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  • #16






    Quote Originally Posted by Guitar Slim
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    I play in a Billy Joel tribute band and we open most shows with "Prelude/Angry Young Man" which has about 2 minutes of instrumental before any vocals. Any casual Joel fans in the crowd will likely not recognize it but we dig opening the show that way.



    We also play "I Go To Extremes" and our keyboardist throws in a bunch of pop culture references at the end such as the Simpsons theme, Hee Haw, the Muppets, etc. It's fun and perks up the crowd.




    Nice you don't limit your Joel tribute band to either just 70s or 80s Billy Joel...
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    • #17






      Quote Originally Posted by 3shiftgtr
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      Say bro, I released an instrumental trio record and worked it for a couple of years. We don't play much anymore as the bassist has moved about 3 hours away and the drummer took a gig with a Canadian artist and is never home.



      But you can build a following for this stuff. Our stuff could get pretty weird and our covers could be as much a challenge for the listener as they were for us (Chromazone by Mike Stern, Trim by John Scofield, Cogent by Rodney Kendrick etc.). But we did have some "normal" sounding stuff, and plenty of funk stuff too. The first 2 & 1/2 years we hit it pretty hard.



      1) Get a regular gig. Weekly or monthly. Weekdays are good (ours was the Tues of each month) in a college town or a place with a good 20 something crowd. Ours was a hip little bohemian place with import beers, a nice humidor, and local art on the wall. I plastered the campus and hit the local media the first couple of gigs. Over time we would see the same faces, but it took some time. Grad students and dirty hippies, baby.



      2) We did 4 cd release parties. 2 in my hometown and 1 in Nashville and one in a college town that we had the residence in. We basically made our money back for the project and then some in those 4 gigs.



      3) Pacing. Music lovers are your target and they're paying attention. They want to be moved. So attention needs to be paid to making each solo tell a story. And each tune needs to follow the next in a cogent way. We started each set out with a killer, then brought it down, then a ballad, then something funky, something weird, then the barn burner. Always have a barn burner and make sure the soloists don't blow their load before it.



      I remember a conversation I was having with Regi Wooten, and he was talking about how even the best players get caught up in the songs, and they don't PACE their set to provide NARRATIVE throughout the set. That narrative is what sets bands apart.



      4) Have something to sell. Yeah, we made some gig money. Mostly at festivals....which are a bitch to get when you play fusion cuz the rock people hate you, and the jass people REALLY hate you...but we made our way in a few after they saw us....but we made our money selling cd's and tshirts.



      We also often did a "freemium" thing starting on our 3rd year. At some point in the night I'd say "If you like what you hear, I want you to come over here and grab a cd. Pay what you can. If you spent all your money on beer cool, whatever, just pay what you can. But don't go home without a cd." Averaged about $6. A nice way to help dump your surplus discs and grab some good will.



      We even sold some demo discs for $3 of the stuff we were working on for our next cd. Sold a **************** pile of those.



      So there ya go.




      Focus. It's all about the vocals. You are stuck in the dive bar scene and that is all you will ever experience. Why is this so hard to understand?
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      • #18






        Quote Originally Posted by rsadasiv
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        Focus. It's all about the vocals. You are stuck in the dive bar scene and that is all you will ever experience. Why is this so hard to understand?




        May a crazed pole vaulter attack your sister's hoop skirt.
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        • #19






          Quote Originally Posted by 3shiftgtr
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          May a crazed pole vaulter attack your sister's hoop skirt.








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          • #20
            OH mo mohoumomohh
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            • #21
              For country bands, Last Date is a great instrumental. It's a rare treat when the bass player does 4 2 5 at the end of the bridge, instead of 2 2 5. You can also blues that one up or play it with a gospel feel. I also used to play Beverly Hillbillies theme with a banjo sample. I mess around at home with Foggy Mountain Breakdown sometimes, but that one's pretty challenging.

