Groucho for guitarists...

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  1. Mansonienne

    Mansonienne Mod admin Staff Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    So, my band is "on a break"...and currently drummerless....hopefully not a long one (it's not my call - I don't want to be on a break) but we've been essentially drummerless since last March...I'm getting nervous.
    So thinking of gathering up all of my courage and going to a jam a couple of towns over this Friday, see what there is to see, maybe meet some new musicians. Not sure if I'll have the guts to talk to anyone, much less play, but we'll see. The guy who organises it seems cool.
    Next thought - do I take a guitar? Or a bass? Would both seem pretentious? Because it really depends on the songs, vibe, level, etc., to know where I might try to fit or contribute.
    My best friend says "take a guitar - you want to play more guitar".
    Yes, but... rhythm...
    Because I wouldn't want to be in any band that would have me as a lead guitarist.

    I have standards, after all....;)
     
  2. felis

    felis Senior Stratmaster

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    Go for it M, listen to your best friend...bring the 'git'! :thumb:
     
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  3. davidKOS

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    I say bring the bass too - it may get you into places another guitar may not. Plus we all need bass players!
     
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    Do a guitar free reccy first. Talk to people, see what the mood is. If your friend is going and taking their guitar too...
     
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    Thought this would be...
    Groucho Marx
    He was a guitarist..
    UhhhHuhhh...
     
  6. Mansonienne

    Mansonienne Mod admin Staff Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    No I'm going alone...and the jam is only held very 4-6 weeks.
     
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    Thrup'ny Bit Grand Master Curmudgeon Strat-Talk Supporter

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    In that case, walk softly and carry a Telecaster. :)
     
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    Wise words... very wise. :)
     
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  9. nungesser

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    If its not to much hassle I would bring both, you could let some of the other people have a go at Bass while you played guitar,
    Good for you for expanding your horizons. I'd treat it like a Euroguestock Jam meet some new folks and have some fun playing music.
     
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    "I only bring my accordion when I'm specifically asked to. 'Why haven't you brought your accordion' is charming." --Daniel Handler, a.k.a. Lemony Snickett
     
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    I’d take a guitar, leave it in the car, and, if they do ask you to play you can always do what I once did many years ago. I was invited to play at a gig in front of the biggest audience that I have ever played before.

    The first two songs that I was originally asked to play was okay, because I knew them both well. But, much to my horror, I was asked to stand in with the band for the rest of the evening. I just turned down my volume and mimed for the rest of the evening! When I was asked to take a solo, I politely said no.
     
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    Thanks - but I'm prejudiced. I learned bass at the same time I learned guitar - including string bass, which I played in orchestras and jazz bands - so I see both sides.

    Many guitar players can play a bass - but the ones that realize it ain't a guitar an octave lower, but another whole role in music get the best results.
     
  13. Mansonienne

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    I can more easily contribute something on bass, even if it's just playing a root note on the beat...
     
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    I say go for it, take your guitar and bass and see what happens. If they’re good people, it’ll be great, they'll be encouraging, fit you in, and you’ll have some fun. If they're jerks, then who wants to play music with them anyway!;)
     
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    I'm sure you have a couple of spare gig bags kicking around, one that fits a guitar and one that fits the bass. Take the straps off the cheaper bag and sew it to the other that has better straps. Now you have a double guitar gig bag that is easy to carry.

    I have a double guitar gig bag I got during a multi-guitar trade several years ago and it's a lot more useful than I would have guessed.

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    Bowmap I nose a thang or two Gold Member

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    Show yourself on the bass and then maybe after you and others are comfy, try the guitar.
     
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    I would never join a club that would have me as a member. ;)

    Even at this stage of the game...I check out a open jam before I play at it. Every time. :D
     
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    It’s been my experience that playing bass well is a lot more difficult than playing my guitar. I don’t mind playing solos on guitar, even if I don’t know exactly what is going on or I get a little lost. I can’t fake it with a bass. Want to play mccartney’s Silly Love Songs on bass? Hey I know that, but tell me to make up a bass line overX chord progression, I don’t know what I’m doing without sheet music. Tell me to play chord progression X of Y on guitar I catch on. They are just such different animals. My son wanted to be a bass player thinking it was easier, then I dug it some Beatles and Iron Maiden bass books that I had and he about had a heart attack.
     
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    I can't do either.
     
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  20. Mansonienne

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    Oh I won't dive in, that's for sure. It's run by the city's youth and culture centre that offers music classes and has studio space. May leave my gear in the car....
     
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