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  • Quote Originally Posted by guido61
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    Yeah, they were just the height of sophistication and tightness when they started out.....






    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nlBzbRATgaU




    So what? Bad gig, or lack of practice. You can't know what got em tight. Everyone likes to say its the gigs. Makes a better story than talking about producers and others guiding the band during rehearsals. **************** it man: Do what you do I guess. I cast my lot with ibtelligent and well directed rehearsals.
    Kickin' it in the sticks...

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    • Quote Originally Posted by guido61
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      Yeah, they were just the height of sophistication and tightness when they started out.....











      So what? Bad gig, or lack of practice. You can't know what got em tight. Everyone likes to say its the gigs. Makes a better story than talking about producers and others guiding the band during rehearsals. **************** it man: Do what you do I guess. I cast my lot with ibtelligent and well directed rehearsals.
      Kickin' it in the sticks...

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      • Quote Originally Posted by wades_keys
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        Nope, better gear and better gigs only go so far. Water seeks the lowest level. Band rehearsals are the place to learn good habits, learn proper parts to play and sing, and listen for and correct defects




        ~sigh~ what part of it isn't a either/or deal is so hard for anyone to understand. You can practice WITH subs! Or practice with the lights sitting out in the van waiting for the next gig!



        Read back through these 9 pages and show where ANYONE has even loosely IMPLIED that any of that stuff PRECLUDES practicing. No one has said it. No has implied it. Why? Because no one believes it. So why are you continually posting as if someone HAS said it?



        I'm at a loss here. Really.
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        http://www.JumpStartYourParty.com
        https://www.gigmasters.com/Rock/Jump-Start
        https://www.facebook.com/JumpStartYourParty
        http://www.weddingwire.com/biz/jumps...587fe5f12.html

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        • Quote Originally Posted by wades_keys
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          Nope, better gear and better gigs only go so far. Water seeks the lowest level. Band rehearsals are the place to learn good habits, learn proper parts to play and sing, and listen for and correct defects




          ~sigh~ what part of it isn't a either/or deal is so hard for anyone to understand. You can practice WITH subs! Or practice with the lights sitting out in the van waiting for the next gig!



          Read back through these 9 pages and show where ANYONE has even loosely IMPLIED that any of that stuff PRECLUDES practicing. No one has said it. No has implied it. Why? Because no one believes it. So why are you continually posting as if someone HAS said it?



          I'm at a loss here. Really.
          _________________________________________________
          band websites:
          http://www.JumpStartYourParty.com
          https://www.gigmasters.com/Rock/Jump-Start
          https://www.facebook.com/JumpStartYourParty
          http://www.weddingwire.com/biz/jumps...587fe5f12.html

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          • Quote Originally Posted by guido61
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            ~sigh~ what part of it isn't a either/or deal is so hard for anyone to understand. You can practice WITH subs! Or practice with the lights sitting out in the van waiting for the next gig!



            Read back through these 9 pages and show where ANYONE has even loosely IMPLIED that any of that stuff PRECLUDES practicing. No one has said it. No has implied it. Why? Because no one believes it. So why are you continually posting as if someone HAS said it?



            I'm at a loss here. Really.




            Why do you put words in my mouth?



            Here I'll spell it out for ya: you and others discuss subs, etc in exquisite detail but when it comes to rehearsal? Not so much. It's just: of course you need to practice.



            Well: my take is this. Most bands don't practice effectively.
            Kickin' it in the sticks...

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            • Quote Originally Posted by guido61
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              ~sigh~ what part of it isn't a either/or deal is so hard for anyone to understand. You can practice WITH subs! Or practice with the lights sitting out in the van waiting for the next gig!



              Read back through these 9 pages and show where ANYONE has even loosely IMPLIED that any of that stuff PRECLUDES practicing. No one has said it. No has implied it. Why? Because no one believes it. So why are you continually posting as if someone HAS said it?



              I'm at a loss here. Really.




              Why do you put words in my mouth?



              Here I'll spell it out for ya: you and others discuss subs, etc in exquisite detail but when it comes to rehearsal? Not so much. It's just: of course you need to practice.



              Well: my take is this. Most bands don't practice effectively.
              Kickin' it in the sticks...

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              • Quote Originally Posted by wades_keys
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                Why do you put words in my mouth?




                These are your words, not mine:








                But really: get subs.








                Here I'll spell it out for ya: you and others discuss subs, etc in exquisite detail but when it comes to rehearsal? Not so much. It's just: of course you need to practice.



                Well: my take is this. Most bands don't practice effectively.



