Guess I'm a solo act now

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Guess I'm a solo act now

Postby stratman_27 » Thu Apr 05, 2007 8:18 pm

Bass player decided he wanted to concentrate more on playing bluegrass and lead guitar player is finding himself overextended at the present so needless to say our band in now defunct. I was really bummed last nite but I today I realize that I got a great new flattop and some equipment I should work on a solo act until the drummer and I can find a bass player and maybe another guitar player.

This gives me a chance to take a break and really hone my chops.
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Postby bigdaddy » Thu Apr 05, 2007 10:14 pm

It's also a new start. Be picky and put it back together with better players.
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Postby stratman_27 » Thu Apr 05, 2007 10:54 pm

Thats the part that sucks I had the best lead guitar player in town. Bass players are hard to find around here. If I can't find some decent dudes to play then I'll go to plan B which is just me alone and maybe a harp now and again. I been itching to play some acoustic blues in front of a crowd so here's my chance. Plus it'll give me an excuse to get me a resonator guitar.
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Postby jeffl » Fri Apr 06, 2007 2:35 pm

Best wishes Stratman. You'll do fine.
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Postby lightninboy » Sat Apr 07, 2007 3:15 am

I've wasted a lot of time in the past with bands.
I've never wasted any with solo playing.
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Postby maxx england » Sat Apr 07, 2007 10:16 am

You still have the drummer, you can blow harp and play guitar; why not experiment a bit and see if the drummer can bring a little more to the table? It would be your own, individual, sound. Just an idea. Ignore if no good.
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Postby david » Sat Apr 07, 2007 3:18 pm

One of the best live blues performances I ever saw was Willie King. It was just Willie on his old strat and his drummer that has been with him for ever. The two of them played for about thirty in an outdoor pavilion and had everyone up and grooving.

The old guy could capture the attention of the crowd and move it however he wanted. Wasn't anything fancy, just solid blues.
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Postby oleman » Sat Apr 07, 2007 5:59 pm

The Whitestripes made it pretty big with just drums and guitar.

And pretty basic drums and guitar it was too.
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Postby jeffl » Sat Apr 07, 2007 6:11 pm

How 'bout The Carpenters....? Yeee-hawww!
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Postby david » Mon Apr 09, 2007 4:30 am

jeffl wrote:How 'bout The Carpenters....? Yeee-hawww!


Alright, we could have gone all day without that.

Geez, where's the moderator when you need him? Shouldn't there be a censorship rule for that sort of thing. I nearly lost my lunch.

Wait, I guess Karen did that...
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Postby bluesmcgoo » Mon Apr 09, 2007 3:43 pm

If you want to get hyped over what is possible with just a guitar and drums, just check out the Black Keys.

Excellent band.
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Postby bluejay » Mon Apr 09, 2007 6:21 pm

I second checking out the Black Keys, and the White Stripes, too. In many ways both duos take the same approach, yet with very interesting differences in material it is applied to. I think both are successful in defining their own unique sounds.

Since I got my wife cocktail drums to go with her congas, this will be our combo for home cooking of the musical style, because I don't think I can get either the dog or the cat to play bass. :wink:
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Postby cas » Mon Apr 09, 2007 10:04 pm

>>Wait, I guess Karen did that<<

OOhh....that's cold David.

Carol :wink:
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Postby jeffl » Mon Apr 09, 2007 10:56 pm

cas wrote:>>Wait, I guess Karen did that<<

OOhh....that's cold David.

Carol :wink:
Oh-oh. Here we go with that "PC" discussion again.
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Postby jeffl » Mon Apr 09, 2007 11:19 pm

One thing about drums and guitar, or drums and piano, is that the addition of a drummer gets you into places you can't go without it; it can also keep you from playing some places. Playin' as a duo does force you to be more inventive will all yer licks,to keep from sounding redundant. I've always loved playing duos of any combination, and I've done alot of it. It's especially nice when both of you are competent on at least one more instrument, so you can do some switching off and can play some tunes that need different instrumentation. Duos,trios, and larger bands all offer their own different relational dynamics and their different personal rewards.
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