I was born with the blues ... can i get out of the closet now

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by mkster, Jun 28, 2019.

Should i take my self more seriously or keep practicing ?

  1. Keep Practicing .

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  2. keep practicing and take my self more seriously

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  3. take my self more seriously

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  1. mkster

    mkster Tele-Afflicted

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    I have been playing guitar for the last 30 years , early on a got the blues bug , and started listening to almost every blues player from the early 20s to today . I still look too young to be credible as a bluesman , not enough life experience but i managed take all the influences i had and crammed it into its own thing . My basic idea was What would have happened if Robert Johnson lived and adapted its style to the modern blues . It Clapton played it closer to the original version of CrossroadBlues by Robert Johnson .

    The first video demonstrate a Open tuning version of Clapton and a electric guitar version of classic .



    When i started signing I felt limited because i was busy laying the Rhythm i could not play lead without sounding empty , i decided a that point to practice until i could do both all the time , I play my own backing track , it took 6 year to figure out . Now i a ready to show the world i hope you will enjoy . I thank you in advance for all the likes on youtube , it makes all the difference .

    And honestly i am not in the music biz , should i take my self more seriously or keep practicing .



    Best regards

    Marc
     
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  2. TeleTucson

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    Your second video is appealing to me - if I was in a club, or some venue, where you were playing tunes like that, I'd stick around to listen, enjoy, smile and have a few extra drinks.

    I'm thinking about this kind of thing because I was fortunate enough to talk and have a few drinks with George Benson just a few nights ago - about his style, his childhood, his stories, all kinds of things. He was persistent and talented - gave him a fantastic career. He said his breakthrough was playing things people enjoyed hearing, not what the critics said he should play.

    Follow your instincts. I don't think there's a market where you'll have a financial windfall with this, but if you enjoy it your audience will as well. Nice job. :)
     
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  3. blowtorch

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    that's very enjoyable
     
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    Its a really nice comment thank you , i do it for the music , money is a non factor to me ..

    Thanks !

    Marc
     
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    Go ahead and tear up some bars my man you've got something worth listening to. Who knows maybe someone important will think so too
     
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    I agree. I'd hang around for more of the second vid, sipping a brew at a local pub.
     
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    I think something went wrong with your camera in the first video, you start with the slide and the color stopped working
    :)


    Your lead playing while singing sounds great; the 2 things I see people screw up is playing good but singing bad (I'm guilty of this often) or resigning to muscle memory auto pilot repetition licks and singing fine. You've stayed on point with both the whole song, so I have nothing bad to say, you sound great.

    If you really want constructive criticism; a gold colored capo would go way better with that guitar than silver.
     
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    Dude...you're great. Just grow a beard, a hat to your liking, pop in some eye contacts and find some cheap sunglasses. Stay away from piercings and tattoos. I look like a nerd and my stage presence would be non-existent however I have no aspirations to be an entertainer. If you're not an entertainer, just play and record like I do. Be yourself and you'll never regret being something your not. Just sayin'.
     
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  9. mkster

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    I agree you need a hat it seems to be credible in the blues , I am not sure about the SRV hat . I think it looks a little ridiculous i not sure i would have the balls . I guess you need to be on stage first.
     
  10. Guitarteach

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    That’s really a question for you. Fine playing. Musicianship is not going to hold you back.

    I agree with others to hit the specialist venues and jams if you are not already. You’d find a happy, engaged audience. If you are wanting to be serious, maybe set yourself a target to get into the scene and on the roster of a blues festival.

    As mentioned, you can play and record for yourself or take the leap to being an entertainer. What personal impasse are you at to make this post? Do you have a desire/opportunity to go for something?

    If you want to break away from the bluesman wannabes, maybe work on a ‘look’.. it may sound contrived and fake but it’s part of being a performer/entertainer to work on the whole act and can make you stand out. Maybe a rustic DIY capo from hand carved wood and hair bobbles or something, as it catches the eye.
     
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  11. mkster

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    !
     
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    I have been raised going to the Montreal Jazz fest every year, I have seen most of the greats and i think a always imagined my self on stage at one point . There is always Local blues bands before the international act .

    I need to practice a bunch more before having i chance there ...

    Best regards

    Marc
     
  13. Flaneur

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    If you want to perform in public, you should.

    You're ready. :cool:
     
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    Nice, I liked both.
     
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  15. Guitarteach

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    Well there’s your target... and chances don’t come looking, you have to make them happen. I don’t think practicing at home would get you closer to that stage though now. Gotta get out there.

    Maybe ask a coffee bar if they would not mind an hour of music or just go busking.

    Your videos would support an ad for other musicians or bands looking to partner up too.
     
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    I dig it. Subscribed!
     
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  18. suthol

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    There's a door right there waiting for you to kick it down.

    Your playing and singing is fine right now, what's holding you back is between your ears, just get out and do it
     
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  19. blowtorch

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    I agree with the comments saying that if you're wanting to perform, get out and do it.

    Are you looking for a band to back you up? If so, check into a couple open mics and scout the talent.

    Really though I think you'd be good as a one-man dealio. Adding bass and drums, unless you've got very tasteful players with restraint and big ears for adding to rather than taking away, would likely just cover up the coolness of what you've got going, in my opinion

    But then, like yourself, I am a guitar player. The public at large may be more open to a full on band's sound. Very good that you've developed your singing

    Yes take yourself seriously and yes keep practicing
     
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    Very nice - you've got all the right chops.

    You're more than ready to get out there and perform to people and I suspect you have been for some time. Don't hold back any longer and crucially get playing with other musicians - that's the way to develop your playing from the base you've got.
     
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