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  • #31
    I agree with everything Dave said. I remember even being in the Junior High School band and thinking 'It's so great to be a part of making this wonderful sound.' In fact today if I could find a big-band situation I'd love it.



    I will say though, that I don't really like 'jamming', or at least what jamming usually ends up being with random people that just want to play.

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    • #32
      Man, I'm all about "plays well w/others."



      Frankly, sitting around playing alone holds abso ZERO interest for me. Every now and then it will occur outta sheer boredom, but, no. That's why I'm ALWAYS in a band if I can manage it. And better yet, more than one band. I haven't been in less than 2 bands simultaneously in decades, so long as one counts (as one should) church bands (which in my case actually play much more regularly-- at least once a week and sometimes more, than my original material rock bands).



      For quite awhile a few years ago I was in 3 or or 4 or even 5 bands simultaneously: Crash Pad (main band: old school punk rock and roll originals; lead guitar/lead vocals), First Things First (church; lead guitar and occasional mandolin and rare banjo w/occasional backing vox), Hoyt and the Hotheads (roots/y'allternative originals; lead guitar or bass, depending, and backing vox), Cinnamon Hill (acoustic-oriented rawk; mandolin, guitar); Pedagogy (pop originals and covers; first bass, then lead guitar, and backing vox).



      From a technical standpoint I'm a crap player. BUT I can be dropped into most rock/pop/nonjazz sitches and get along pretty well, adding something without taking away anything. At what turned out to be the last Hotheads gig a couple years back, I played bass in our trio set, but sat in on guitar w/zero prep/rehearsal, just totally winging it on original songs I'd never heard before, w/two other bands on the bill. One of the bands asked me to join them as a result, but at the time I was already too close to overextended.
      Visit Crash Pad at:
      http://CrashPadBand.com
      CONSUME!:
      http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/crashpad
      Gear List/Pics:
      https://sites.google.com/site/briankrashpad/

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      • #33
        Man, I'm all about "plays well w/others."



        Frankly, sitting around playing alone holds abso ZERO interest for me. Every now and then it will occur outta sheer boredom, but, no. That's why I'm ALWAYS in a band if I can manage it. And better yet, more than one band. I haven't been in less than 2 bands simultaneously in decades, so long as one counts (as one should) church bands (which in my case actually play much more regularly-- at least once a week and sometimes more, than my original material rock bands).



        For quite awhile a few years ago I was in 3 or or 4 or even 5 bands simultaneously: Crash Pad (main band: old school punk rock and roll originals; lead guitar/lead vocals), First Things First (church; lead guitar and occasional mandolin and rare banjo w/occasional backing vox), Hoyt and the Hotheads (roots/y'allternative originals; lead guitar or bass, depending, and backing vox), Cinnamon Hill (acoustic-oriented rawk; mandolin, guitar); Pedagogy (pop originals and covers; first bass, then lead guitar, and backing vox).



        From a technical standpoint I'm a crap player. BUT I can be dropped into most rock/pop/nonjazz sitches and get along pretty well, adding something without taking away anything. At what turned out to be the last Hotheads gig a couple years back, I played bass in our trio set, but sat in on guitar w/zero prep/rehearsal, just totally winging it on original songs I'd never heard before, w/two other bands on the bill. One of the bands asked me to join them as a result, but at the time I was already too close to overextended.
        Visit Crash Pad at:
        http://CrashPadBand.com
        CONSUME!:
        http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/crashpad
        Gear List/Pics:
        https://sites.google.com/site/briankrashpad/

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        • #34
          I'm lucky that most of my friends can play enough guitar to jam. We love it! We are all bedroom players although a couple have played in bands when they were younger. We all have different levels of playing and enjoy not only the music, but creating something amongst mates. It's one of the things in my life I really look forward to. That said, I play guitar alone for the most part.
          MIA Fender Strat / Gibson Les Paul Studio / Custom Telecaster / Washburn WI66 / Custom Stratocaster / Martin D15S / Guild D55 / Simon & Patrick Cedar

