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Discussion in 'The Online Jam Forum' started by Astroman, Jun 7, 2014.
I'm right there with you. Even one beer and I'm noticeably sloppier.
That's why I will never smoke weed with Willy again.
I'll make an exception for Willy. He's GOT to have some killer weed.
I haven't partaken since college... He's certainly got the higher tolerance.
Oh, I'm sure he has the hookups.
The other night in fact.
Was guesting on guitar with a friend's band, but gave up after twenty minutes because nothing was going right. My fingers were being stupid and my ear wasn't helping... am I sharp, or flat?... I just set my ax down and listened to myself not sucking, my absence was an improvement.
No, but I think this guy did
I've played well enough times after playing crappy that it doesn't bother me when I play crappy. I know good playing is just around the corner.
Some of my worst times were sitting in with musicians who were themselves lousy - it's like they bring you down to their level - especially in the rhythm section.
I've had to play with drummers who had rotten timing (I mean, why even play drums?) and it was like trying to tap dance on quicksand. You're trying to hit the beat but no one else is - it's like a moving target - and you can't relax and go with the flow because THERE IS NONE - ugh.
Same thing with bass players - you try to zig and they zag - you are playing what should be the progression and they are off somewhere else - and you both end up sounding bad.
I play with some friends that are well-meaning. They always want me to take a solo, but I decline.
Because I know that when I do, I'll be listening to three different people playing three different meters and the backing is simply too chaotic- no solo will sound right over that!
But they don't hear themselves.
Yeah - to paraphrase a famous quote "'Never jam with a tone deaf/time deaf musician. They will only bring you down to their level and beat you with experience."
And these are good friends so it's hard to decline gracefully. They just don't get that a slopfest behind the soloist will be impossible to play over, to say nothing of the fact that nobody can ever figure out how many measures to play and have everyone come out on the same beat.
Funny this should come up. I got a request Sunday during an electric Jam that I usually play on friday night at another place on a classical guitar.
I really regret doing that piece on a strat
Nothing can bring me down, not even a deaf musician with no timing because I can't go any lower at the moment. On the bright side, it's all up hill from here.
Perspective is funny. When I back off, my friends ask why, because they generally don't hear my mistakes.
They've come to accept that when I set my guitar down, I've reached that point.
"Dude, you sound awesome!"
"No. No I do not!"
this is why Jam is a four letter word....
Just the other night at a band rehearsal, my rhythm playing was fine, but I could not solo my way out of a paper bag. My fingers and the vintage frets on my Strat just do not get along...constantly slide past notes, whereas that rarely happens on my Tele with bigger frets (medium jumbos?).
...usually, you screw up and nobody knows except you. On bad days, just simplify your riffs.
I just played so awful I put my guitar up and I'm posting on Strat Talk. So irritated right now.
I go through hot/cold spells. I think its tied to life stress. if things are too stressful I step all over myself playing.
It's almost impossible to get something happening over a mess.
Where's one? Where are the chord changes? and so on......
If I'm stressed I do not play as well as when I'm relaxed. Nor am I as likely to be a happy smiling trouper.
I'm going to be honest, I've been playing in front of people so long that I can get by on a bad night - but I know when I'm off. I wind up playing simpler just to make it happen at all, and if I don't concentrate I will mess up simple things, like cowboy chords or slow melodies, just to slap me back in line!
Oh yeah, there are those days and nights that I would prefer to have a redo button, for sure.