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New project: learning more of 'em!

Discussion in 'The Writers' Block' started by Charlie Bernstein, Sep 10, 2020.

  1. Charlie Bernstein

    Charlie Bernstein Poster Extraordinaire

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    I can sing and play some of my songs at gigs. But just a handful. And that's not enough. And since gigging is yesterday's papers, I've started a learn-a-few-more project.

    It's something I should've done a long time ago:

    1. I put all my instruments into their cases except the flattop. Eliminated the competition, reduced the distractions.

    2. I made flash cards with the titles of maybe about three dozen songs. (Yes, choosing was hard.)

    3: I put my trusty flattop on my lap and started working my way through the pile, this way:

    - If I play it right the first time, it gets a check mark and gets rolled over.
    - If I don't, it gets an X. I keep trying until I get it right. Then I roll it.

    4. When I get to the end of the pile, I'll start over.

    5. As soon as a card gets three checks in a row with no X's in between, I'll consider it learned.​

    So far, I have about twice as many checks as X's. But I haven't gotten the hard ones yet. But the time I'm done, I expect they'll be running about one-to-one.
     
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    I did something similar: numbered my songs then used a random number generator to select the song to play.
    Never knew what the next song would be.
    It's like having audience requests.
     
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    that check mark system is very similar to what Benjamin Franklin used for tamping down bad habits. Sounds like a good plan - gotta stick to it, though.

    I started on a similar quest, a 50+ set list, just the stuff I want to play out. And then I got way laid by a writing fit.
    Still have the list, it just got longer.

    I hope we can get back to something resembling what doing live music was.

    Good luck, Charlie!
     
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    Thanks! I always wanted to have something in common with Ben besides having a bad hair life.

    So far, I have forty-four tunes that I've played right four times in a row. I'll keep building the list through Halloween, Maybe get to fifty.

    Then I'll take what I have and start playing them with a metronome.

    I figure I'll do that until the end of the year. Then I'll start on a covers I play a lot. By next summer, I'll be ready for something. If the world is ready for me.

    If not, there's always 2022!
     
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    That's impressive! It's been a few days since I checked this thread but I was thinking about this post yesterday while working outside. It struck me as an excellent way to develop some self-discipline and a good way to learn songs well enough to perform them in public.
     
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    Charlie Bernstein Poster Extraordinaire

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    I'm up to 52 now. Planning on stopping at the end of the month and starting on a few covers.

    Thanks to the Coronocaust, I'll probably never gig again (what a short career!), but maybe I'll be able to do some busking this summer.
     
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    Hey, let's stay positive! ...not that I haven't gone off the deep end a time or two in the last 6 months...but 52 is great! Keep up the good work - you now have a 3 set night under your fingertips; that's a wonderful achievement. l'm hearing news just today of a possible vaccine?

    One cover that helped me keep my sanity is the R.B. Morris song/John Prine covered - "That's How Every Empire Falls".
     
  8. Charlie Bernstein

    Charlie Bernstein Poster Extraordinaire

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    Thanks! Realistic isn't negative. I'm having fun. Luckily, I'm a confirmed introvert, so not being around people is my idea of vacation.
     
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    well, ok. I'm certainly on the introvert side of the spectrum, but I do like playing gigs, especially with a band. My performance skills are still somewhat lacking - as in that total engagement with the audience with smiles and stuff. I suppose that's why I like being part of a band. In the pre-plague times, I also did a few solo gigs, but it would take at least 3 songs to relax into it, before I started having anything resembling fun. With a band, it's always fun from the git go.

    I also like to think I've improved a little, though not consistently, on the clever and funny frontman dialog thing, but that's only because I was starting from such a low point.

    I'm still hoping that things will return to whatever normal will be in the future, so I was just a little surprised (without knowing more about you) that you would already think it's never.

    Never is a really long time, I've heard. Whatever it may be, I have enjoyed your presence here and so thanks for adding your point of view.
     
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    Same here!

    Yup, gigging is fun. Actually, I don't even go onstage. I send my musical alter ego, "Neon" Leon Fullerton, to do the dirty work, then I just kick back and enjoy the show.

    I don't do a lot of audience banter, but on-stage banter with whoever I'm playing with is usually entertaining enough.

    One trick I learned here: A quick (quick) story introducing a song before starting usually goes over well, as long as you're selective.
     
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