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          • #35
            I'm lucky that most of my friends can play enough guitar to jam. We love it! We are all bedroom players although a couple have played in bands when they were younger. We all have different levels of playing and enjoy not only the music, but creating something amongst mates. It's one of the things in my life I really look forward to. That said, I play guitar alone for the most part.
            MIA Fender Strat / Gibson Les Paul Studio / Custom Telecaster / Washburn WI66 / Custom Stratocaster / Martin D15S / Guild D55 / Simon & Patrick Cedar

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            • #36
              I played in bands for 20 years, and quit about 13 years ago. I'm old and tired, and don't want to move equipment anymore. That said, I wouldn't mind finding some guys to jam with 2-3 times a month, as long as I could leave my amp at someone's house.
              Hold mah beer an' watch this!

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              • #37
                I played in bands for 20 years, and quit about 13 years ago. I'm old and tired, and don't want to move equipment anymore. That said, I wouldn't mind finding some guys to jam with 2-3 times a month, as long as I could leave my amp at someone's house.
                Hold mah beer an' watch this!

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                • #38





                  many people on here also have said to them training and using your ear is not importent



                  Who the F*** says that? Your ear is the most important thing.



                  I love jamming with other people, and used to be in a bunch of bands. Playing with other musicians is more fun, a great way to learn, and super creative. It both tests you and brings out the best. That said, I'm just too busy to play with other people right now so I'm in woodshedding phase. I practice virtually every day, but rarely with other people. I miss it, but I have other priorities. I will go over to a buddy's house a couple times a year and play together for a bit, but that's all I can manage at this point. When the kid is a bit older and some of his issues have passed I hope to find more time to play with others.
                  Multiple award winning blues/rock/country at http://www.zeyerband.com or http://www.reverbnation.com/zeyer.Check my solo (instrumental rock) projects at: http://www.reverbnation.com/vincedickinson"Music is like the English language - it's just full of rules that need to be broken or you aren't hip.""It doesn't take talent to upgrade your playing. It takes patience" - Kenny Werner

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                  • #39





                    many people on here also have said to them training and using your ear is not importent



                    Who the F*** says that? Your ear is the most important thing.



                    I love jamming with other people, and used to be in a bunch of bands. Playing with other musicians is more fun, a great way to learn, and super creative. It both tests you and brings out the best. That said, I'm just too busy to play with other people right now so I'm in woodshedding phase. I practice virtually every day, but rarely with other people. I miss it, but I have other priorities. I will go over to a buddy's house a couple times a year and play together for a bit, but that's all I can manage at this point. When the kid is a bit older and some of his issues have passed I hope to find more time to play with others.
                    Multiple award winning blues/rock/country at http://www.zeyerband.com or http://www.reverbnation.com/zeyer.Check my solo (instrumental rock) projects at: http://www.reverbnation.com/vincedickinson"Music is like the English language - it's just full of rules that need to be broken or you aren't hip.""It doesn't take talent to upgrade your playing. It takes patience" - Kenny Werner

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                    • #40





                      many people on here also have said to them training and using your ear is not importent



                      Who the F*** says that? Your ear is the most important thing.



                      I love jamming with other people, and used to be in a bunch of bands. Playing with other musicians is more fun, a great way to learn, and super creative. It both tests you and brings out the best. That said, I'm just too busy to play with other people right now so I'm in woodshedding phase. I practice virtually every day, but rarely with other people. I miss it, but I have other priorities. I will go over to a buddy's house a couple times a year and play together for a bit, but that's all I can manage at this point. When the kid is a bit older and some of his issues have passed I hope to find more time to play with others.
                      Multiple award winning blues/rock/country at http://www.zeyerband.com or http://www.reverbnation.com/zeyer.Check my solo (instrumental rock) projects at: http://www.reverbnation.com/vincedickinson"Music is like the English language - it's just full of rules that need to be broken or you aren't hip.""It doesn't take talent to upgrade your playing. It takes patience" - Kenny Werner

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                      • #41





                        many people on here also have said to them training and using your ear is not importent



                        Who the F*** says that? Your ear is the most important thing.