              Most of my instrumentals playing, with bands at least, is that Last Date and Green Onions- or what I call the "broken guitar string song". And I don't even much like playing it anymore. I much prefer Hip Hugger, but that one takes more time to work up.

              I enjoy getting on Rhapsody and listening to the old Nashville cat's instrumentals- Chet, Floyd, Charlie McCoy, Boots etc. I remember Floyd's "On the Rebound" being on the radio 40 years ago, but it's not a familiar piece.

              It's possible to do a full band treatment of the "Peanuts" theme (Linus and Lucy). Never heard a band do it live, though.
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              • #22
                How does Green Onions go over? People seem to know that tune, so I'm thinking it might go alright. I'd love to do either GO or Hip Hug Her, but I think the latter would flop in market, as few people know it.
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                • #23




                  Your best contribution to this Board so far.

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                  • #24
                    Your best contribution to this Board so far.


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                    • #25
                      How does Green Onions go over? People seem to know that tune, so I'm thinking it might go alright. I'd love to do either GO or Hip Hug Her, but I think the latter would flop in market, as few people know it.


                      The only times I've seen it performed, the guitarist absolutely lacked any level of restraint, and completely missed the point of the Cropper thing.

                      I used to play in a bluegrass band, where we'd do a half-dozen or so fiddle tunes throughout the night, and they either died with a thud or the dance floor filled up with drunk faux square dancing. I'm not sure which is worse.
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                      • #26
                        How does Green Onions go over? People seem to know that tune, so I'm thinking it might go alright. I'd love to do either GO or Hip Hug Her, but I think the latter would flop in market, as few people know it.


                        The only times I've seen it performed, the guitarist absolutely lacked any level of restraint, and completely missed the point of the Cropper thing.

                        I used to play in a bluegrass band, where we'd do a half-dozen or so fiddle tunes throughout the night, and they either died with a thud or the dance floor filled up with drunk faux square dancing. I'm not sure which is worse.
                        <div class="signaturecontainer"><a href="http://jukejointhandmedowns.com" target="_blank">Jukejoint Handmedowns (my band)</a><br />
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                        • #27
                          How does Green Onions go over? People seem to know that tune, so I'm thinking it might go alright. I'd love to do either GO or Hip Hug Her, but I think the latter would flop in market, as few people know it.


                          When I used to play it on a regular basis, it was pretty much filler material. Although it helps if the drummer realizes that GO has alot of drive and propulsion- NOT a slow song. My drummer, who probably never listened to the MG's, used to drag it and think he was grooving, at least before I set him straight.

                          As for Hip Hugger, I would think that it would get at least SOME recognition. It was on the soundtrack of "Barfly", Dammit! But for more recognition, work up the Streetbeater (Sanford and Son theme). Shane Theriot has an awesome guitar-based version of it, on his "Grease Factor" record. Johnny Neel on B3. Funky ****************.

                          Also, my old blues band used to do an arrangement of the theme from "Shaft". The Memphis-born drummer, Charlie Jenkins, was one of the percussionists on the original recording. He also played on a Bobby Rush record a few years ago.
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                          • #28




                            *Golf clap*

                            Well played, good sir.
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                            • #29
                              I wonder how a band would do if they used this list as their primary source for material.

                              http://www.digitaldreamdoor.com/pages/best_rockinst.html

                              Souljazz used to be a genre you could gig with, and more than a few guys recorded a lot of albums. Circa 1970, we used to play a couple instrumentals each set. It was an era where you could play an instrumental version of a current hit.

                              What happened?

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                              • #30
                                We have a handful of instrumentals on our playlist ... they don't get played every night ... but do get pulled out every now and then. Instrumentals on our "dance" list include:

                                Pick Up the Pieces - Average White Band
                                Europa - Santana
                                Time is Tight - Booker T & The MGs
                                The Munsters Theme - ??? (gets dusted off and played around Halloween every year)
                                Tequila - The Champs

                                If we're doing a "cocktail hour / dinner set" - there's a bunch more that make the list.
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