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Ever Just Play Awful?

Discussion in 'The Online Jam Forum' started by Astroman, Jun 7, 2014.

  1. Astroman

    Astroman Strat-O-Master

    Mar 22, 2014
    So yesterday my buddy came over and asked I help him record for this song for charity. Basically he was doing an acoustic track and vocals while I made noise in the back with the electric. So I got a good take, but man I was really sloppy yesterday, having run on 5 hours of sleep.
    Do you have any stories of times you were just not playing well?
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  2. Rastus

    Rastus Senior Stratmaster

    Jan 1, 2014
    To play well, you always have to "tune-in" to what you're doing, & what's going on around you-eg, the rest of the band.

    If you've had a rough night, fight with the girlfriend, or anything that will stop you from focusing on what you're doing, you'll always feel like you're just going through the motions, if even that !

    It's called the cycle of life, & you're going to have good days, & some bad days.

    Don't worry about it, & just remember tomorrow might just be a better day !

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    OLDGREYGIT Senior Stratmaster

    Feb 7, 2011
    All the time. Way of life.
    Intermittent but severe tinnitus also puts a big boot into things.
  4. heltershelton

    heltershelton ASKED TO LEAVE THE STAGE Strat-Talk Supporter

    Jun 5, 2013
    Not Florida
    all the time. seems like its about 50/50 for me
  5. Dont_Fret_None

    Dont_Fret_None Strange Stringer Strat-Talk Supporter

    Jul 22, 2013
    Up Yonder Way
    Hey, OldGrey.

    I've had Catastrophic Tinnitus (highest level known) for 13 years--following a series of neck injuries.
    Just imagine microphone feedback in your head, 24 hrs a day, for 13 years, and you've entered my world.

    I started a thread on the topic last year, which grew into a pretty lengthy exchange.

    I'll post any break-through's I find, in the future.
  6. albala

    albala Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    May 10, 2012
    stamford, CT
    Alcohol totally ruins me...other things? Not so much...but more than a beer and I turn terrible. Exponentially as drinks add up.
  7. Brownie

    Brownie Senior Stratmaster

    Aug 18, 2013
    Pennsylvania, USA
    I define my playing as varying stages of awful interlaced with brief and sporadic flashes of brilliance.
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  8. juanjosebh

    juanjosebh Senior Stratmaster

    Mar 8, 2012
    Veracruz Mexico
    Count me in on that, except i wouldn't call my aha moments brilliant.
  9. Stark

    Stark Ghost of Johnny Thunders Strat-Talk Supporter

    Jul 16, 2011
    Richmond Annex, CA
    I had only one chop to begin with and then I broke my left wrist and hand. Now you might as well call me "Flipper" and it's more like a matter of how awful...
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  10. Dunzie

    Dunzie Strat-O-Master

    Aug 31, 2013
    SW Ontario, CAN
    It's a funny thing. Sometimes you go out there and can't keep timing to save your life, miss notes, snap off bends, forget chord changes, fumble with pedals, and your solos are a blabbering mess.

    And the next day you go out there and for no reason at all... You suck!

    Seriously there are days when it seems I am just plain off. I find it's often to do with when we don't have overall band and PA volumes dialed and matched well, but yeah, sometimes there's just no mojo. Those are the times you can't wait to do it again to prove to yourself it was just a bad day. Thankfully we usually redeem ourselves to some extent next time out.
  11. Stringbender11

    Stringbender11 Senior Stratmaster

    Feb 2, 2011
    Pacific Northwest
    I'm same way except I have sporadic flashes of just 'ok-ness'. ;)
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  12. bchaffin72

    bchaffin72 Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    Oct 4, 2008
    Used to be every time I hit "RECORD". Suddenly the pressure felt on and whatever I was doing would just go to complete ****. I just had to learn to relax into it and treat as just playing. Great thing with digital recording is if you really flub a part but the rest is good, you can cut it out and punch a new part in with relative ease.
  13. go49ners

    go49ners Senior Stratmaster

    Jan 2, 2012
    Nashville, TN
    Haha hilarious and accurate for me as well
  14. Vindibona1

    Vindibona1 Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    I don't want to commandeer this thread about crappy playing, but as long as the subject has been breached...