                        I love jamming with other people, and used to be in a bunch of bands. Playing with other musicians is more fun, a great way to learn, and super creative. It both tests you and brings out the best. That said, I'm just too busy to play with other people right now so I'm in woodshedding phase. I practice virtually every day, but rarely with other people. I miss it, but I have other priorities. I will go over to a buddy's house a couple times a year and play together for a bit, but that's all I can manage at this point. When the kid is a bit older and some of his issues have passed I hope to find more time to play with others.
                        Multiple award winning blues/rock/country at http://www.zeyerband.com or http://www.reverbnation.com/zeyer.Check my solo (instrumental rock) projects at: http://www.reverbnation.com/vincedickinson"Music is like the English language - it's just full of rules that need to be broken or you aren't hip.""It doesn't take talent to upgrade your playing. It takes patience" - Kenny Werner

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                        • #42






                          Quote Originally Posted by BydoEmpire
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                          Who the F*** says that? Your ear is the most important thing.



                          I love jamming with other people, and used to be in a bunch of bands. Playing with other musicians is more fun, a great way to learn, and super creative. It both tests you and brings out the best. That said, I'm just too busy to play with other people right now so I'm in woodshedding phase. I practice virtually every day, but rarely with other people. I miss it, but I have other priorities. I will go over to a buddy's house a couple times a year and play together for a bit, but that's all I can manage at this point. When the kid is a bit older and some of his issues have passed I hope to find more time to play with others.




                          Just go to the last Rocksmith thread and you will see a few there that said training your ear is not importent! Guess it is the old way of doing things for geezers.

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                          • #43






                            Quote Originally Posted by BydoEmpire
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                            Who the F*** says that? Your ear is the most important thing.



                            I love jamming with other people, and used to be in a bunch of bands. Playing with other musicians is more fun, a great way to learn, and super creative. It both tests you and brings out the best. That said, I'm just too busy to play with other people right now so I'm in woodshedding phase. I practice virtually every day, but rarely with other people. I miss it, but I have other priorities. I will go over to a buddy's house a couple times a year and play together for a bit, but that's all I can manage at this point. When the kid is a bit older and some of his issues have passed I hope to find more time to play with others.




                            Just go to the last Rocksmith thread and you will see a few there that said training your ear is not importent! Guess it is the old way of doing things for geezers.

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                            • #44
                              I mostly play by myself now out of necessity, but I would love to play in a band again if I had the time to commit to it. Not only does playing with others push me to play better, but there's also just something about those moments when I'm playing with a group of people and everything comes together to sound "on." Full sound, everyone's doing their part... it reminds me of why I enjoy playing music in the first place. Then there's also the social aspect of it -- of course, rehearsals are about getting the songs down, but I was also friends with most of my bandmates so rehearsals were almost always a fun time for me and something to look forward to each week.



                              That said, I was never really a fan of jamming in the sense of one person playing a riff for 20 minutes while everyone else kind of noodles around it. I always preferred the more structured approach of let's pick a song and work on it. I don't think I'd do too well in a jam band.
                              Collapsible Kingdoms bandcamp soundcloud wordpress

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                              • #45
                                I mostly play by myself now out of necessity, but I would love to play in a band again if I had the time to commit to it. Not only does playing with others push me to play better, but there's also just something about those moments when I'm playing with a group of people and everything comes together to sound "on." Full sound, everyone's doing their part... it reminds me of why I enjoy playing music in the first place. Then there's also the social aspect of it -- of course, rehearsals are about getting the songs down, but I was also friends with most of my bandmates so rehearsals were almost always a fun time for me and something to look forward to each week.



                                That said, I was never really a fan of jamming in the sense of one person playing a riff for 20 minutes while everyone else kind of noodles around it. I always preferred the more structured approach of let's pick a song and work on it. I don't think I'd do too well in a jam band.
                                Collapsible Kingdoms bandcamp soundcloud wordpress

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