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Discussion in 'Bands on the Run' started by joe_cpwe, Mar 25, 2018.

  1. joe_cpwe

    joe_cpwe Senior Stratmaster

    Jul 21, 2015
    Yesterday I put the first $100 in my pocket playing electric guitar in a rock band type format & doing a standard 3 set gig since.....1996.

    After in the late 90s I was doing an acoustic blues duet, then I went dormant, and then mostly did a lot if church events, and few big events as a conference attendee for fun. So it's been a long times I've gotten paid to crank it up.

    In my entire playing career, I've only done the open 'jam' thing twice,,,so that's not really my thing.

    What was cool about yesterday was, in this five piece group, some of us had just met for the first time and of course, we'd not rehearsed, but had a catalog of songs we all sort of knew or could pickup up on the spot. The two other guitarist handled lead vocal well and we just went for it. Out side of us having a few tunes where we needed to watch each others hands for changes and a few songs that could've had tighter/more organized endings we were pretty damn good.

    A particular conversation in between sets was pretty fun.. She said, 'wow, your were really great on that last song' and I said cool, "I've never heard of it before, never played it before, and didn't know what it was called." She was like "huh?" The entire night wasn't that much on the edge, we did lots of standard classic/70's bar tunes some country, etc.

    Certainly not bragging about the money but it feels good to make a little cash, have some fun, the band was good and we'll probably do a little more of these in the future.

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  2. nungesser

    nungesser They've Killed Fritz! Strat-Talk Supporter

    Apr 28, 2014
    brilliant! congratulations! having fun and making money its all falling into place :cool:
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  3. Kstu

    Kstu Strat-O-Master

    Oct 18, 2017
    Everett, Massachusetts
    Congratulations! Thanks for sharing I love hearing these stories.
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  4. Gundecker

    Gundecker Strat-Talk Member

    Dec 4, 2016
    Having fun and getting paid for it. I've been there a few times. It's a blast! The hardest part is getting only a few hours sleep and going to work the next day. The fact that you were with some cats you just met is crazy. A testament to y'alls generally proficient chops!
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  5. Mansonienne

    Mansonienne Stratocrastinator Extraordinaire Strat-Talk Supporter

    Dec 2, 2015
    Paris suburbs, France
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  6. tery

    tery Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    Jul 31, 2014
    That qualifies you as a Pro :cool:
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  7. Dalendl

    Dalendl Strat-Talker

    Jan 2, 2016
    NW Mn
    I've been a weekend warrior for 40 years next month. I've never needed the money to pay the bills (I've always had a real job), but it sure makes it nice to keep buying and trading guitars and other equipment.

    Getting paid to play is pretty sweet.
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  8. dbbluesproject

    dbbluesproject Senior Stratmaster

    Nov 3, 2015
    It’s a great way to put a smile on your face isn’t!
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  9. Groovey

    Groovey Most Honored Senior Member

    Nov 17, 2016
    NC. USA
    I'm gonna start hanging out with you.
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  10. Nate D

    Nate D Senior Stratmaster

    Apr 2, 2016
    Philly, PA
    Totally rad!!!
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  11. strat_strummer

    strat_strummer Senior Stratmaster Strat-Talk Supporter

    Dec 17, 2017
    In the shop...
    Awesome, congrats Joe. I hope you and your band are able to book a bunch of gigs.....
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  12. CigBurn

    CigBurn Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    Jun 22, 2014
    Same Shed Different Day
    Great stuff to hear, glad it was a great gig for you!
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