10-23-2007 12:52 PM
I've played professionally and semi professionally longer than lots of you kids have been alive.
10-23-2007 09:34 PM
10-24-2007 05:06 AM
Don't say "Hey, before we get started, does anyone have a lighter, a spoon and a belt I can use while I go to the bathroom?"
10-24-2007 05:24 AM
10-24-2007 05:37 AM
I've played professionally and semi professionally longer than lots of you kids have been alive. That doesn't mean i'm any good, but i have done a lot of auditions and i've sucked at a lot of auditions. I've even been TOO GOOD on at least one audition and didn't get the call back because the other guitarist didn't want to be shown up. At least that's what two members of the band told me.
Don't try out with new equipment ... stick with what you know works.
Don't play loud and lay way back. If you can't hear the other instruments and singers well, you're too loud ! Let THEM tell YOU when to turn it up.
Don't try to fake a song that you don't know. Ask politely if there's another song you can play with them.
Listen to what the other people are playing ... this serves me well to this day. It's amazing how many players just play the song without listening to the bass player, drummer, keys, second guitar ...
Remember, you're auditioning them. I have worked hard at auditions, been accepted into a group and all the while i had reservations because of things they did and said. Guess what? Those 'gut feelings' were mostly right and the little things that bugged me at first became reasons i quit. That was not fair to the band to rehearse with them when i knew in my heart that there were irreconcilable differences.
I wish someone had told me these things 30 years ago.
10-24-2007 05:42 AM
Oh, yeah, that brings back a memory! Not just a grumpy wife, a wife who became completely bent out of shape when she found out HER man was trying out for a band with a female singer. Didn't matter that I was happily married ... because they sure weren't.
Don't bring ill behaved kids and/or a grumpy wife.
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