07-18-2013 03:47 PM
Yeah, in hindsight, continuing to practice would be a good way to keep the screws on him to not let things slide. But at this point, I think the urgency will already be there after canceling a rehearsal already. If not... THEN I'd say this probably isn't the guy for you.
Yeah, it's on him now. If he's not well prepared next Tuesday I'll be very disappointed cause that means we will have to really buckle down to get ready for the festival gig in September.
07-23-2013 11:14 AM - edited 07-23-2013 11:18 AM
Opus Antics wrote:
Learning 12 original songs and expecting to have them all down pat is a tall order. Learning 12 songs is aggressive enough...for a cover band where the songs are something the guy is already likely somewhat familiar with. But originals where there is zero familiarity with each nuance over the 12 songs? That's a lot of work. I'd ease up a little bit. Just my suggestion.
Here in Austin you can give a download link to a drummer or bassist and have just one rehearsal (or often, none) and they will kill at the show. If there are any rough spots in the songs it's likely because the band doesn't do the songs exactly like the MP3s the guy was given to learn.
Then again, these are people who play drums for a living and they expect to be paid pretty well for that hour or two. There are so many original bands in Austin that there's a large organized group of drummers and bassists who make most or all of their living as hired guns.
The downside, of course, is that they're not going to "join your band" or tolerate a lot of rehearsals (if any). And their availability will be spotty (as they work with many bands) so you'll need an Excel sheet listing of drummer and bassists sorted in order of your preference so you can call or email down the list each time you book a show to get what you need.
That might sound horrible, but I kinda like it. It's a built in way to meet lots of new, proficient musicians and network. It also gives you ideas as you hear a different take on your tunes from time to time, usually a better one if the guy decides to deviate from the MP3s you gave him. Most of all, it's so much better to play with guys better than yourself, it's how you learn.
07-24-2013 07:48 AM
UPDATE: Well, we had our first actual rehearsal (after he had worked on the songs) last night and it went really well. He had worked on 7 of the 12 songs and we went through them pretty much like clockwork, and we actually played one other song on the CD that he had not worked on, and then we worked on, and pretty much completed, a new song that I had written. I'm very optimistic now.
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