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  • Just wanted to share a thought here

    Just wanted to share a thought here.

    I have been very impressed lately by a bunch a amateur musicians.
    They only play for fun, a few gigs here and there in projects but no desire nor need to make a career in this business!! Most of them do not spend so much time practicing their instruments either and lack a lot of techniques... still... they have something that many professionals lost on their path to glory... they have an impressive amount of enthusiasm and most of all... they want to have fun!!
    Put enthusiasm and fun together...


    I have seen them growing as a team, growing as thinkers in the band, opening their mind to a certain awareness about what they are doing and most importantly about what they are able to do with mostly: THEIR POSITIVE ENERGY!! 
    About 15 years ago a harmonica player I was playing with (Frederic Yonnet for who knows) told me:
    If you don't have the techniques, you have to have the energy!! 
    Well these guys are the perfect example and demonstration of energy!!
    It is an honor for me to coach them and they teach me back a lot with their humility and positive energy.

    All of you here, who may have forgotten why you started playing music, remember this time because you were driven by a positive energy, no ego, no expectation for fame, and no greed for money. You just wanted to play, to have fun and to share this fun with anyone willing to listen to you. 
    THIS, is the musician sleeping inside all of us but that we tend to forget for other reasons that only professional musicians can recall!!




  • #2
    RobRoy: "There is an "honest grit" to his lying."


    • 55fmj
      55fmj commented
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      I would definately agree


  • #3
    Yup. With my band we might play 10 - 12 times a year, so it's always fun for us. I think gigging 1-2 times a week woul cause me to burn out.

    None of us need the money, the money is nice but it's the crowd we love. Dancing, singing along. If we are having fun up there they can't help but have fun as well!!
    PA Unity15's over LS800p's. YX15's, YX12's IPR power, RM32AI

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    • guido61
      guido61 commented
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      If we're playing any sort of "popular" music---be it rock, R&B, or country---we're playing what I consider to be "rock n roll".  And since its inception in the 1950s, rock music has always been about energy, fun and personality and conveying those aspects via the music and via the stage performance to the audience.  "How well you play your instrument" has always been just one of the tools a musician/band can utilize to make this connection.  

      The best, and most successful performers in the business are not always--and most often are not--the best technical musicians, singers or bands.  The key to popular music success is knowing how to blend all those aspects in a manner that connects with the audience.   THAT'S what brings people back to your shows over and over and THAT'S what ultimately puts more money in your pocket.


  • #4
    I had WAY more chops in the 80's.

    You needed them back then. I practiced a solid 2 hours a day. But I was in college, for music. And then gigging after.
    PA Unity15's over LS800p's. YX15's, YX12's IPR power, RM32AI

    LightsMartin Minimac Profiles, Chauvet Intimidator Spot Duos, Blizzard 3NX, Fab5, Hotbox