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  1. Whelp, it turned out to be a huge turnout, I was surprised as anyone haha. Something quite unique happened too. We use a Mackie mixer, one of the models that has an iPad dock where the iPad controls everything. Apparently our sound guy never thought to change the default password for the software, so imagine our surprise when our sound went goofy and one of our mic's started feeding back, our singer noticed a guy in the audience with an iPad.. called him out. Apparently the guy hacked into our sound and thought he could do a better job and just took over using the default password to get into our settings. It got tense when the singer berated and trashed the guy in front of the whole bar, but apparently this guy backed off and stopped. Then this 'sound guy' had the audacity to post a response on our FB page - a "review" of our gig, where he said the band was really good, but that our sound needed work and then promoted his next gig as a sound guy in the review. We debated showing up and confronting him, then decided it wasn't worth it, but of all the things in the world to go wrong at a gig, who ever expected this to happen? Who brings an ipad to a bar with the hopes and intentions of taking over their sound control?? Which concerns me greatly.. many guitar pedals are bluetooth now.. and many have no security whatsoever.. how can I stop people from showing up at a gig and hacking into my pedals? What a crazy world we live in.
  2. So we got a gig coming up next week. Bars around here are allowed to open to 75% capacity. The bar has been harping on us almost daily about how many people we're going to bring 🙄 to the point that I'm no longer even looking forward to playing there. Oh yea, and NO FREE BEER.
  3. And just this other one- It's pretty amazing musicianship
  4. I'm really into the genre post-rock. It's like rock with no rules, truly alternative by it's own nature. This is a really fantastic album I wanted to share and hopefully excite a few people into learning new ways of looking at rock
  5. My band started rehearsals during the summer after the initial 'wave' of the pandemic simmered down. We're on hiatus again since this 2nd / 3rd surge doesn't seem to be slowing down I miss rehearsals the most. We haven't gigged since just before Covid hit back in February. I guess the silver lining is that we've consistently added new songs and since we don't rehearse together as much, everyone has been extra prepared and we've replaced nearly our entire set list with all new material. How are you guys faring?
  6. Local bars have mostly re-opened around here, but with enough restrictions that few are doing enough business to turn any profits, so few to none are having bands, and frankly I'm okay with not playing in a closed room until a vaccination is a reality. Outdoor events are trickier... We played an outdoor lawn party last month which went extremely well. Families stuck together and everyone maintained a fair distance from those not in their respective parties. AFAIK nobody was sick or got sick after the event. It was a really nice way to finally get out and play while maintaining a reasonable level of safety. I think we all kind of needed it, so it was arguably one of the best gigs we've played. We've been rehearsing weekly again since July, with the rule that if anyone has so much as the sniffles that we cancel that week. So far, we've missed more rehearsals than we've had, but we all have continued to be uninfected. We're placing most of our efforts into learning and rehearsing new covers.
  7. I use the Xotic BB boost, it's super flexible and sounds great no matter how I use it - either for boost or light dirt tones. Notably, I've added both the EQD Arrows and Black Eye pedals for clean and solo boosts and they make the need for any 'dirt' boost kind of pointless for me.
  8. I find the Ibanez CS9 and FL9 pedals to be among the best I've used. Simple, elegant, and they really mix well with band volumes.
  9. I'm kind of hoping (maybe fantasy) that once this is all over, that the masses will crave and appreciate the performing arts and social events surrounding the arts far more than the virtual arts (youtube, facebook, etc..). We're all getting a heavy dose of social media, and I believe the world is seeing it for what it is- a flimsy and ungratifying way to socialize, and now that it's been forced on us all by proxy, when we get past it, I think the social media sites will see a much reduced participation level than before the crisis. The internet is a tool, and a useful one, but not the end-all for everything - especially in the arts and socializing. I believe people are beginning to see that now. Hopefully we all learn a lot from this experience and change our behaviors. Yea, maybe wishful thinking
  10. Yep this sucks. My band hasn't even rehearsed since the last week of Feb. I'm in an area that had one of the first outbreaks, so we're now on stay at home orders from the governor. Music isn't my income, but gigs did help pay for some really nice gear and let's face it, when everyone gets along and gels well in a band, it's just good times and some of my fondest life memories. I'm so sorry for those of you who can't work One of my favorite inspirational quotes from a fictional character: "We shall endure".
  11. I have to say my 'new' coverband recorded our first practice.. The volumes were dialed back and we sounded fantastic. I'm glad I have this at least, and the search for a great side-band continues....
  12. I got a chance to play the elite Strat last week, also incredible, I dunno if I can wait a year to buy the strat but my wallet says NO
  13. We're renaming right now and here's the frontrunners: The Effin Band Faceplant Crowd Sourcers Side Effects The guys chose one of them- Side Effects, which is the one I least care for, lol. What do you guys think?
  14. I agree tele's are kinda of repulsive looking, I've always loved strat styles myself. And this years color options on the Ultra's is a tragedy that is almost inexcusable. But man.. this might be the best model Fender has ever built. I've played a wide quality range of Fenders over the years, and this one is better by every measure so far, it's feel rivals the best guitars I've ever played. It's nice to finally own one again after many years
  15. I completely agree Grant, and my rant is probably just a byproduct of my frustration with players who cannot look at the composition as a whole. I try not to be negative in most spaces of my life, and occasionally have to have some verbal diarrhea to purge myself of these frustrations I'm all about what I call the 9th note - the rest. Most people I play with seem to have this desperate need to fill every possible moment with sound. A good example is the drummer who rides the crash symbols, which when in a non-creshendo moment tends to stomp all over everyone. I've seen guitarists do the same. One of my friends, who is arguably a better guitarist than myself, tends to drag out solos that have no point or story- just random phrasing tossed together in meaningless and endless existence. He also tends to turn up over everyone and there's been times where I was doing a breathable 4-measure solo only to have him step in on measure 2 or 3, and play over me, effectively stealing the solo. I avoid inviting him to jams now just because he cannot seem to control himself, and it's a shame as he is a childhood friend and a great guy outside of when he's got a guitar. Anyways, I'm sorry for being negative, I guess my frustrations are more about not being able to find the quality of musician that I had hoped to, but I don't give up easy... the search continues!
