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HOW DO YO MAKE A BLUESBAND HAPPENIN

PostPosted: Thu Oct 17, 2002 4:19 pm
by peter green
Hello
I have some friends who share their love of the blues with me.
We started a band a few months and i was wondering what do we need to play really good? we have our really great moments but i think sometimes it's a matter of attitud, some of them are a little bit insecure about their playing. how can i reversed that?
any ideas.....




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and don't mind nobody else

RE: HOW DO YO MAKE A BLUESBAND HAPP

PostPosted: Thu Oct 17, 2002 5:35 pm
by allanlummox
Playing LOTS & LOTS...

Playing in public, finding out how bad you sound, and DOING IT AGAIN.

Having better players rub your nose in it for years. Wanting to play the blues far more than could possibly be worthwhile.

You might not get rhich & famous this way, but you will get good...

Practice, perform, rehearse, Jam...Like the Nike ads say, just do it.

RE: HOW DO YO MAKE A BLUESBAND HAPP

PostPosted: Fri Oct 18, 2002 12:44 am
by jellyroll baker
Play and enjoy it.

It doesn't matter how much you practice, if rehearsals become work instead of play you won't have the motivation to improve.

I was in a band that broke up just before our first festival gig because the singer wasn't enjoying it. Besides, if it's not fun then why do it in the first place?

RE: HOW DO YO MAKE A BLUESBAND HAPP

PostPosted: Fri Oct 18, 2002 12:56 pm
by hoodoo hand
As far as the mechanical aspects go, nothing will help your band more than recording your practices.

The other is tougher. "Musician" does not automatically equal "performer". Perfectionists really can't handle public performances, especially the loose and lively sort that blues gigs tend to be. I agree "fun" is the key, and in my experience bands that focus on comedy do better than those trying to present high drama.

:)

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RE: HOW DO YO MAKE A BLUESBAND HAPP

PostPosted: Fri Oct 18, 2002 1:45 pm
by bosco
>Playing LOTS & LOTS...

>Practice, perform, rehearse, Jam...Like the Nike ads say,
>just do it.

Couldn't agree more. Each member should take the initiative to practice on his own and seek out other playing opportunities as well. I sit in with other musicians every chance I get; this way you get to play different styles and songs than what your band rehearses and it helps you keep a sharp "ear" for the music. Everyone must be dedicated to your band so as not to get involved with side projects, but when you do play together the sum will be much greater than the parts.

"No one ever achieves perfection. But if perfection is your goal, it is possible to reach excellence." Vince Lombardi

RE: HOW DO YO MAKE A BLUESBAND HAPP

PostPosted: Fri Oct 18, 2002 5:42 pm
by ricochet
That's a nice tip about comedy. Bands that joke with each other and the audience really connect with me and with audiences around here.

RE: HOW DO YO MAKE A BLUESBAND HAPP

PostPosted: Sat Oct 19, 2002 11:48 pm
by gibson345
A bit off topic perhaps but I found that when I work with a band the "best" stuff is when the songs are fresh. The first couple of times we play them.
So, With that in mind I keep trying to turn over the material then It is not boring for the rest of the band or for the crowd.

my .02 worth.

RE: HOW DO YO MAKE A BLUESBAND HAPP

PostPosted: Tue Oct 22, 2002 10:30 am
by jj
I suggest first of all is count how many EGO's you have in the band.
The ones that want to SOLO all the time.

They will be your biggest problem.

Members of a band have to play FOR THE BAND. Not for themselves. To get on eogtist to conform is like getting a male dog not to mess with a female in heat. Almost impossible.

If you have the likes of the above. Get rid of them even if its for a lower caliber or less experience player that is mouldable FOR THE BAND.

Well you get my drift here.

When everyone plays for the Band.The band will be Great!Not just good but GREAT!!

JJ

RE: HOW DO YO MAKE A BLUESBAND HAPP

PostPosted: Thu Dec 12, 2002 7:52 am
by gcd revue
[updated:LAST EDITED ON Dec-12-02 AT 02:53 AM (CDT)]OK...here's my two cents' worth...and that only due to inflation...

