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iamjohn 10-12-2013 03:13 PM

Things that go through my head while I'm playing a gig:
 
"How does this song start again? Oh good it's a guitar intro. Ok we're in. Yeah this is good. This is really good. Oh, that sucked. Why did I do that? Is this where the chorus comes in? Should I try that difficult fill or the easy one? Easy one. What does that hand gesture Greg (Singer) is making mean? Does he want me to slow down or play quieter? I wonder what Julie's (Wife) doing right now. How does this song end again?

SgtThump 10-12-2013 03:38 PM

Re: Things that go through my head while I'm playing a gig:
 
Ha ha ha.... I can relate. :)

criz p. critter 10-12-2013 05:31 PM

Re: Things that go through my head while I'm playing a gig:
 
I should'a took a pee before the set started!

TColumbia37 10-12-2013 05:53 PM

Re: Things that go through my head while I'm playing a gig:
 
I used to be the guitarist of a band that I didn't really like. I was just bored all the time while we were playing. I would be thinking things like "Man, I need to do laundry in the morning. Do I have any bills coming up?"

Nowadays, when I'm drumming at a gig, I just get so into the music that I don't really think about much. Unless I make a mistake or start to get tired, I just get lost in the moment.

Florian 10-12-2013 06:01 PM

Re: Things that go through my head while I'm playing a gig:
 
pretty much same thing here, even after 20 years with the same band.

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Dre25 10-12-2013 06:10 PM

Re: Things that go through my head while I'm playing a gig:
 
Only have myself to blame but lately it's "Oh, the audience couldn't care less. Let's see if he can play the right notes this time. Oh no, here comes the end of the song, no one's gonna clap. What am I doing with my life?"

Hollywood Jim 10-12-2013 06:19 PM

Re: Things that go through my head while I'm playing a gig:
 
HA !

Great post ! I can totally relate to this.



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Originally Posted by TColumbia37 (Post 1188643)
I used to be the guitarist of a band that I didn't really like. I was just bored all the time while we were playing. I would be thinking things like "Man, I need to do laundry in the morning. Do I have any bills coming up?"

Nowadays, when I'm drumming at a gig, I just get so into the music that I don't really think about much. Unless I make a mistake or start to get tired, I just get lost in the moment.

Funny, I have been playing drums behind the band for 50 years. I have enjoyed it. But I find myself frustrated watching everyone else except me taking solos, picking the songs and running the band, etc.

They never let me take solos. Guitar players are just not programmed that way. (If you think about it, very very few songs are written with drum solos.)

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DrumEatDrum 10-12-2013 07:48 PM

Re: Things that go through my head while I'm playing a gig:
 
...Ok, the singer missed the cue, now we're off....OK, need a new fill that establishes without a doubt where we actually are in the song......

TColumbia37 10-12-2013 07:51 PM

Re: Things that go through my head while I'm playing a gig:
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Hollywood Jim (Post 1188654)
Funny, I have been playing drums behind the band for 50 years. I have enjoyed it. But I find myself frustrated watching everyone else except me taking solos, picking the songs and running the band, etc.

They never let me take solos. Guitar players are just not programmed that way. (If you think about it, very very few songs are written with drum solos.)

Yeah, I know what you mean.. Almost every song in the ska band has a trombone and/or guitar solo, but I think it's actually really cool, because a lot of ska bands don't do solo sections.

We've been working on a cover of "Vengabus", and I think there's going to be a big solo section after the second chorus, and I'm REALLY hoping they don't ask me to play a drum solo, because I'm not ready for that yet. If I was confident enough in my capabilities to play a decent solo, I would be happy to, but I don't want to do it unless I know I can nail it.

I would never be in a band in which I didn't have just as much creative control as everybody else, even as a drummer. If somebody has an idea of something they'd like me to play during a section, that's fine with me, but I expect them to be able to consider my ideas of what they could do better, when I have them.

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Originally Posted by DrumEatDrum (Post 1188669)
...Ok, the singer missed the cue, now we're off....OK, need a new fill that establishes without a doubt where we actually are in the song......

I hate that! What is it with singers having timing issues? Every once and a while the singer in one of my bands will get off time, but won't correct it. She'll just keep going, knowing that she's off.

Dignan 10-12-2013 07:57 PM

Re: Things that go through my head while I'm playing a gig:
 
"Did I go to Wendy's twice today?"