    I don't think we do enough to protect our hearing. We who are in front of loud sounds on a regular basis ought to know better.

    I spent several years as a wedding photographer and started wearing ear plugs about 5 years too late, but at least I started. I knew my hearing was being damaged. When I had assistants I issued all of them ear plugs. The young assistants were REQUIRED to wear them. Wish I had been wearing plugs from the beginning. Now, though I don't have tinnitus, I cannot understand many people when they speak if there is moderate ambient noise present. Thank goodness that is the extent. I feel for DNF. It must be hell.

    We have to recognize that we don't play the clarinet and that sound can be of damaging levels without us even realizing it.

    BTW... I was shopping in Barcelona not too long ago and had to hang out waiting for the GF. It was so loud in every store I couldn't hear myself think. I happen to have a decibel meter on my iPhone (not great, but works) and was stunned that the sound levels were consistently above 100db. WTF??? With the sound levels and the obnoxious bass mix we're going to have a generation of deaf old people in 30 years.
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  15. moosie

    moosie Senior Stratmaster

    Feb 19, 2014
    All the time. Really.
  16. t-rad

    t-rad Strat-Talker

    Jan 30, 2013
    Mlps Mn
    Yep it sucks, but then it's something to learn from so it doesn't happen again. Hopefully. Hopefully it's easy enough to figure out!
  17. CountryGent

    CountryGent Strat-Talk Member

    Aug 20, 2014
    Gloucester, UK
    Some interesting stories here. For years when just recording at home, when I hit the "record button" I went to a bag of nerves. I think the issue was, I expecting myself to play perfect first time :rolleyes:
    But then I found I was the same playing in front of a friend, as soon as I played anything it all went manic :oops: and :confused: Again maybe I was trying to play perfect and the self imposed pressue did me in.

    In time I got into bands and preferred to play live under the guise of any mistakes would just pass by and usually get forgotten. This worked :)

    So now I've done a zillion gigs large and small. Most nights it's perfect and for some reason on another night, bad:oops: It didn't happen often but I was always on guard for it.

    My next discovery was I could not tell how the gig was going to go (how well I was playing) until about the 3 song in. If it was a bad mood, the whole gig would be bad. But if the gig was rocking - watch out we're on fire!!

    I think the short answer is "mood", how much stress, hassle I was getting that week, general external factors (same for the other band members too). I tend to find "hostle audience" were the best as I could release my frustation at them (by being a bit OOT on stage).
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  18. guitarvegas

    guitarvegas Senior Stratmaster

    Oct 13, 2011
    I had my guitar with me one night not long ago at the hard rock casino in my hotel room. I had already had a full night of drinking (beer and whiskey and cogniacs....and back to beer and more). So I went up to my room to get something that my wife was asking for and I saw the guitar sitting there on the bed and I had to sit down and play some. I couldn't believe it...I was retarded. Really, I couldn't pluck a damn string...not one note. I could not understand it. Coordination between my fingers and my brain...ZERO. I was good for nothing. I think I was better on my first day of guitar sober than I was 10 years of experience drunk as a skunk.:neutral:
  19. wildhawk

    wildhawk Most Honored Senior Member

    Feb 12, 2014
    I notice as my volume increases so does the suckyness level.

    Something to do with my early days on guitar that loud equals good.

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  20. hornpiper

    hornpiper Senior Stratmaster

    Apr 23, 2014
    Portland, OR
    I hope this doesn't sound hokey, but I think to a degree musicians are like athletes. It's a physical as well as mental endeavor, although generally not as strenuous, (except maybe the loading in & out part). Athletes have their bad, better, good & great days, and so do musicians. Ever have a magical night at a gig, where you feel like everything you touched sounded like gold, and you felt you were playing over and above your normal capabilities, and could do no wrong? And, then on the other hand, there's the nights where you felt you could do no right, thought that you sucked in general, and people on break compliment you, and some tell you how good you sound? I think that it's got to happen to everybody.