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Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by ndcaster, Apr 19, 2017 at 6:30 PM.
you mean "a gig" or "more gigs" elsewhere or being signed to Universal?
It used to be to get a few very talented and different people to make something nobody else did that we and hopefully others wanted to hear, and do it to make a difference in people's lives.
Then as time and lives moved on it became just being grateful for the times I had to make music with my friends, in a pure and straightforward way.
Now it's not about music at all, it's just a by-product of wanting to make a difference in any way I can that is meaningful to others.
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He was a long-time jamming friend we've known for 30+ years. Never took lessons or anything. He was a human metronome but somehow it all sounded kinda flat and uninspired. Not enough energy. We made it work though. We're more friends than bandmates and will remain so in the future. He left because he can't afford to live where we are (Northern California), doing what he does for a living (line cook). I don't blame him a bit for leaving. I'd get sick of living paycheck to paycheck too. Been there, done that.
I put out an ad on Craigslist. So far we've gotten one response. The guy may be a little too good for us though. We're basically a really good garage band with some good original songs trying to get something down for posterity's sake.
Buy and learn to play ukulele and mandolin.
Buy and relearn to play keyboard (I played when I was 6 to 10, never any good with my left hand, don't expect to be much better now) and tenor sax (played alto in school band, not a very good one, hard to sound good with bent keys and a chipped mouthpiece kept breaking reeds).
Finally purchase the Peavey Classic 20 MH and 112C cab I've been gasing over a year for.
Songwise, master Sultans of Swing smoothly and as well as Knopfler plays it. Also master Tree Top Flyer, as smoothly as Stills plays it.
Finish writing and recording a couple originals on this laptop using Reaper.
Find a reason to record all the songs I've written.
I've got the songs and the gear, but not the reason.
@ndcaster No, not really. Those are goals, and I don't have the cash for any new purchases for a while...
Keep moving forwards on keyboards, technique -wise. Along with that goes learning some of the new equipment I've recently acquired.
On guitar, first thing is to figure out how I'm going to actually use my fingers. The Wes Montgomery thing isn't quite congruent to my goals. And get more agile with barre chords. At least I can do them now, it's time to use them.
I don't consider any of the recording and studio stuff to be musical in the sense of the question.
100% musical. Next gig is on the 29th. First paying gig in over a year!
I've been working on writing songs. They appear to be alt country in nature.
I've assembled scraps of guitar parts,
stuff I've hummed into my iphone,and lyrics I've written in my journal.
I want to take a course on songwriting.
I want to learn 4 or 5 songs and sing them with my guitar at open mic on Tuesdays.
I plan on showing up with my bass at open mics on Thursdays also.Just to keep playing out.
Probably more efficient in the whole process. And it's probably on my part. Time just gets spread out between too many life demands.
The other old bandmates aren't in to gigging but are into the recording. Which is fine.
Most of the originals they had pre our meeting each other. But, we have collaborations since our getting together.
Most of my practice these days on electric is towards becoming a tight pocket rhythm guitarist (shuffles, boogies, swing, etc to metronome, jam tracks & records).
I figure the lead will come more naturally after solidifying the foundation. I've been more of an acoustic guy my whole life, so the feel on electric is still a learning process.
The Entire show.
Starting with minimizing my own mistakes.
Tempo, Vocals, Solo's ... Hoping that my performance is good enough to inspire the people playing onstage with me to play better too.
Sometimes, it all comes together and, all of us walk-out at the end of the night feeling like a Million Bucks.
Even though we only made a hunnerd.
As far as connecting with the crowd goes, that is on a level all by itself.
It really is on the back-burner because I simply can't rehearse for it.
Master the tricky F chord. I have E down pretty good now so I'm working my way up the neck alphabetically.
Kicking off a new band, just picked up a copy of Pat Metheny's Guitar Etudes and working to read past the 10th fret again.
Finish my first hand-built electric guitar, then build another using the knowledge I gained doing the first one, hopefully with better wood and hardware.
What I REALLY need to do is learn and practice (and practice, and practice...) enough scale and theory to allow my fingers to play what I hear in my head. I have a very hard time doing that.
Stop buying and trading ****!
And also learn surf guitar deeply.
Mine is to band-lead more.
Hopefully a lot more.
I have a bad case of sideman-itis.
I have been extremely lazy since returning to Texas from BC 13 1/2 years ago.