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Sam Therapy's absolutely indisputable facts

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  • Sam Therapy's absolutely indisputable facts

    Howdy!

    This is in no way an attempt to take the piss out of RQ; these are all genuine "stringly held opinions" to quote the gent, misspellings and all.

    Some of 'em are UK specific, and I'll attempt to mark those with an asterisk, just so's ya'll know.

    Rip 'em up, people!

    1. There *is* such a thing as too much gain.

    Yeah, I know Rob has held forth on this very subject before, but he's generally coming from a whole nother park when it comes to sonic territory. I'm more yer Punk/Metal stylee guy, so it may come as a surprise for you to see me trot this line out.

    Tis true, though - beyond a certain point, you *will* lose dynamics and you will sound like a wasp in a tin can. Back it off a little until you can hear the individual strings, then you got it just 'bout right.

    2. Anyone who complains about the Strat control layout can't play guitar.

    I'm not gonna go through the whole gamut of ergonomics here, just gonna say that I play Les Pauls, Strats, Teles and anything else you care to gimme and I never once had a problem with the selector switch or volume pot. If you're kicking them around, look to your technique. I can do a windmill and not hit anything but the strings, and so should you.

    3. The bass guitarist is your friend.

    How many times do you hear of the guitarist wanting the bass lower in the mix? Too damn many, that's how many. Guys, wake up! Like it or not, that big fat bottom end is what gets those booties shakin' and the room a-quakin'. Bass can add a whole hell of a lot to your tone, too - leaving your sonic territory free for some serious wailin' while your man on the 4 stringer is giving it some serious leather. Think of some great bands who really had a big fat sound - Yes (back in the day), Stranglers, and (need I say it) Funkadelic. Yay! Let's hear (it for) the bass.

    4. If you introduce your band members, you are committing suicide onstage*

    A Brit thang, mebbe. We don't wanna know what the drummer is called - just play that ****************in' music, white boy. Seriously, people (here at least) really don't give a flying ****************, they are there to listen to some music, not your raconteur skills.

    5. Extended guitar solos piss everyone off. *

    This is a 50/50 Brit thing, perhaps. Majority of people here *do not* care how great a guitarist you are - if you're in a covers band, they wanna hear a note-for-note copy of the song you're covering. If you play original material, they want it short, sweet, simple. Sad? Betcha ass. So, do what you wanna do - but expect a rough ride. The musos in the audience will slag off your playing (well, we are all guilty) the non-musos will want you to stop showing off.

    6. You don't need everything in your monitors.

    This is a follow up to Rob's post, regarding monitors; or the lack thereof. If you are lucky enough to have foldback onstage, *don't* be tempted to go for everything in there. You don't need it. If you sing, go for your own voice and maybe the drums - and if you're really fortunate, choose between the other vocalist (if you have one) or the bass. That's all you need. On really bad nights, I have chosen drums only. My amp is loud enough to hear onstage, and I know my own voice well enough to be able to sing reasonably well without monitors.

    7. You should be able to play guitar with your eyes closed.

    Seriously - if you don't know the fingerboard well enough to do this, you really need to work on your technique. Playing live means often playing in the dark or less than ideal lighting situations. No big deal for our more experienced brethren here, but it's something our newcomers and recent guitarists should be learning.

    8. The drummer is a ****************ing idiot.

    I'm sorry, he is. He may be an essential part of the band, but he is an idiot.
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    Sam,

    just picked this up at 1:36 a.m. I'll hopefully do it some justice tomorrow

    Russ T

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    • #3
      Hokey dokey, Mr Dudlamp.

      Later, Tater.
      <div class="signaturecontainer">Coppula eam se non posit acceptera jocularum.</div>

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      • #4
        1. damn right

        2. damn right

        3. damn right. I'm always telling bassists to turn UP

        4. Must be a Brit thing, it usually goes over fairly well on this side of the ocean....besides, if anything, it DOES help band morale

        5. no comment. my feelings change with my mood on this subject

        6. I don't think I've ever had the luxury of moniters...I hear it's nice...my agressive vocal style developed a lot from screaming my head off just to hear myself

        7. damn right

        8. damn right....especially right if he happens to play guitar but not own one.....NO DAMNIT!! GIMME MY ****************ING GUITAR BACK, *I* WANNA PLAY!!!

