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Real Talent

PostPosted: Fri Mar 16, 2007 8:44 pm
by bigdaddy
As some of you may already know I have stumbled onto a piano player that is really good. It feels wrong to get to excited about this. I am mind you but in this business talent drifts in and drifts out. It's scary sorta. The guitar player is very good also but I'm on bass. I lay down a groove and my roll seems so small and my ability so weak compared to these two. The guitarist said I was the best he has heard in the town I live in. This may be, I don't really know. I find myself getting prepared alot. Working on the songs this band plays. These cats are nice people but the are pros also. I wonder how Double Trouble felt when Stevie Ray drifted into their lives. Sure I'd follow these two. Maybe I'm having a low esteem moment. Have any of ya all had real talent drift thru their lives. It's weird. I'm really just trying to learn as much as I can so if I go to Phoenix I can walk right in and start playing. I cannot wait until March 30th, that's when the four of us gig a bar in town. I'm excited to play for 4 hours with these cats. It's kinda like my first love crush when I was 5.

PostPosted: Fri Mar 16, 2007 8:51 pm
by jeffl
No matter how talented a guitarist or piano player might be, the band is not worth a darn unless the drummer and bassist can provide a good rhythm section. I personally prefer to play with people who are much better musicians than me...in fact I need to for the most part, in order for the band to sound real good. I'm a harper, and a harper cannot carry a band without a good rhythm section. If a great keyboarder or harper, or any other sideman, is playin' with a great bassist and drummer, then you prob'ly got a truly great band.

PostPosted: Fri Mar 16, 2007 11:42 pm
by bigdaddy
You're right and in another post I believe you said playing with real good players make you play even better. The last gig I did with Blues Rockit had a new drummer with us and he blew bad. He came out of the heavy metal hard rock groups. Said he could do blues but when we got on stage it was pretty bad. So I agree with you. I'm also excited about the gigs I'll be doing with just the trio. In that circle I know that rythym belongs to me and the drummer. As I have said before, working in a new band is really an experience for me. Geez, I can't wait for the show.

PostPosted: Sat Mar 17, 2007 6:38 pm
by houndog
Big Daddy,
rise to it and have fun, I was playing with a fella recently who was so excited about the gig that he got performance anxiety..ie he wanted to play his best and freaked himself into missing notes.

I am mini disc-ing a lot of our gigs...and the last one I was so tired I thought I was keach..but on the md it seems I had relaxed into the drummer (rather than play with him) and it was good.

My own thoughts are - don't put yourself down-that's what audiences are for
:P

adios,
Lovat

PostPosted: Mon Mar 19, 2007 6:21 pm
by bigdaddy
Amen Hounddog. I can hold my own on the bass, I mean, there ain't another bassist in the band. I am excited to feed the audience some rippin' blues, down well. I haven't played with this level of talent before but I'm not afraid to. I practice aolt at home but it's more of a relaxing thing for me, just put the disc on and jam.

PostPosted: Fri Apr 06, 2007 6:37 pm
by bigdaddy
The gig with the new band went great, brought the house down. I went and watched the piano player with his jazz outfit and I'm telling you the guy can play. I'm not much into jazz but watching him on that piano is fun. We have two more shows with this special guest on piano and I can hardly wait to get back on stage. Ya all remember the name Zotan, someday you will hear him and I believe you'll be as amazed as I am and as everyone is that hears him. I saw Lucky Petesen live on the piano and this young man is much better than Lucky. I believe he will record and perform with some great musicians someday, the best in his generation and then some.

PostPosted: Mon Apr 09, 2007 2:35 am
by oleman
Glad it went well!! Maybe you can be one of the great musicians he plays with. I'm wishing you the best. This could be the break from bars to something bigger. Good Luck!!

PostPosted: Mon Apr 09, 2007 6:51 pm
by bigdaddy
At Zotan's jazz gig I was talking with him when other people came up to him and wanted him to play here and play there. He told them that finals are on and he is already committed to alot of shows. Everybody wants this young man to play with them or for them. At the next two shows I will show him what I can do on bass but I'm not gonna ask to roll with him. He is only in his mid-twenties and I don't really feel like this is the band I'm to roll with. I am grateful for the opportunity to do these shows but I don't think it's steady. I am not bringing out my songs. I am the bass player and I am learning alot. Perhaps in time I'll find the other two I'm suppose to roll with. I like the trio thing, gives me more chance to really let loose on the bass. I love controlling the bottom. Zotan is leaving for Germany in late May, he says he'll be back in the fall. If then we are all still getting together I will suggest we head into a studio for some recorded cuts.