Gigged last night for the first time since the pandemic started

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I'm semi-pro at best these days, so I rarely gig anyway, but I'm caring for my mother after knee replacement, and my uncle who is a pro asked me to sit in with him. He leads a trio (guitar, bass, drums) where he plays bass and fronts the band, though the guitar player is great and sings half the songs. They play lots of 60s and 70s soul and bluesy stuff with a splash of country thrown in. There was no money involved, which I knew and was fine with. Luckily, I'm not hurting for cash and he did buy me beers and a couple of shots and gave me a share of the tips.

It was a three hour gig, so not too long. I have pretty good ears so I was able to keep up even with the songs I hadn't heard, which was maybe 25% of the songs. There was definitely one song where I never figured out the bridge, LOL.

It was a blast, but showed me:

A. My chops have deteriorated more than I realized. I played ok but had more bad notes than I would have liked. I need to structure my practice a bit more to get at some issues I had, like momentarily dipping into the blues scale over a maj7 chord... Later in the night I did play one solo that drew spontaneous applause, so I guess I did something right. My uncle later told me the guitarist in the band doesn't generally like having another guitarist on stage, but that he enjoys playing with me, which I took as a great compliment.

B. I've lost about 20 pounds over the last six months, but my gut still puts the guitar in a weird place. I need to keep losing weight!

C. Epiphone Casino into a Blues Jr works pretty well! The amp is my uncle's, and it was surprisingly tough to dial in the gain - it tended to be a little too much or too little gain for my taste. But once I got it right, it was a sweet sound. The other guitarist actually commented about how great my guitar sounded. It was feeding back in a very useful way where I could strum a chord and it would sing until I stopped it, but was totally controllable and musical and quiet enough that it blended with the band. Hollow body FTW! I was kind of amazed how loud that Blues Jr was. It was a small room, but even with the full band rocking I had the master volume on 2.5 the whole night. It's a 15w amp! I ordered a Supro Black Magick that gets here Thursday, so it will be on the next gig.

Anyway, I'm not sure why I'm posting this. I guess I'm finally emerging from my pandemic cocoon and wanted to talk about it.
 

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My uncle later told me the guitarist in the band doesn't generally like having another guitarist on stage, but that he enjoys playing with me, which I took as a great compliment.

My cousin (bass) and some of his friends play, informally at their parties and whatnot, as well as with a few of those guys just jamming in a garage. My cousin said they'd had some other guy who was a jerk and just wanked over everything, and they all really hated it and wanted someone who was the opposite, so my cousin said "I know a guy".

I'm the guy. My favorite commentary on my playing ever.
 

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Congratulations. There’s nothing like playing out. In the right situation getting paid is secondary

We’ve all gone through different experiences since The Day The Earth Stood Still.

My skills have deteriorated and I don’t have the time to practice like I want to. When I can get to the blues jam I go. I know I can get at least 1 1/2 sets and playing live gets my playing guitar a step up. If I could just practice between jams I’d feel better. But I try to make bit a fun time
 

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awesome that you got to play out! Sounds like you did well.

We've only played 8 shows this year, with 4 more scheduled, so i know the feeling, it's definitely good to get back out a bit! Keep on Truckin'!
 

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Hardly anyone's had work in our sleepy hollow. Adelaide's a very nice city to live in, clean, green and even traffics not that heavy ( I've seen much worse in other countries), but musically it is dead. In the 70s it was the birthplace of Little River Band and many other acts that went on to bigger things.
Glad to hear somebody's working.
 

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Welcome back to live music!

I can sympathize with what you're saying - I've been playing out since back in May, and that first gig was a bear. My calluses had softened up to the point where half way through a 4 hour gig my left hand was killing me, and standing for 4 hours did a number on my back. I realized when I was done that I had some climbing back to do.

All better now, but it took 3 or 4 gigs until I felt completely back in the groove.

- D
 

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Sounds like a really good night. From what you say about the playing, dialing in the tone, etc. I hope you get to play out a lot more! (That's great you can pick up on the changes in real time. I'm still working on my 'musical hearing' and hope to get there.)

My band has been fortunate to play a lot of outdoor gigs here in the southeast US, mostly breweries and a couple wineries, over the past year and a half. We need more covered, outdoor stages!
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I'm semi-pro at best these days, so I rarely gig anyway, but I'm caring for my mother after knee replacement, and my uncle who is a pro asked me to sit in with him. He leads a trio (guitar, bass, drums) where he plays bass and fronts the band, though the guitar player is great and sings half the songs. They play lots of 60s and 70s soul and bluesy stuff with a splash of country thrown in. There was no money involved, which I knew and was fine with. Luckily, I'm not hurting for cash and he did buy me beers and a couple of shots and gave me a share of the tips.

