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Blew-Off Band Practice Today

Discussion in 'Band Wagon' started by String Tree, Dec 23, 2012.

  1. String Tree

    String Tree Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    Taking crap for it too.

    We were supposed to get together Saturday, but on Thursday the Drummer fell ill and wanted to wait and see.

    My other Guitarist hosts a Jam nite every Sunday evening and suggested we come in early and do a rehearsal there, before the Jam starts.
    I said ok.

    But stuff piled-up on me. We are hosting Christmas Eve at our house and my wife was giving me the silent-but-deadly Stink-Eye when I said I'd be off to the Bar to practice while she stays home to clean and cook.

    Hate to be the spoiler of fun but, I had to tell them NO.

    Our next gig is NYE and we prolly won't have any time between now and then.
    My Argument is we have been together for 3 years, we know the stuff. Or at least we should! We don't have any new songs in the works, so I think we will pull it off without any problem.
     
  2. Mid Life Crisis

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    Sounds like it's not an issue if it's just a rehearsal and you don't really need it.

    Our drummer blew us out for a gig on NYE for the same reason though...his wife wouldn't let him, even though we're getting very good money for it. Needless to say he got a merciless bollocking from our singer about it, and will find out very soon what the consequences are, if he already doesn't realise. Meantime, we've hired a dep (who's 100 times better anyway) for the night.
     
  3. trev333

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    you blew off at band practice?... phew. gag...

    did you stand by the drummer before walking away?...

    that was our substitute word for farting when we were kids...

    aww who blew off?...
     
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    It happens. I've always said family has to come first. I never want to be part of the reason for a divorce lol.

    Now that being said, if you were doing this a lot and made a habit of it I can see a problem but of it was a big enough deal that you are talking about it on here it obviously is not. They'll get over it. Your wife may not have.
     
  5. LeftyAl

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    Lots to do around the house around Christmas.Your wife shouldn't have to do it all alone.The band should get over it.Family first
     
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    FU*K 'em. Family will be there long after they are gone....and rock'n'roll will go on too!
     
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    We never meet up unless we have something new to work out together. We usually do around a three hour set,if I suggested running over the songs we already know for 3 hours they'd all laugh at me and ask if I'm going to pay them.
     
  8. String Tree

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    There were a lot of Band Dynamics going on too.
    I didn't like doing that to them but, I had no choice.

    Just venting a bit.

    Now its time to let Time do its healing thing.
     
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    this gentleman knows where it's at
     
  10. StarliteDeVille

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    Kind of depends on when y'all decided to practice and when you let your wife know. If it was sprung on her at the last minute and you knew, that is your fault. If you told her in advance and she was okay with it, then got mad when it was practice time, that's on her. If they called the day of, then that is their problem. Family during the holidays is more than enough reason to not practice. I wouldn't get too wrapped up in your other argument about not needing to practice, because if that is the case, you should have told them that in the first place. It makes it sound like you had other excuses ready in case family didn't work.
     
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    at least ya'll have bands to fight with... glass half full, right??
     
  12. String Tree

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    StarliteDeVille PLENTY of blame to go around for everybody, including me.
    I sent them a text before any of them were even awake saying I couldn't do it.
    I said, they said, ... ugh.

    ast370 Lotta egg on everybody's faces, not enough Eggnog.
     
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    You men you guys don't practice every regularly? We practice every week and twice a week before a big gig.
     
  14. String Tree

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    No, we don't.
    Families and Full-Time jobs take their toll.

    I accept the argument that we would be tighter if we did.
     
  15. Bartholomew3

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    I personally like it loose - do mostly Blues, Clsssic-Rock or old Country and walk into gigs cold with no rehearsal.

    Like if I can't play "Hootchie-Kootchie Man" or "Thrill is Gone" by now...another 20 rehearsals ain't gonna make any difference.

    We're like a jam band in a way - too much rehearsal and memorizing makes it stale, shouldn't be required unless new material is being done...my 2 cents.
     
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    we have been together for 3 years, we know the stuff.

    So what exactly was the plan and why? If you know how to do your day job do these guys have to read the company handbook every morning before they drive to work? I just don't get this. Rehearsal is for working up new material. Band practice is for.....I don't know.... 12 year olds?
     
  17. Bartholomew3

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    Old Cane --- I guess you and I have been doing this longer than most here. Or maybe we just have more experience, better ears, better chops.

    I was signed to several major New York labels with big-name producers before the age of 25 and opened shows for a few known artists but won't name drop.

    To quote myself: "I've been around the block but am not yet over the hill".

    Luck plays a part also - being at the right place, right time, right people.
     
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  18. String Tree

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    A failure to communicate.
    We collectively wrote a chapter on how to do it the wrong way.

    As far as the Band Dynamic goes, I love these guys.
    The first time we got together in the same room, we just knew we had something that could run for a long time with the same members.
    We've collectively pulled for each other countless times.

    More often than not, 'rehearsals' are as much of a socializing and bonding event as a musical event.

    Things like this haven't happened very often, hope it never happens again.
     
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    Sounds like you got a group of guys, and y'all will be fine. Trying to re-schedule rehearsals on short notice during Christmas is enough to put anyone on edge. I am sure everyone will be much more at ease now and ready to just get out and play. Don't forget the most important part; NYE gigs should be fun. Have a good one.
     
  20. Old Cane

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    More often than not, 'rehearsals' are as much of a socializing and bonding event

    Oh, now I see why they got pissed. It was was your turn to bring the beer.
     
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