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MUSICIANS MUST LEARN SIGN LANGUAGE!!

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by charlie chitlin, Mar 21, 2021.

  1. charlie chitlin

    charlie chitlin Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

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    Well...the first 7 letters of the alphabet, anyway.
    All you gigging musicians with hearing damage...how many times, on a noisy stage, has someone told you the tune is in G, and you weren't sure if they said B,C, D, E....
    Just learn 7 signs!!!
     
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  2. Hiker

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    Yes, and now for the sharps and flats. :)
     
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    I never call letters. Only numbers or full words. Dog, Cat, Boy, Girl. It’s still easier to use numbers. Once you call a key just use I, IV, V, VI with three fingers down makes an M, that’s 6 minor. It’s a breeze. And you also use fingers to signal if it’s just too loud.

    Ive never been in a professional situation, anywhere in the country, where the players don’t understand numbers.
     
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  5. GibbyTwin

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    I've always used fingers. Easy to show fingers.
    1 finger up is key of G (1 sharp). 2 fingers up = key of D, 3 up = A and etc.
    1 finger down = F (1 flat) 2 down = Bb, 3 down = Eb and etc.
    Key of C I just make a 'C' sign with my thumb and index finger.
    If your bandmates (or you even) don't know your key signatures, learn them.
     
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    53Strat Tele-Meister Silver Supporter

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    I've never played in a band where everyone didn't have a set list with the key noted.

    Basic organization I would have thought.
     
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    A lot of times we will deviate from the set list when conditions warrant. At times one of the players will want to do something different or we'll get asked to play something while in the middle of another song. It happens.
    It just looks better if you're not yelling at each other for a key change. Of course, that's just my opinion.
     
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    53Strat Tele-Meister Silver Supporter

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    Yes, I know that happens.
    When confronted with it I would simply tell the requestee that we would love to do it - next set.
     
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    This is what I know and have used on stage and IMO makes the most sense...you need to a know a tiny amount of 'theory'....the #'s and b's of the keys....that's easy enough.
     
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    I wish I could get some basic musical conversation with the guys I jam with, as in play softer, pick ip the tempo, end the song, all that. How come I wind up to the big end and those guys are starting another measure? It's frustrating when people can't listen (or read my mind).
     
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    It is hard to communicate when both hands are holding an instrument.

    I saw this list somewhere - FWIW:

    Band hand signals
    1) Hand 'slash across the throat' = Stop
    2) Guitar head 'lift' = get ready to end
    3) Head shake = No
    4) Head nod = Yes
    5) Palm facing down, and lowering = Quieten
    6) Moving away from band mates = I'm going to play another round
    7) Moving towards band mates = Here we go to the next part
     
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    You forgot eye wink for ending the song, and whistle, to get everybody's attention.
    The problem with signs is that not everybody in the band see them before it is too late.;)
     
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    This is the method I’m most familiar with. The only variation being that sometimes the key of C is shown as a closed fist.
     
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    It's Ace, Bob, Cat, Dog, Ed, Frank, and George with the gang I jam with, occasionally someone will shout one, four, five just to mix it up.
     
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    I know exactly which sign I'd make.
     
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    Thats probably the same one I used to use to tell the drummer what the key was... ;)

    J/K drummers, I keed...
     
  17. charlie chitlin

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    I'm thinking about pickup gigs.
    My band has a set list and the members know the keys.
     
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    My friend told me it's based on this circle of fifths. Counting from C, clockwise = finger(s) up, counter clockwise = finger(s) down.
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    We don't use set lists anymore ( been playing 20 years, same trio, so all manageable/fun)

    I call out a key, or just start a song on guitar, and the guys put up with me!

    * will do Sets/keys if we actually do something organized/special, like just one Set- but haven't had gigs like that in a long time
     
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    charlie chitlin Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

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    Key signatures?!?
    I'm a guitar player, not a musician, fer crying out loud :p
     
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