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03-12-2013 01:01 PM
Well, it been 8 months since I originally posted this and there have been some great words of advice I have certainly taken. I did quit at one point when I heard there were conversations behind my back the Drummer didn’t like having keys in the band. This turned out to be a miscommunication – and when I did quit the guitarist promptly did too. We patched the whole thing up after a week or so. I had booked them to be the opening act for my main band at a fairly big show. With everyone quitting I was in a bind for another opener. It was a new club in town that pays musicians really well, has a packed built in audience and amazing sound and production – I needed to make a good impression.
Rehearsals immediately got a lot more professional with a show coming up. We learned some covers that I was giving the same ambient treatment I was giving their originals which made them sound unique. Pads and comping gave way to Rhode’s, Piano and B3 parts. I started playing electric guitar in a couple of songs and sang backup. I also employed some hand percussion (Maraca’s, Tambourine and cowbell – yes cowbell) for songs I had gaps on. They always close their show with a ballad that gets bigger and bigger. With me in the mix I started it with solo dirty Wurlitzer and ended up with some of the Multi-Orchestral layers on the Motif that was in the ‘Game of Thrones’ realm. People actually commented after the show that they hadn’t heard that coming from a bar band. The only downside was after the show I had to play another two hours with my own band – I had no downtime/socializing that night at all.
I always felt they were a little less experienced than myself (and the guys in my main band) – so the things that stressed them out – I felt were ridiculous. For instance the guitarist and singer wanted to use my two guitar players amps. Who does that? The Bass Amp and drum kit fine, but guitar amps? So when they were told no. they thought we were being really arrogant. – I was stuck in the middle. If they were so nervous about the gig you’d think they would want to stick to what they know. Or wasting time on selecting clever intros or what color shirts to wear.
In recent months the drummer and bass player have been out a lot due to holiday and business – this allows the guitarist and singer and I to write new material using Drums + and Garage Band on the iPad. The singer writes everything as a folk song in ‘Farmers Corner’ on the guitar but capo’s everywhere. This expands AND simplifies my parts by playing in keys outside my comfort zone. Also I have a ton of singer songwriter stuff – they really like me to play one or two of my songs on acoustic guitar, and the female singer plays my keys and sings backup. It takes some of the pressure off her and has a completely different vibe.
So , All in all things have settled and greatly improved – I have managed their expectations so I can skip rehearsals if I want – but I never do. I now have far more input in song writing and arranging than I do in my main band. My playing is far more complicated as well – which keeps things interesting – there’s also no drinking or weed smoking which makes everyone keep their sh*t together.
03-12-2013 09:29 PM
"Or wasting time on selecting clever intros or what color shirts to wear"
exactly what I feel about my own band....
and many bands members I know, they can afford a $700 phone, but can't even get their $200 electric guitar setup properly, or have their own double kick pedal . come on, a double kick pedal costs 4 times cheaper than their fancy phones or ipad. or spend thousands modifying their cars, but can't even spend few hundred bucks for proper guitar or keyboard etc.. :robotmad:
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