Another "Back in the Saddle" thread

Stroman

Platinum Member
Well, I got coaxed out of "retirement," lol.

I got a call from a guitarist I once worked with, asking me to do a one-weekend gig at a casino. Good pay, good players, so I said yes.

It's been a while since I did a full evening of playing, so I have about three weeks to get back in form and learn new songs. The first rehearsal is tonight.

Should be fun! :)
 

gdmoore28

Gold Member
We must, of course, be allowed to share in the experience thru testimony and photographic evidence. Hope you have a blast.

geeDeeEmm
 

Stroman

Platinum Member
We must, of course, be allowed to share in the experience thru testimony and photographic evidence. Hope you have a blast.

geeDeeEmm
Haha, sure thing. :)

I'll ask everyone to wish me luck - in return I'll try to supply a pic or two and probably a goofy tale.

Deal?
 

Stroman

Platinum Member
Good luck and how did the rehearsal go?
Thanks! Rehearsal was good. Kicked the rust off pretty quickly.

The bass player (who I had never met) commented several times how easy I was to play with, so I take that as a good compliment. At the end of the evening he shook my hand with a big smile and said "Easy money! This is gonna be fun!"

I still have quite a few songs to learn to get up to a full evening's worth of music, but it's good.

Zephyr - I have no good video recording equipment, but if someone happens to take some, I'll share it. :)
 

gdmoore28

Gold Member
The bass player (who I had never met) commented several times how easy I was to play with, so I take that as a good compliment. At the end of the evening he shook my hand with a big smile and said "Easy money! This is gonna be fun!"
In my mind, that's the best compliment you can get from a band member. If you can easily lock in with the bass player, you've got it right. You two will literally make the band while being the unsung heroes. Make the front men look good!

GeeDeeEmm
 

Stroman

Platinum Member
Well, I promised an update, and this is it. Unfortunately I don't have pics or video.

We played two nights at a casino - it's one of the better gigs in m area. We were well received and got pretty much unanimously good feedback from patrons and staff. (Except for one little incident. Someone wanted to buy the singer a beer, and the singer specifying that he wanted a Kokanee was misinterpreted as the band shouting out orders from the stage. I think they got through that misunderstanding, though.)

From my perspective, it was rough, lol. Stage volume was SOOooo loud, and even with a monitor I couldn't hear what I needed to hear, and I don't know exactly why. There was just too much of EVERYTHING. At times I literally could not hear my hi-hat. This caused a few problems because I couldn't always tell where in a song we were (neither could the others, apparently, because sometimes it sounded like the bass player and guitarist were in two different parts of a song) and endings were missed. We always landed on our feet, as the guitarist put it, but it wasn't the most musically proud moment. It reminded me of the difference between a GOOD performance and WELL-LIKED performance. :)

After all was said and done, it was fun enough, but I was reminded why I quit gigging. Way too much work for the reward, and I just don't get the warm fuzzies from playing cover tunes any more. The praise from patrons, when I know a performance wasn't very good, just falls flat. Yes, I know they enjoyed it and had fun, but... yeah.

All in all, I think I'll go back into retirement. It seems like a waste, after so many years of honing my craft, but I just don't feel the fire any more. Maybe a different type of situation would make me feel differently, but I don't know what that would be at the moment. Ah well, the gear doesn't eat, so it costs nothing to sit on it.
 

gdmoore28

Gold Member
I wouldn't go back into a band with uncontrolled stage volume, either. That sort of volume is totally unnecessary. When you can't even hear your own drums, it just sucks the fun right out of it. Whenever I play now, it's with guys about my age (62) who have been there, done that, and have no interest in blowing our eardrums out. That's the kind of band you should find - or have somebody who knows how to manage stage volume for you. It can still be a lot of fun.

GeeDeeEmm
 

Stroman

Platinum Member
I wouldn't go back into a band with uncontrolled stage volume, either. That sort of volume is totally unnecessary. When you can't even hear your own drums, it just sucks the fun right out of it. Whenever I play now, it's with guys about my age (62) who have been there, done that, and have no interest in blowing our eardrums out. That's the kind of band you should find - or have somebody who knows how to manage stage volume for you. It can still be a lot of fun.

GeeDeeEmm
Yes, stage volume was a big issue for me. I used to like it when I was young (louder is better!! lol) but not any more.
 

GrimmReefer

Senior Member
Yes, stage volume was a big issue for me. I used to like it when I was young (louder is better!! lol) but not any more.
I just want to throw in that in my experience the monitors at Casino's just suck. Casino's do a lot of different types of acts on any given night and the rooms are normally huge. Before i went to in ear's I played at 3 different Casinos and the monitor always blasted me out. Even with the in ears the sound is just horrible but at least I'm not deaf at the end of the night.

Hopefully in the future you decide to take another gigging offer. It would be nice to sit behind the kit on occasion and actually have a nice experience.
 
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