It was a three hour gig, so not too long. I have pretty good ears so I was able to keep up even with the songs I hadn't heard, which was maybe 25% of the songs. There was definitely one song where I never figured out the bridge, LOL.

It was a blast, but showed me:

A. My chops have deteriorated more than I realized. I played ok but had more bad notes than I would have liked. I need to structure my practice a bit more to get at some issues I had, like momentarily dipping into the blues scale over a maj7 chord... Later in the night I did play one solo that drew spontaneous applause, so I guess I did something right. My uncle later told me the guitarist in the band doesn't generally like having another guitarist on stage, but that he enjoys playing with me, which I took as a great compliment.

B. I've lost about 20 pounds over the last six months, but my gut still puts the guitar in a weird place. I need to keep losing weight!

C. Epiphone Casino into a Blues Jr works pretty well! The amp is my uncle's, and it was surprisingly tough to dial in the gain - it tended to be a little too much or too little gain for my taste. But once I got it right, it was a sweet sound. The other guitarist actually commented about how great my guitar sounded. It was feeding back in a very useful way where I could strum a chord and it would sing until I stopped it, but was totally controllable and musical and quiet enough that it blended with the band. Hollow body FTW! I was kind of amazed how loud that Blues Jr was. It was a small room, but even with the full band rocking I had the master volume on 2.5 the whole night. It's a 15w amp! I ordered a Supro Black Magick that gets here Thursday, so it will be on the next gig.

Anyway, I'm not sure why I'm posting this. I guess I'm finally emerging from my pandemic cocoon and wanted to talk about it.
I guess I'm "tooting" my own horn, but I took advantage of the circumstances in 2020 to do a lot of practicing and "wood-shedding". Never as good as getting out and playing....but only in the right situation. I've now played two gigs in the past couple of months, and it was very obvious the bass player hadn't even LOOKED at a bass for 16-18 months, and even my drummer (who used to be amazing) has lost a couple of steps. We only worked in two or three new (to us) songs, and the rest were songs we had done in the past. Part of the problem is I found out the bassist is playing in two other projects, and he's just not good enough to spread himself that thin. He even showed up with a bunch of hand-drawn posters for the band, that he had hand drawn AND colored. No telling how many hours it took. I may have ticked him off when I said, "I wish you'd devoted that time to practicing".....but we kinda laughed it off.
BTW....I dislike being thrown into a playing situation with songs I may not have ever heard.....at least give me a song list, the keys they're in, maybe the changes, and if they're like a particular recording or different, a day or two ahead. That way at least I'm somewhat familiar with them. ;)
 

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Welcome back to the Stage! Ain't it great!?

We stayed active throughout the whole pandemic down time, getting together for practice at least twice a month. It helped with our sanity, being able to play together.

Now, we have done 9 gigs since the middle of May, including this past Saturday night, and are booked the next 2 weekends. Seems like we're giging more now than ever before, and the gigs are coming to us. We're getting phone calls asking us to come play!
It's just bizarre (that's my word of the year, bizarre).
 

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Sounded like a great night @drmordo !

Hey, I cannot recall. Is the Epi Casino new to you? And was it the only guitar you brought to the gig (apologize if I missed that remark)?

The Casino is kinda on my bucket list, LOL. Always nice to hear good remarks on how the Casino performed!
 

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BTW....I dislike being thrown into a playing situation with songs I may not have ever heard.....at least give me a song list, the keys they're in, maybe the changes, and if they're like a particular recording or different, a day or two ahead. That way at least I'm somewhat familiar with them. ;)

Where's the fun in that! In all seriousness, the top tier guys down here know a million songs and can pull them out at any time, so there's just no way to predict what will happen. Heck, I can't remember what tune it was, but Saturday we played a song no one in the band had played before. My uncle knew the words so he took a second to pick a key and then off we went.

Sounded like a great night @drmordo !

Hey, I cannot recall. Is the Epi Casino new to you? And was it the only guitar you brought to the gig (apologize if I missed that remark)?

The Casino is kinda on my bucket list, LOL. Always nice to hear good remarks on how the Casino performed!

It was the only guitar I brought. I actually prefer to have a back up just in case but didn't bother with it this time. I have had this guitar for many years, but I don't think I have ever gigged it. I love it so much I bought an Elitist version and it got here today!

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I've lost about 20 pounds over the last six months, but my gut still puts the guitar in a weird place. I need to keep losing weight!

I lost 20 lbs. last summer & have gained it back. My guitar slides to the right, putting my left arm into an awkward position that make me look & feel goofy, because I am reaching for the neck. I walk & cycle & avoid fats in my diet, but my gut continues to rebel.
 




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