                Fine. No argument from me. I doubt any argument from anyone. But you know WHY these things always seem to end up in arguments around here? Because you and some other DON'T take a "you and other discuss subs; I'll talk about rehearsal" attitude. You take a "what I'm talking about is more important" attitude. You, yourself have done it several times in this thread---laughing at the idea of using subs. Laughing at other's posts mocking suggestions of buying gear as if those suggestions were ever made at the expense of the need to practice.



                Look, if I ever do that---if I EVER post that some band doesn't need to practice, they just need more/better gear, THEN you can laugh. Until then, it really just comes across like you're making excuses for yourself.
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                band websites:
                http://www.JumpStartYourParty.com
                https://www.gigmasters.com/Rock/Jump-Start
                https://www.facebook.com/JumpStartYourParty
                http://www.weddingwire.com/biz/jumps...587fe5f12.html

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                • Quote Originally Posted by wades_keys
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                  Why do you put words in my mouth?




                  These are your words, not mine:








                  But really: get subs.








                  Here I'll spell it out for ya: you and others discuss subs, etc in exquisite detail but when it comes to rehearsal? Not so much. It's just: of course you need to practice.



                  Well: my take is this. Most bands don't practice effectively.



                  Fine. No argument from me. I doubt any argument from anyone. But you know WHY these things always seem to end up in arguments around here? Because you and some other DON'T take a "you and other discuss subs; I'll talk about rehearsal" attitude. You take a "what I'm talking about is more important" attitude. You, yourself have done it several times in this thread---laughing at the idea of using subs. Laughing at other's posts mocking suggestions of buying gear as if those suggestions were ever made at the expense of the need to practice.



                  Look, if I ever do that---if I EVER post that some band doesn't need to practice, they just need more/better gear, THEN you can laugh. Until then, it really just comes across like you're making excuses for yourself.
                  _________________________________________________
                  band websites:
                  http://www.JumpStartYourParty.com
                  https://www.gigmasters.com/Rock/Jump-Start
                  https://www.facebook.com/JumpStartYourParty
                  http://www.weddingwire.com/biz/jumps...587fe5f12.html

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                  • Great gear is very important-a good sound makes you play better in addition to sound better. But, it really pales in comparision to musical and performance skills. Everyone knows a great player will still sound great with a crap instrument and a crap amp. As for the op, I don't know anything about subs. I've never been in a band that owned them. I've played through them because the better venues have their own sound.



                    When I was a kid, I wanted a marshall stack. I asked a more experienced player what he thought. He said save your money, when you NEED a marshall stack it will be there. He was right. When I really needed one, it was provided by the promoter.



                    I know some kinds of bands need to provide their own PA, but even though I've played a few thousand gigs, no band I've played with since the 80's had even a mid level one. I can't even imagine how much I'd want to charge to buy, set up, maintain, operate, and haul around big PA in addition to playing a gig. My "big" system is a crown power amp, a reverb unit, a 1604, and some speakers on sticks. I rarely bring it to a gig, usually going with a beringer combo acoustic amp(which I admit is the cheapest acoustic amp I've ever owned) One half of one gig paid for the amp.



                    Never has this lack of gear cost me money in terms of fees charged or gigs lost IMO. Never has a client asked me about the quality of my gear. I ask the agent what the requirements of the gig are, and if they exceed my gear, I tell them to rent.



                    I know full time players who obsess about gear, and buy the latest greatest stuff. I don't see how they net any money, in fact I know they don't. I know other guys who are full timers who endorse instrument companies-these guys get all the stuff for free. I don't think investing in band gear, as opposed to personal gear, is a good idea. Even personal gear-I've waited until there was a need that justified the purchase. Again, when a band is ready to do work that absolutely requires certain gear, it has a way of appearing. At least IME.



                    What makes a band more valuable? Anything that improves it in any way.

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                    • Great gear is very important-a good sound makes you play better in addition to sound better. But, it really pales in comparision to musical and performance skills. Everyone knows a great player will still sound great with a crap instrument and a crap amp. As for the op, I don't know anything about subs. I've never been in a band that owned them. I've played through them because the better venues have their own sound.



                      When I was a kid, I wanted a marshall stack. I asked a more experienced player what he thought. He said save your money, when you NEED a marshall stack it will be there. He was right. When I really needed one, it was provided by the promoter.



                      I know some kinds of bands need to provide their own PA, but even though I've played a few thousand gigs, no band I've played with since the 80's had even a mid level one. I can't even imagine how much I'd want to charge to buy, set up, maintain, operate, and haul around big PA in addition to playing a gig. My "big" system is a crown power amp, a reverb unit, a 1604, and some speakers on sticks. I rarely bring it to a gig, usually going with a beringer combo acoustic amp(which I admit is the cheapest acoustic amp I've ever owned) One half of one gig paid for the amp.



