: Yeah. This one goes out to all those dudes that lurk around the guitar shop and won't go away, and all I want to do is buy some strings and maybe a pick and they make

MIKE: They make—

MATT: —me feel really intimidated and want to leave. So now, it seems like this actually appealed to- we got a lot of, it seemed to get circulated over- among, like, tab sites and sites that like guitar.

MIKE: Tab and, like, Diet Coke and—

MATT: Tablatures, Mike!

MIKE: Oh, oh, oh!

MATT: It's a term!

MIKE: I thought you were talking about die—diet sodas.

MATT: It's a guitar term. {pause} There you go, and of course, that later becomes a part of Trogdor, the song called Trogdor from website homestar.com.

MIKE: There's the first appearance of the BMW lighter.

MATT: Watch as it burns the paper! So burns.

[edit] Fun Facts

  • Guitar World, Metal Edge, Kerrang!, RIP and Circus Magazine are (or were) all music magazines. Hit Parade possibly refers to Hit Parader.
  • Tab was the first diet soda produced by the Coca-Cola Company.
  • Guitar Tablature is a shorthand method of writing out music for the guitar, which specifies fingering but not specific pitch or length of notes.

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