Post by spacerocker on Apr 29, 2011 13:18:54 GMT -5
Band practice last night..
First the drummer starts playing really quiet jazz-style drumming, until I ask "what's up?" "nothing..." Think he's trying to make some sort of point about the mix at the last gig...
Evening ends with a blazing row with the Bass player, cos he's playing the wrong notes on a bass line in Pink Floyd's "Shine on you Crazy Diamond" he Says "it sounds ok to me!" - I say - but they're not the right notes! Why can't he play it as it is on the record?!!! Jeez!!!
Post by stratznhatz on Apr 29, 2011 14:38:47 GMT -5
I think you're incredibly lucky if you play in a band where you never fall out about something. It's usually the reason I end up leaving most bands.
It's always an awkward one about playing as it's played on the record. People often want to put their own stamp on it and play it their way, which is fair enough as long as it fits in, but I think there are some songs that you deviate from the original at your peril!
A friend of mine was in a band that recently decided to 'call it a day', then he found out a month or so later that the other members had carried on under a different name! Devious B#$tards!
Hayfever- God's way of telling me not to mow the lawn.....
Post by spacerocker on Apr 29, 2011 15:26:35 GMT -5
Our Bass-player is such a lazy ****! Once we were covering a song which relies quite heavily on the bass line. I knew he'd never have the patience to work it out, so I spent 4 hours working out the bass lines, tabbing them out, and even recording them onto a CD!!! 3 weeks after giving him this stuff, he still couldn't play any of them! - We ended up dropping the song!
He's been playing with us since 2004, but last year my 15 yr old son stood in for him at a gig. With just 2 practices before hand, he completely blew him away!
Post by spacerocker on Apr 29, 2011 15:55:23 GMT -5
That particular song was "Right to Decide" by Hawkwind. www.youtube.com/watch?v=X4IBhA-B1gQ it has some nice, driving "Allan Davey" Basslines in it, which are effective and not too hard to play (except for our guy, obviously!)
We play a mixture of our own stuff, and covers by Hawkwind, Pink Floyd, adn more recently, Hendrix.
True Story: I get together and jam with a couple friends my age once in awhile. We can groove pretty good on a few songs, like "Grinder," "Balls to the Wall," "Whole Lotta Rosie," "Say What You Will," and "Rock n' Roll."
My bass player is usually the one getting us all together and is a good guy. But he doesn't really know how to tune his bass to my guitar, so I'll tune it for him. One night I had tuned the bottom two strings and he stops me and says, "That's okay. You don't need to tune the top two strings. I never play on those anyway."
We all had a good laff about that one!
"Jimi would be playing an HM Strat if he were still alive." Bob @ Genesis Recording Studios.
Ha ha - guess what? the bass player has quit! Obviously the challenge of having to play the right notes in a song has finally proved too much for him!
Actually I am relieved. He has threatened to leave a number of times, and we have secretly hoped that he would!
His crap sound, dodgy timing, and fumbling playing will not be missed! Also his recent habit of apologising for songs over the mike "this one is another Hawkwind one, I'm afraid", and making political statements to the audience "Freedom and Expression - you don't get much of that with this Government, do you!" - was becoming increasingly annoying!
At least we know that whoever replaces him will almost certainly be more competant!!!! ;D
Post by nickwellings on May 2, 2011 15:08:33 GMT -5
I always found the website called partysounds to be very helpful in finding local musos. It's how I made/found every band I have been in.
Bit more on topic: Lazy musicians f-ing kill me. Lazy bands. Guys who don't try and push themselves a little. Backing vocals that are just the same as the lead singer vocals. Guys that don't practice, so you waste entire reheasals teaching them parts.
Backing vocals that are just the same as the lead singer vocals. Guys that don't practice, so you waste entire reheasals teaching them parts.
Yes, that was another issue with our Bass player. He was supposed to do vocal harmonies on about 4 of our songs. But he wouldn't work them out with me, becuase he considered himself to be "a natural". In reality, he would just double my parts on a couple of songs - I hate it when bands do that!