  16. Just got it on Friday, gigged with it on Saturday. Anyone who ever said a mexi or performer series was just as good is just ... wrong! 😛
  17. As usual, my passion overstates my ability to express my thoughts accurately. I would cite Peart and even Geddy Lee as great musicians who don't or didn't crush the guitar in the mixes. Sure, they play very intricate parts, and there's nothing wrong with that, but at no time do I ever hear either of them stomping all over the guitar work, most especially over any intricate parts. That's kind of what I was getting at. I believe I spoke better to the problem in my original post examples. Not a big deal, I was really just venting, but it continues to be an issue when it comes to creative projects. Funny that in my cover band, these issues don't exist.
  18. Lots of interesting perspectives and points made here. My initial post was more on the PMS'ing about bass and drums specifically because of the nature of their instruments.. they are supposed to be the rhythm section, and especially in the post-rock genre, where the guitar work and effects are so intricate, it just frustrates me to no end how "lead drummers" and "lead bassists" so vastly outnumber the actual rhythm players.
  19. So... Just something that's been gnawing on my mind the last few months. I'm from the 80's, cut my teeth on everything from Led Zep to Metallica and from Duran Duran to Stevie Ray, good times As an electric guitarist in these mostly rock-based cover bands throughout my life, I learned early on that 1) if there's another guitarist in the band, there's a 99% chance he's going to always be louder than me, and 2) If I try to turn up to get anywhere near his volume, he will just turn up more (not all, but most). For some reason many guitarists from that era are super competitive and feel the need to blast out any other guitarists. For that reason, I had always taken a back seat to them, avoiding the competition, and just dialed myself into the mix initially and left myself there, even after everyone else continued to ratchet up their volumes song after song in an endless competition to see who can permanently damage their hearing first. Of course I was buried in the mix at that point, but when things get to a certain level, it all sounds like garbage anyways, especially in smaller venues and practice spaces. Fast forward to today... I've been recently trying to put together a side project, specifically post-rock, and more specifically the no-vocals types of dream-pop and shoegaze post-rock. The guitar work in this type of music is very intricate, and requires a tone that can cut through the mix and retain it's dynamic nature. Shimmering cleans, and jangly echoes, reverb out the wazoo, some fuzz or dirt here or there, generally- a wall of sound, sometimes subtle, other times it builds into a tsunami. All of the guitar work I do in it is carefully crafted to be very dynamic, and yet it's completely lost to crankers. I recently worked with 2 local groups, and in both cases, the bass and drums were so obnoxiously loud that words cannot properly define the absurdity of it. With the first band, I just caved to the mix. All that great tone I've spend half a lifetime creating and perfecting, just lost in the mix. I did try to match them and turn up as needed, but some point I did a solo and left my boost on, and was still being drowned out, gave up and just stopped trying to overcome it. With the second band, I tried a new approach. I turned up, several times to match both of them. They actually told me I was too loud, several times that night. I explained to them that the style of music is completely focused on the guitar (and keyboard) being the "lead" parts and that the rhythm section shouldn't be burying them in the mix. The one guy looked at me like I was an idiot and the other just stopped acknowledging me. I used a zoom recorder to record it, and even with me "too loud", I was being drowned out by bass (with too many fx on it too) and what may be the loudest effin drummer I've ever played with. The guy rode the crash symbols so hard that I was still hearing them 2 hours after I left. So while in both cases, all of the guys had good chops, timing, and musicianship. Yet at the same time, none seemed to understand dynamic. It's just jack that crap to 11 and hold onto something... How can people my own age still be stuck in this cycle? Why does it seem like the majority of them rather than a minority, just don't get it- which is what I would think that over time these guys should have learned? I'm just beside myself today, thinking about it, listening back to the recordings and face palming it.
  20. Very Informative Craig! One thing I wanted to add is that the DIgitech GSP line has a setting in the unit that shapes the signal based on the type of amp, such as SS stack, Tube Combo, Tube Stack, etc.. that can make all the difference in the world- as these units do not come out of the box preset to work with tube amps. The usually come with the cabinet simulators turned on, and the shaping set to direct (PA), and when plugged through a guitar amp, as you know, sounds like garbage! I didn't realize the part about the input levels, but have had that digital distortion (I called it digital artifacting, not realizing what was causing it) - I chased a lot of dead ends trying to rectify it, including selling off an active pickup guitar that seemed to have more trouble in that area than the others. Now I will be checking my levels and hopefully improving my tone. Good times!
  21. We don't do banter much at all in my cover band. I never really thought about it until I did a fill in gig recently. The singer rallied the crowd, called for socials, held the mic out to them for crowd participation pars like "da da da" on sweet caroline (we didn't do that one, just using it as an example). The whole night, this guy kept the bar packed til close. He didn't spend more than 15-30 seconds just talking... it was either a quick rally, or a crowd participation event like doing the socials. The bar told us later that it was the best night they ever had on liquor. Now I get it.
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