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post Nov 21 2008, 02:50 PM
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Title says it all.. Im like, preparing all songs were gonna play on a gig, It' s in January but I still got 3 more minutes of im alright and canon rock to learn.. Crazy train. And another alter bridge song and maybe some more;D Im gonna upload my Take on Canon Rock and Im alright probably in the week after december 5th. I probably got a pod then:D

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post Nov 21 2008, 02:58 PM
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Ugh at least you got a band that can gig. My band sucks so bad we can't get through 2minutes of a 5 minute song.
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post Nov 21 2008, 03:00 PM
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Oh^^ Well, Im stoked because our original singer is back till that concert at Least. Im not too happy with our other guitarist biggrin.gif he doesnt practice.. at all? or very little, and he just doesnt have the right feeling for the bluesier stuff like Pride and Joy from stevie! Thats whyyyyy Im doing some songs with only me bass and drums! Lenny and littlewing by SRV!


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post Nov 21 2008, 03:07 PM
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I like to make sure I know a song in and out.

Play an mp3 of a song you're going to play, but drag the slider to a random point in the track and see how long it takes you to pick up where you are, and carry on playing.


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post Nov 21 2008, 03:08 PM
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QUOTE (fatb0t @ Nov 21 2008, 02:58 PM) *
Ugh at least you got a band that can gig. My band sucks so bad we can't get through 2minutes of a 5 minute song.

Ouch!! biggrin.gif You'll come around evetually.


Jesse, preparations like rehearsing and the last week rehearse one time extra. That's the obvious.
But as important is to record your takes and listen to them inbetween. That puts your version of a song in your head and knowing it from a listeners perspective is very helpful also for performing it. Knowing it by heart so to speak. Very useful!


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post Nov 21 2008, 03:11 PM
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QUOTE (Darfuria @ Nov 21 2008, 03:07 PM) *
I like to make sure I know a song in and out.

Play an mp3 of a song you're going to play, but drag the slider to a random point in the track and see how long it takes you to pick up where you are, and carry on playing.

I do that often !!!!! Mostly takes1 or 2 seconds . I listen closely to the bass to see where it' s at! For Example with I'm alright. It' s actually just chords played singe noted... kinda arpeggio' s in that way. I just listen which chord the bass is banging then I follow:D


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post Nov 21 2008, 03:15 PM
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Well apart from regular home practicing of the songs , you need to practice in a studio/practice room with your band regularly before a gig..Also one extra rehearsal right before the gig is needed.Its different when playing home alone with a CD and with a band..You need to as a band get tight and rehearse your gig..


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post Nov 21 2008, 03:17 PM
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Yeah:D Me and the singer really want to do that but our other bandmates, except drummer, dont take it really serious:(


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post Nov 21 2008, 03:21 PM
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QUOTE (Bogdan Radovic @ Nov 21 2008, 03:15 PM) *
Its different when playing home alone with a CD and with a band..You need to as a band get tight and rehearse your gig..

A funny side note is that our bass player has a band that rehearse by corresponding since the band members are widely spread, they send files back and forth and then when it's time for a gig they come together for the first time with their home rehearsed sets and go on stage.

Needless to say they are brilliant musicians with years and years of experience wink.gif


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post Nov 22 2008, 01:19 AM
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Before the gig you should practice all songs at home until you can play them flawlessly. Remember on gig and in studio some mistakes can and will happen, even if you know everything perfectly. The next step is to go to the studio and go through all songs until they are perfect.


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QUOTE (Jesse @ Nov 21 2008, 03:17 PM) *
Yeah:D Me and the singer really want to do that but our other bandmates, except drummer, dont take it really serious:(

This happens to most bands sad.gif Some people disappoint you. But sometimes also some people may surprise you. So keep working wink.gif

About preparing, I think the most important thing of all is that you listen to the songs a lot. Define the set list way before the gig and make sure you listen to every music several times. You cannot force other people to do it, but you can at least give this tip to them. One thing you can make is creating a playlist with the setlist on youtube and sending them. If they can do it with small effort they will do it for sure. wink.gif

If everyone (or at least someone) knows how the songs should sound, it becomes much more easy to identify mistakes or for instance a bad guitar tone. Then it's about practicing and practicing. As Ivan said things will go wrong on stage. Last week for instance I had 2 strings broken, we've gotta lots of feedback and had to play in lower volume, someone stole the coat from the singer, just to mention a few problems. ohmy.gif

So if you want to make it nice besides all problems follow the advice: "Don't practice until you get it right. Practice it until you can't get it wrong". (Someone uses this phrase as sig in the forum I think sleep.gif )


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post Nov 22 2008, 10:09 AM
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Yeah! I reckognize that phrase... it' s true... sounds like something buddha would say dont you think?biggrin.gif Thank' s for all the advice:)


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post Nov 23 2008, 03:21 PM
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QUOTE (MickeM @ Nov 21 2008, 03:21 PM) *
A funny side note is that our bass player has a band that rehearse by corresponding since the band members are widely spread, they send files back and forth and then when it's time for a gig they come together for the first time with their home rehearsed sets and go on stage.

Needless to say they are brilliant musicians with years and years of experience wink.gif


Yeah that is possible of course smile.gif But good ol' band practice rules smile.gif Band has to sound well as a whole band not individuals smile.gif


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QUOTE (Bogdan Radovic @ Nov 23 2008, 07:51 PM) *
Yeah that is possible of course smile.gif But good ol' band practice rules smile.gif Band has to sound well as a whole band not individuals smile.gif


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So if you want to make it nice besides all problems follow the advice: "Don't practice until you get it right. Practice it until you can't get it wrong". (Someone uses this phrase as sig in the forum I think sleep.gif )

That´s a Steve Vai quote. smile.gif
Only play on stage that what you are able to play. Or if you can improvise, do it. smile.gif
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QUOTE (Tolek @ Nov 23 2008, 03:56 PM) *
Only play on stage that what you are able to play. Or if you can improvise, do it. smile.gif


That's another aspect of a gig playing..I would recommend playing only songs that you are well satisfied with...Also practice your parts at home and in studio and don't alter them much on stage, if you go on into too much improvising on stage you have a very good chance to mess things up and in most cases those improvised parts won't sound as good as the original ones.(originals are composed with great care and when you improvise you think them on a go) so be careful with that too.

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post Nov 23 2008, 06:59 PM
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I stick to the song yeah. Except for pride and joy.. I improvise bits in between but the blues is my thing, it sounds great:D


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I don't do gigs, but some friends of mine draw a pentagram on the ground and falls into a trance for some minutes.....



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QUOTE (Jesse @ Nov 21 2008, 09:00 AM) *
Im not too happy with our other guitarist biggrin.gif he doesnt practice.. at all? or very little, and he just doesnt have the right feeling for the bluesier stuff like Pride and Joy from stevie! Thats whyyyyy Im doing some songs with only me bass and drums! Lenny and littlewing by SRV!

Know how you fell! We are telling him that if he dosen't practice he'll get kicked out.


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