Ever made mistakes with your pedals?

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  1. Clouds84

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    So I played electric parts at our service on Sunday. All seemed fine on stage as my monitor is pretty loud but when I listened back, it was difficult to hear me. Only really heard me when I played up the neck. When I looked at my pedal settings, I noticed my gain was lower than it normally is which means my volume was lower. Wasn't sound tech fault, it was ME. So frustrated with myself.
     
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    I play with Tech 21 FlyRig or helix direct to board with in ear monitors, so I hear my pedal mix-steps pretty clearly ;). On occasion, if I hit the wrong boost/distortion and have too much gain, I can roll with it and just pretend it was intended :). - but when a big intro/lead part comes up and I hit the “clean” snapshot by mistake - oops - hard to recover from that. I’m still getting used to the Helix and FlyRig pedals being so close together, but overall I’m loving the setup much more than the big board I had with all separate pedals.
     
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    I have my amp behind me turned around and bouncing off the back wall. I'm on IEMs and use the ambient mike in my console to monitor the amp so I always hear myself loud and clear. I also use a volume pedal full time to fade in and out.

    I have had the opposite problem where I played great lush stuff, and when I went back later to listen to the video that went out over the internet, I discovered that my mic'd feed to the board was turned down so low as to be almost nonexistent. I've decided not to worry about it. I play well and get compliments from the live worshippers after service. If someone else chooses to dial me out of the mix, it's their loss.
     
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    Of course. Just like any other mistake. Sometimes it’s not noticeable, sometimes it is as bad as starting a song in the wrong key or time signature, or just plain forgetting what you were supposed to be playing.

    Ask me how I know…..
     
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    Or when that song comes up in the set you are supposed to start and the rhythm of it completely slips your mind! That’s when I panic the most!
     
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    Rhythm??? What rhythm???

    There’s always ending a measure late to make up for that….
     
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    You haven't really played worship music in church until you've started a song in the wrong time signature, or in the wrong key. Once you've done both of those and survived, you have arrived.........
     
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    Yay!!! I’ve arrived! ;)
     
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    Mistakes, I like to think of them as learning experiences:eek:
    At least they still want me to play;)
     
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    Sometimes, you gotta let The Spirit move...
     
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    Not a pedal mistake...a pedal dumpster fire.

    While the congregation is waiting for me to start the closing song...
    Why don't I have SIGNAL?!?!
    Amp On
    Volume Up
    Cable Secure
    Guitar Volume Up
    Ziltch, Zip, Nada
    800 eyeballs stare with dwindling patience.

    Ask the folks to hang on a sec. Give the engineer the sign to steal second, put down my Tele and pick up my acoustic...play the song completely befuddled by the system failure.

    Chased the signal chain after we played the folks out

    My tuner pedal was ON, nothing gets out of the tuner pedal alive when it's ON

    The last thing I noticed should have been the first thing I checked.

    It's like riding a bull... not if, just when.
     
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    At least you were plugged in….LOL. Several times I have had issues with no sound, only to find that I forgot to plug in one end of a cable….At least I (usually) find that out during warmup….
     
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    I am not a pro. I own this. Our audience gets what they pay for with me… since I am an unpaid layperson backing a paid hardhead, I can afford mistakes. The lead paid dude can’t touch me musically, technically or artistically (and not a brag) but hey, somehow he’s the paid guy.
    I make mistakes and don’t even flench.
     
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    Sometimes, not as much as before.
    I have a mental checklist that I go through.
    And I'm learning not to panic, if I don't have "sound."
     
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    "Ever made mistakes with your pedals?"

    Yep.
     
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    This morning warming up for rehearsal everything was great. Start up, drummer pounds into Only King Forever and... nothing. Big roaring lead tone sounded like a mosquito from 300 yards. HUH???

    Checked volume knob? Checked connections? Wait! Gain pedal is turned all the way down. Best I can figure is my cable must have dragged across it (that knob is on the input edge of the board) at some point during sound check / prayer / reviewing the program.

    Guarantee I checked it twice before the service began.
     
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    And this is why I use wireless for my guitar!
     
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    Sadly, you can have the best tone in the world and play incredibly, perfectly for the moment and the sound guy just leaves you out of the mix. Grrrr.

    You haven't really played worship music in church until the sound guy leaves you out of the mix!

    I remember (once we got past the getting-left-out-of-the-mix thing and I was actually getting into the mix pretty well) one night one of the worship leaders who would always turn up to rehearsal and and say "can we play this in a different key?" did just that with Brooke Fraser's 'Like Incense'.

    Rather than transpose my chart, I decided to do what I normally don't do, and just capo the guitar.

    It was her and me starting it. Cue several bars on the one chord by way of introduction. It was 'a moment', pillowy delay, gentle breeze, eyes closed, raised hands. Lovely.

    She started the song, sang the first line... on the second line of the song I forgot I was supposed to play cowboy chords with the capo on, and played what I read on the chart in the original key. KLUNK!!!!!

    I shouted out "I'm sorry! Start again!" and we started again, picked up the moment and continued without mishap.

    Suffice to say, that particular person always flagged key changes days ahead after that!

    Brooke:
     
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