The best way I've found to get past the insecurity issues is playing in public. Go to a busy park (or shopping mall in winter) and just PLAY. The more you do it, the easier it gets.

For the band aspect....JAM...as much as possible with people not IN the band...this is a good way to learn new chops and phrases...especially if you play with folks who are more experienced.

And a big AMEN on the "Have Fun" post....otherwise, what's the point?

Keep the rubber side down...

RE: HOW DO YO MAKE A BLUESBAND HAPP

PostPosted: Sun Dec 15, 2002 5:04 am
by snake
got a buddy who plays real well. Played some blues with him and he found it boring. I think you have to commit.....have to "immerse" yourself, and play with real commitment, otherwise good blues becomes a lotta pentatonic excercise. To be honest, it sometimes helps to get so f####ed up that you can't play much besides basic blues, lets the feeling come out and not get lost in sophistry.....which was a negative thing to the Greeks who invented the word.

RE: HOW DO YO MAKE A BLUESBAND HAPP

PostPosted: Sun Dec 15, 2002 8:39 am
by allanlummox
Nah...you don't have to get ***** up to play Blues, or to deal with great players who disdain the blues.

Just play with TOTAL commitment.

Tonight, for example.

A buddy of mine...a Rock guy who is morphing into quite the well rounded guitarist...has a little situation at a local bar.

A buddy of his...a Rock-Jazz-drugs guitarist...so proficient at each that he's basically useless...got the Bar, under new management, to let him play Saturdays there.

He is nominally Top Dog...my buddy pays him tribute, even when he doesn't show up.


My buddy can play over anything...usually pretty well...but ain't much of a showman.

I show up ONCE IN A WHILE, with an attitude and an agenda...

And a guitar.

Showmanship, timing...if I go into this bar an a weekday, I drink for free.

It's not a nightclub...it's a tipjar situation.

The Bluesman has the opportunity to be the most welcome musician in the place...if he acts like one.

And when I walk in, even mister Topcat...stoner wants to sound good.
So his blues keeps improving.

Even though I sit out his "guess the next chord" instrumentals.

RE: HOW DO YO MAKE A BLUESBAND HAPP

PostPosted: Sun Dec 15, 2002 1:14 pm
by blueswriter
"To be honest, it sometimes helps to get so f####ed up that you can't play much besides basic blues, lets the feeling come out..."

In an alcoholic stupor, the only that comes is the booze. If affects your playing just as surely as it affects your speech patterns. This has to be one of the more ridiculous comments I've seen around here in a while.

BW

RE: HOW DO YO MAKE A BLUESBAND HAPP

PostPosted: Sun Dec 15, 2002 3:50 pm
by blueswriter
[updated:LAST EDITED ON Dec-15-02 AT 10:50 AM (CDT)]"In an alcoholic stupor, the only that comes is the booze. If affects your playing just as surely as it affects your speech patterns. This has to be one of the more ridiculous comments I've seen around here in a while."

And from the looks of this post, it might seem as though I was in that state. It merely equates to typing before the coffee settled into my system. What I meant to say was that "in an alcoholic stupor, the only thing that comes out is the booze."

BW

RE: HOW DO YO MAKE A BLUESBAND HAPP

PostPosted: Mon Dec 16, 2002 7:44 am
by bosco
>To be honest, it sometimes helps to get so f####ed up that
>you can't play much besides basic blues,

Allright SNAKE, I'm gonna do the neighborly thing and give you an opportunity to repent and recant on that statement. I know you misphrased that and it wasn't what you meant to say. Truth be known, playing "Basic blues" requires more soul, feeling, and timing than most genre's of music will ever know.

If you can't agree with that, my advice is to stick with the bass and forget slidin' so you don't contaminate our beloved blues anymore than you already have.

Bosco

"Instead of the cross, the Albatros, about his neck was hung."

RE: HOW DO YO MAKE A BLUESBAND HAPP

PostPosted: Wed Jan 15, 2003 12:06 pm
by stumblin
"f####ed up"
Well, I always find that I just plain can't play when I'm too drunk.
It's nice to get just a little loosened up though, helps me relax and then I can more or less play whatever I feel like.