While playing, what irritates you the most?

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  1. Hecube

    Hecube Senior Member

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    Playing a wrong note

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    Screwing the groove

    Edit: this is a question about your own playing, not other bandmembers' playing.
     
  2. Rockledge

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    Neither. I enjoy playing and those things are part of playing.
    In fact, they both are perfect opportunities to show off my skills at covering mistakes, which is a huge part of professional live performing.
     
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    you can always bend a wrong note into a right note...
     
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    Not the point really. Sometimes you reach for a bit more whether it's an unfamiliar scale or arppegio or a rythmic riff. I was wondering which mistake you're most likely to shrug off.
     
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    I guess I am saying I shrug all of them off.
    I have a running joke with the band, whenever one of us screws up I turn to them and mouth "jazz".
    Thank God for the expression "artistic license". You can cover a multitude of sins with it.
    I have hit some real clangers before, and I most often grin about it, I just find the idea of a perfectly good song going a long its journey and some operatic fart flying out of the middle of it to be hilarious.
    Aside from the fact , the very worse thing you can do on stage when something goes wrong is to show irritation or dissatisfaction. The very best you can do with it is be quick witted enough to turn it into something entertaining.
    I love the challenge of all of the above. Tsall good.
     
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    Gas-man Unrepentant Massaganist

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    My biggest irritant when playing live is when my tone isn't happening.

    Because I know until I get it happening, I'm not going to play anything satisfying or interesting.
     
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    I can usually find a way of milking a dud note choice, but f*cking up the rhythm or time really annoys me.
     
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    location, location - it's the most important thing
    I'm pretty decent at timing, so hitting a wrong note.
     
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    T.V's in the joint left on at full volume.
    Video game players twenty feet from the stage. Or at all.

    Do those count?
     
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    Being interrupted. I when I start practicing I try to get myself in a very focused mode mentally. And when people interrupt my practice, it drives me up a wall inside! lol
     
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    shrug the groove, easy to fix.

    i hate when i screw up the notes, not so easy to fix and you still mess up the groove.
     
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    The worst day of playing is still better than the best day at work. :)
     
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    Neither of those. It's either temperature (really annoying to play in a super warm or cold place) or a chair/seat that doesn't allow me to angle the guitar the way I like it. I can't for the life of me play on a high bar stool that you often see in guitar stores and such. Playing an archtop and generally having the guitar rest on my left leg rather than the right make it really difficult.
     
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    Of the two you named, the groove, but usually that isn't a problem.

    The most frustrating thing sometimes is when I feel like another band member isn't into what we are doing. I shouldn't let it bug me so, but it really does.
     
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    For me, nothing is worse than when someone comes up to the front of the stage and tries to talk to you, while you're playing a song! Perhaps I should just stop playing and come to the edge of the stage and lean over so I can hear what you're saying?
     
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    Being inconsistent bothers me the most.
     
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    1) Equipment failure
    2) Being out of tune
     
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    the groove is more important. folks will forget a wrong note in a couple of seconds.
     
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    I find that when someone screws up, recognizes it, and laughs it off, it makes the performance more genuine and personal.
     
  20. Rockledge

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    Dude, I LOVE it when that happens. I wait till a guitar part that is particularly intricate comes up, and lean over and pretend to listen to what they are saying, nod, move my lips a little like I am responding, all the while ignoring the hell out of them and actually making sure I play that part perfect.
    Talk about making the crowd think you can do anything, and all of anything at the same time...............

    Silver lining to every cloud..................

    In the early 80s I seen a band called SMOKIN that I think was from the south , maybe Atlanta. They had this killer guitar player, I think his name was John Leavell. The guy had very long hair, played the snot out of a guitar, and was a fantastic showman.
    He would occasionally , while playing very complex lead runs, walk over to the side of the stage and carry on a conversation with some chick, I assumed it was his wife or girlfriend. Didn't miss a lick.
    When he did that, it always looked VERY impressive.
    And chances are most of the crowd never considered the possibility that he and this chick had worked this out in advance, and that in reality it was all just part of the show.

    My point being, he is where I got the idea of how to respond with stage lurkers.
     

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