West Coast Blues Thread v. 12.0

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  1. rhartt1234

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    schultzvil On The Corner Of Blues and Swing Silver Supporting Member

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    I have recently joined my first pro band. A drummer, a bass player and me. They have respectable reputations most would kill for and are very grown up.

    The basis for the band is on the rockier side of the blues. Probably not most of your cup of tea, I guess.

    Anyway, I hit the first rehearsal earlier this week and my word what a contrast from what I am used to. They both had charts they had created from the demos we were given and had everything down perfectly. I had nothing and - hoping to play by feel - was frankly well out of my depth. Halfway through I offered my resignation. They kindly told me it wasn't necessary but asked if I could put the work in next time please (I had been, but not in the right way). They also agreed to drop the charts for the solos to give me freedom to go for it (or not) 'on the night'.

    Playing with pros is a far cry from what I am used to. Just turning up and winging it is not acceptable. I looked like a real twerp as a result and cost them money they can not afford to spend (on an additional rehearsal). Lesson learned.

    Our first gig is to 300+ people who have each paid equiv $40 to watch a name band we are supporting. There will only be one more rehearsal before I am expected to be able to play and sing the material (10 tracks incl. 5 originals) perfectly.

    Just thought I'd share, in case anyone else wanted to mention similar experiences and lessons learned for the benefit of the Thread.
     
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    Had a few trems--SupaTrem, etc. Now have a Vibrutron and a Swamp Thang. The ST is my all time fave--prefer it to most amp trems I've had/heard.
     
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    Sorry but I have to ask how many of you 'pros' often use strict charts in this particular genre.


     
  7. Scott Miller

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    I use charts for some gigs. Kedar had charts on his gig with Junior Watson this week. I've seen drummers with charts (John Nemeth's band) and horn players almost always have them.

    But, usually I don't need them.
     
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    I've gigged with a harp player that had a ton of arrangements. Nothing was standard and the arrangements were part of his style.

    I didn't use charts because I had time to memorize all the arrangements before the gig. On one hand, it was refreshing to do a blues gig that didn't rely on standards.

    But then he started calling out tunes on the gig that the band wasn't familiar with (and that I flat out didn't know). At that point I was wishing we had charts.
     
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    I've never been to the Doheny Blues fest and this year might be the year. I'd make the journey even if these 3 bands were the only ones playing! Imelda May is just a bonus...

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    Oh Imelda! :agree :agree :agree
     
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    A demonstration of my foot percussion:

     
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    @Scott, Bravo! I dig it!
     
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    Beautiful Cats!
     
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    Scott that is a thing of beauty. You sir are a wild man.
     
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    I've played a few gigs with one harp player who absolutely refuses to have any organized structure at all, he refuses to even have a set list. Never any rehearsals. He strictly wants to call the songs out on the spot, whatever he feels like at the moment, and often that means he just calls out a key and a feel and it's up to you to interpret that and kick into it as he counts it off. 1 2 3 4 go.

    As unprepared as that sounds, the gigs actually come out really well; and though challenging, they are also fun. Having done so many jams helps, I suppose.
     
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    Ditto--I've done quite a few of those too, and I think it's a lot of fun, and it keeps you on your toes! One of my bands does work out arrangements, but they aren't charted out, and have some "looseness" to them--and rehearsing allows for somewhat more complex arrangements, that would be hard to do "on the fly".
     
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    Great, now I'm hungry for pork chops!
     
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    If you all know any harp players that would like to compete for a chance to play our Spring Harpfest in San Diego--a good lineup this year. My band will be providing the backup for the contestents. Email or PM me for more info:

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    Mr Miller you are a fraud!! The feet on your left side (lying on the couch) were clearly operating the bass and snare drums by remote control!

    What a great video. What category is this in for tomoorrow nights Oscar's?!!
     
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    Some more Junior from last week at the Grand Dell Saloon, Campbell, CA with June Core, Kedar Roy and Sid Morris.



    and with Gary Smith on harp, Vance Ehlers on bass ...

     
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