Totally out of my comfort zone... but loving it!

Discussion in 'Sidewinders Bar & Grille' started by bluejazzoid, Oct 11, 2019.

  1. bluejazzoid

    bluejazzoid Strats Amore Silver Member

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    Long story short: my 18yo son now in college studying bass (on scholarship!) has been doing pro gigs for years with local orchestras along with our local university putting on musicals a few times each year. So it happened they needed a guitarist last minute for the musical they're doing now (Bright Star) and he volunteered good ole dad to audition and I got the part!

    I literally got the book Saturday, went to the first practice Sunday, and we did our first live show last night. Mind you, I'm not a great sight-reader (which is why I'm out of my comfort zone), but playing this kind of gig is a unique challenge that I'm really enjoying -- especially doing so with my son standing right next to me playing bass!

    Anyway, I figured I'd also share the crazy first casualty of the shows we are playing (from last night):

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    Yep, that's my son's upright bass with a broken neck! :eek::(

    We were on break during intermission, and he thought he had it propped up securely (ahem, instead of laying it on it's side), when it crashed on stage making a huge racket. Luckily nothing else was damaged (like my guitar, or the other players' banjo, guitar, mandolin, etc.).....and double-luckily the mandolin guy also teaches at the university and was able to quickly grab another upright during the break so my son could finish the show!

    So yeah - did I mention I'm having fun? :D:)
     
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  2. StratSounds

    StratSounds Senior Stratmaster

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    Gave you a like for the having fun playing guitar alongside your son part, not the bass taking a dive part! Yikes! That’s one of those mistakes that he hopefully only makes once. Sounds fun, knock em dead!
     
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    bluejazzoid Strats Amore Silver Member

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    I plan to snap a few pics tonight to show our setup (really tight for space!)..... and there's nothing like the joy you get as a father doing something like this with your kid -- that's why I'm doing it! :)
     
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    Stratimimus Strat-Talker Gold Supporting Member

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    ^^^ What SS said. Congrats on the pit orchestra gig. Those jobs are great! I played many a high school pit jobs as one of 4 adults the school would hire. Challenging, but fun.

    Sorry about your son's bass fiddle. :oops:
     
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  5. bluejazzoid

    bluejazzoid Strats Amore Silver Member

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    Hopefully we'll be able to glue the neck back (it's a clean break) and make it work down the road. For now, he's going to use the bass he borrowed last night I think..... with conditions I'm sure lol.
     
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    Stormy Monday Blooze daddy Silver Member

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    It'll buff out.....
     
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    Electgumbo Not Of This Earth

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    Sounds like your having fun! Which is a good thing. Cool you get to work with your son too! ....err sorry about the bass...
     
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    BallisticSquid Most Honored Senior Member

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    That's awesome!! yeah, hopefully your son has learned his lesson with not standing the bass up unattended. Yikes!
     
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    Great story (except for the bass). Good luck and congrats!
     
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    stratomatt Strat-O-Master

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    This! So awesome.
     
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    Cerb Anti conformist reformist

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    Congrats! Shame on the bass though. Was it a Gibson? :whistling:
     
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    That's awesome. That broken bass will end up being a favorite story for your son down the line I'm sure!
     
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    bluejazzoid Strats Amore Silver Member

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    That literally made me laugh out loud!
     
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    abnormaltoy Mouth draggin' knuckle breather Silver Member

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    Counting down to the Les Paul jokes...:)
     
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    Very cool. Except for the not so upright bass part. Good luck...
     
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    radd Strat-O-Master

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    Good story, other than the bass thing. Parents and kids playing together, darn hard to beat that.
     
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    bluejazzoid Strats Amore Silver Member

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    Bass update: the head bass-guy at the university just hooked my son up with another upright (nicer too) for the rest of the shows - so at least there's an easy and very cool fix for the immediate situation!
     
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    Will Lefeurve Most Honored Senior Member

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    Man answered a Gibson job vacancy, been down on his luck.. said he just needed a break.. :)
     
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    chrimturn Fire in the Wire Silver Member

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    Good for you. This is great. What an opportunity! What a challenge! What an experience!

    Break a Bass! :D
     
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    apm1991 Senior Stratmaster

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    that is so f****** awesome!!!!

    sorry about the bass though :(

    at least it'll make for a great memory/story in the future!
     
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