                      Never has this lack of gear cost me money in terms of fees charged or gigs lost IMO. Never has a client asked me about the quality of my gear. I ask the agent what the requirements of the gig are, and if they exceed my gear, I tell them to rent.



                      I know full time players who obsess about gear, and buy the latest greatest stuff. I don't see how they net any money, in fact I know they don't. I know other guys who are full timers who endorse instrument companies-these guys get all the stuff for free. I don't think investing in band gear, as opposed to personal gear, is a good idea. Even personal gear-I've waited until there was a need that justified the purchase. Again, when a band is ready to do work that absolutely requires certain gear, it has a way of appearing. At least IME.



                      What makes a band more valuable? Anything that improves it in any way.

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                      • To try and get SOMEWHAT back on the OP, I'll suggest what has always worked for me: set long term goals and short term markers you can hit along the way. For a cover band--have maybe a Three Year or a Five-Year plan for your band: "we'd like to be THIS sort of band playing THESE sorts of gigs for THIS sort of money at the end of the term".



                        And then set smaller goals you can hit along the way: landing a certain gig; getting in with a certain agent; making a certain dollar amount. After every few months, or even after each gig, look at where you are and what you're doing, think about the next step and what things you can do to be a little bit better than you were at the last gig. Maybe that's means tightening up the harmony vocals. Maybe that means working to cut down on the dead-air between tunes. Maybe that means getting that new promo kit finished. Maybe that means buying some new lights. Maybe that means learning a new bunch of tunes.



                        But ALWAYS keep looking forward and pushing ahead. Because you can ALWAYS be better than you were at the last gig--on every level--and being 'better' is what creates more 'value'. You have to set little goals for yourself, otherwise the "big picture" goal can seem too daunting. But you always have to keep one eye on the big picture as well.



                        Stagnation and complacency are the enemy.
                        _________________________________________________
                        band websites:
                        http://www.JumpStartYourParty.com
                        https://www.gigmasters.com/Rock/Jump-Start
                        https://www.facebook.com/JumpStartYourParty
                        http://www.weddingwire.com/biz/jumps...587fe5f12.html

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                        • To try and get SOMEWHAT back on the OP, I'll suggest what has always worked for me: set long term goals and short term markers you can hit along the way. For a cover band--have maybe a Three Year or a Five-Year plan for your band: "we'd like to be THIS sort of band playing THESE sorts of gigs for THIS sort of money at the end of the term".



                          And then set smaller goals you can hit along the way: landing a certain gig; getting in with a certain agent; making a certain dollar amount. After every few months, or even after each gig, look at where you are and what you're doing, think about the next step and what things you can do to be a little bit better than you were at the last gig. Maybe that's means tightening up the harmony vocals. Maybe that means working to cut down on the dead-air between tunes. Maybe that means getting that new promo kit finished. Maybe that means buying some new lights. Maybe that means learning a new bunch of tunes.



                          But ALWAYS keep looking forward and pushing ahead. Because you can ALWAYS be better than you were at the last gig--on every level--and being 'better' is what creates more 'value'. You have to set little goals for yourself, otherwise the "big picture" goal can seem too daunting. But you always have to keep one eye on the big picture as well.



                          Stagnation and complacency are the enemy.
                          _________________________________________________
                          band websites:
                          http://www.JumpStartYourParty.com
                          https://www.gigmasters.com/Rock/Jump-Start
                          https://www.facebook.com/JumpStartYourParty
                          http://www.weddingwire.com/biz/jumps...587fe5f12.html

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                          • It's interesting to read this thread and the "post your video" thread. It's easy to see what's important to specific bands and who practices what they preach in terms of things like; subs, dress, (the dreaded) music stands and cargo shorts.



                            No specific point to make here just an observation.
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                            • It's interesting to read this thread and the "post your video" thread. It's easy to see what's important to specific bands and who practices what they preach in terms of things like; subs, dress, (the dreaded) music stands and cargo shorts.



                              No specific point to make here just an observation.
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                              • Quote Originally Posted by mr3lions
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                                It's interesting to read this thread and the "post your video" thread. It's easy to see what's important to specific bands and who practices what they preach in terms of things like; subs, dress, (the dreaded) music stands and cargo shorts.



                                No specific point to make here just an observation.




                                Our priorities might be reflected in the videos you see and hear. That assumes we have some sort of control over what does or doesn't happen on stage, at rehearsals, at home, etc.



                                FWIW, I'm squarely in music-first camp. Give me a choice between signing on with a gigging band with music that doesn't get me excited - song selection or performance - and one that's struggling to get gigs for whatever reason but knocks me out musically, and I'll take the latter every time. . . . . and no I don't expect everyone else to have the same priorities.

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