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          • #6
            (touch touch.........)

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            • #7
              3. totally agree, altho i also like to have a punchy guitar tone that can be felt in your chest.

              another band with huge thick tone added by the bass: Primal Fear
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              • #8
                Pretty good facts Sam. I'd have to agree for the most part. Great post.

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                I wanna put it up on the cyberjammin' site!!!

                Thanks Sam!!!

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by ShatteredMindofBob
                  8. damn right....especially right if he happens to play guitar but not own one.....NO DAMNIT!! GIMME MY ****************ING GUITAR BACK, *I* WANNA PLAY!!!
                  You mean that's a universal problem?? Holy shoot!! I'M NOT ALONE!!!
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Sam Therapy
                    1. There *is* such a thing as too much gain.


                    Absolutely. the real question is: Is there such a thing as too little gain?

                    2. Anyone who complains about the Strat control layout can't play guitar.


                    Well, I don't play guitar much and on my balalajka the controls are way out of reach. So I can have as bad technique as I want and get away with it

                    3. The bass guitarist is your friend.


                    Not only is he my friend, he's my teacher in life and my rock to lean on and... he's my everything. When he leaves me I'll die.

                    4. If you introduce your band members, you are committing suicide onstage


                    Nah, it's nice to introduce your band memebers. Especially after they've done something really good like a wild solo or something. makes them feel appreciated and then they play better.

                    5. Extended guitar solos piss everyone off.


                    It depends on the music but basically I agree. But... one or two (or maybe even three) really wilod and extended solos per night is a good thing.

                    6. You don't need everything in your monitors.


                    I've just learned that thinking like this was our biug mistake during last gig. We had only the vocals in the monitors and this allowed the stage volume to go up. Either a good balance of everything or nothing at all.

                    7. You should be able to play guitar with your eyes closed.


                    It's not the most important skill in the world, and it's relatively easy to learn. It's good for concentration and it's good for something else. If you can play with your eyes closed you can play while looking at the audience.

                    8. The drummer is a ****************ing idiot.


                    Yeah, that's our man! He's a nut case. But he's the best ****************ing drummer in Stockholm and he's mine!
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                    • #11
                      3. The bass guitarist is your friend.

                      I can't argue with that, in fact, most of the time I have a hard time hearing him as well as I would like. But I will also say there have been many times where I have heard bands and ALL you could hear was bass and drums. That usually pisses me off.

                      5. Extended guitar solos piss everyone off. *
                      'Round hearabouts there is a healthy contingent of Jam band enthusiasts. I had people danceing all night last night to some pretty extendo guitar leads and jams. I don't think I'd play out much if there wasn't an audience for that.


                      6. You don't need everything in your monitors.
                      Agreed, in fact I turned the moniters off after the second set on Friday night and forgot to turn them back up for the third set. Since I wasn't useing one I didn't notice. The singer had complained about not hearing herself last week and the rest of the band told her that she was screaming loud on stage so she was afraid to say anything this time around! We played the 3rd set with no moniters at all.

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                      • #12
                        11. You can never have enough cowbell.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Fridge
                          11. You can never have enough cowbell.


                          Yes, so very true.
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                          <font size="0"><font color="red">inbox is full, send e-mail instead</font></font><br />
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                          Ah, sorry, it's all in swedish, but you can always <i>look</i>!<br />
                          <br />
                          You can also check out my crazy friend Dan's crazy website where he'll teach you to master the guitar in 8 minutes (or days... or whatever). <br />
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Sam Therapy
                            Howdy!


                            8. The drummer is a ****************ing idiot.

                            I'm sorry, he is. He may be an essential part of the band, but he is an idiot.


                            This is so cold!
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                            • #15
                              SAM!!!!! WHERE ARE YOU BRO???


                              I just returned from Sabatical and know NONE of these new hooligans!

                              Wherefore art thou Sam-I-Am??

                              The Punisher.

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