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Going to first blues jam tomorrow (won't be playing)

Discussion in 'Sidewinders Bar & Grille' started by Cerb, Mar 4, 2019.

  1. Cerb

    Cerb Anti conformist reformist Strat-Talk Supporter

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    I just came home and I had a great time! I did not bring the guitar, I need to feel more confident first, I have three weeks until the next jam.

    The house band was absolutely amazing and the band leader went around personally and introduced himself to everyone while explaining how it worked.

    The level of people performing was consistently very high, there were bassists, drummers, keyboard players, singers and harp players, even a sax player but surprisingly few guitarists.

    The place normally has around five guests on a tuesday night but was absolutely packed with people of all ages.

    All in all a great night and next time the guitar will tag along.
     
  2. Cerb

    Cerb Anti conformist reformist Strat-Talk Supporter

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    The bassist and I met for a jam and I've been invited to rehearse with his current band next week and to join them on stage at the next blues jam, in two weeks.

    I'm both nervous and excited at the same time!
     
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    Atta boy:thumb: !!!
     
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    Excellent!!!
     
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    If nothing else, just learn an 8 or 12 bar shuffle and lay down some rhythm with the bass player. That’s a way to break the ice.
     
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    You got this
    Enjoy yourself
     
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    Thanks, I will :)
     
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    ^^ What Strato said ^^
     
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    Remember, it's damned hard to turn a blues jam into clam chowder. Have a blast.
     
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  10. Cerb

    Cerb Anti conformist reformist Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Is that a challenge? :D

    Thanks :)
     
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    I’ll bet your confidence level took a big jump
     
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  12. Cerb

    Cerb Anti conformist reformist Strat-Talk Supporter

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    It did. I've had problems with rhytm and timing in the past, it was so bad that I thought something was wrong with me and I quit playing for more than 15 years.

    I've worked a lot on that lately and discovering that I could do it felt nice. It still doesn't come natural to me and I obsess over it but at this point I'm just happy about any progress.
     
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    Tap your foot while you play.
    Rhythm is EVERYTHING.
    I don't know you personally, but I don't think you will have any trouble playing with others.
    You can do it. It's not difficult.
    Have a great time (you are supposed to enjoy it), and be confident.
    Tell yourself you can do it.
    See yourself doing it.
    Believe you can do it.
    Then go do it.

    Best of luck.
     
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    Playing with a group of other players will really help you hone in on that and make it natural. By nature, a band gets tighter the more they play together even when they are experienced players.

    I'm excited for you to have come upon this opportunity. I look forward to your posts on how it's going!!!

    It was 5 years ago that had my first on stage performance playing guitar in a band. We played just one song at an open mic and I was absolutely petrified!!! We nailed it though and I even made it through my improvised solo! It was a life changing experience that I will never forget. I've been playing in bands since.

    Often, the fear we feel is fear of making a mistake. And mistakes happen. Once you learn how to deal with them and not fear them, it all becomes much easier. Just the other night I had to do what was suggested earlier in this thread...I had to drop out and find my way back into the song. It happens. Nobody died, we didn't lose the gig, I wasn't fired from the band, the crowd didn't boo me, etc. :).
     
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    I got in the habit of tapping my foot whenever I felt the groove/rhythm getting away from me. I don't have to do it as often as I used to, but it still happens.

    When I'm soloing I would sometimes feel my time start to slip. In that case I would hang on a note and let it sustain so I could catch back up and get into the groove again.

    Far better to play fewer notes in time than more notes out of time.
     
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    Thank you @rocknrollrich and @BallisticSquid

    I will apply the same strategy during the solo section BallisticSquid, fewer notes and better timing.

    Plus I have two weeks to work on 4 songs, 2 have been decided, they're straight up 12 bar blues tunes, the other two will be decided on sunday.
     
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    I've caught myself getting lost a few times at a jam - and you are 100% correct. It's because I was playing way too much and not paying attention. I'm working on that lol...
     
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    Ha ha! I've been playing professionally since the early '60s and still make mistakes. I learned long ago not to make it obvious (unless it's a big clam, and makes me grin or wince) but usually no one notices. :whistling:
     
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    So excited for you Cerb . I hope the band works out for you . Don't worry about the timing thing too much just keep an eye and an ear on what the drummer and bass player are doing and get in there :) After all it's only rock n roll !!
     
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    I was in a couple bands as a high school kid, first as a harmonica player/ singer, then they added bass to my duties. I had a blast learning my way with some excellent players. You can have a lot of fun playing for yourself at home, but getting to play with a group really takes you to a higher level. I've been back playing with friends again now for several years as a lead guitarist, I'm no good at copying the original parts but I can improvise more and more, and some of the other guys that play in several groups, claim they have a lot more fun not trying to play the tune exactly like the record anyway. I figure I'm just out to have fun....Mike
     
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