- Jim Gaffigan

Hollywood Jim 10-12-2013 08:06 PM

Re: Things that go through my head while I'm playing a gig:
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by TColumbia37 (Post 1188670)
Yeah, I know what you mean.. Almost every song in the ska band has a trombone and/or guitar solo, but I think it's actually really cool, because a lot of ska bands don't do solo sections.

We've been working on a cover of "Vengabus", and I think there's going to be a big solo section after the second chorus, and I'm REALLY hoping they don't ask me to play a drum solo, because I'm not ready for that yet. If I was confident enough in my capabilities to play a decent solo, I would be happy to, but I don't want to do it unless I know I can nail it.


Right !

And if you are not ready for a solo, it could be scary.

And don't get me wrong. I'm not talking about wanting a long drum solo. I'm just talking about a few bars or maybe a 15 second drum solo.



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TColumbia37 10-12-2013 08:16 PM

Re: Things that go through my head while I'm playing a gig:
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Hollywood Jim (Post 1188678)
Right !

And if you are not ready for a solo, it could be scary.

And don't get me wrong. I'm not talking about wanting a long drum solo. I'm just talking about a few bars or maybe a 15 second drum solo.



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Exactly. A good example would be, when the bridge is about to transition back into a final chorus, just have everybody take a rest, and play a few bars of some flashy solo-type fills before going back into that last chorus. I love stuff like that.

er-minio 10-12-2013 08:24 PM

Re: Things that go through my head while I'm playing a gig:
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by iamjohn (Post 1188609)
"How does this song start again? Oh good it's a guitar intro. Ok we're in

Ahahha. Can totally relate to this.
Sometimes during gigs, due to nervousness, I blank before songs. No damn idea of what I'm supposed to play until the guitarist plays the first note :-)
Then it is ok.

A few times I asked the bass player to hum the beginning of the next song to me while the singer was doing the usual audience interaction between songs... embarassing I know, that's why we have jokes about drummers :-)

Writing down the score of the songs (or the first bars, etc) and leave it next to me helps, but sometimes I forget to do it.

jornthedrummer 10-12-2013 08:30 PM

Re: Things that go through my head while I'm playing a gig:
 
If I know the song I would be scouting for pussy -)

Please don't ban me - I am just being honest.

Zickos 10-12-2013 08:32 PM

Re: Things that go through my head while I'm playing a gig:
 
One, two, three, four, one, two, three, four...

AxisDrummer 10-12-2013 08:51 PM

Re: Things that go through my head while I'm playing a gig:
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by iamjohn (Post 1188609)
"How does this song start again? Oh good it's a guitar intro. Ok we're in. Yeah this is good. This is really good. Oh, that sucked. Why did I do that? Is this where the chorus comes in? Should I try that difficult fill or the easy one? Easy one. What does that hand gesture Greg (Singer) is making mean? Does he want me to slow down or play quieter? I wonder what Julie's (Wife) doing right now. How does this song end again?

Reading this puts me at ease......I'm VERY relieved to know there are others who experience the same thing!

SgtThump 10-12-2013 09:16 PM

Re: Things that go through my head while I'm playing a gig:
 
Ive been a guitar player for alot longer than a drummer and I used to have to start most of the songs. But now that im a drummer, I forget everything. Ha! Im serious.

Hollywood Jim 10-12-2013 09:20 PM

Re: Things that go through my head while I'm playing a gig:
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by SgtThump (Post 1188696)
Ive been a guitar player for alot longer than a drummer and I used to have to start most of the songs. But now that im a drummer, I forget everything. Ha! Im serious.

HA !
LOL.....


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SquadLeader 10-12-2013 10:00 PM

Re: Things that go through my head while I'm playing a gig:
 
I really, genuinely, couldn't tell you...

I'm usually so into what we're playing I just go into a bit of a dream world really.

Got a gig Wednesday night...I'm gonna pay more attention

Hollywood Jim 10-12-2013 10:43 PM

Re: Things that go through my head while I'm playing a gig:
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by SquadLeader (Post 1188708)
I really, genuinely, couldn't tell you...

I'm usually so into what we're playing I just go into a bit of a dream world really.

Got a gig Wednesday night...I'm gonna pay more attention


Oh no, don't do that ! You are going to lose focus and screw up.... LOL


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New Tricks 10-12-2013 11:08 PM

Re: Things that go through my head while I'm playing a gig:
 
About two years ago, I took on the task of playing backing tracks for our 3 piece band via an SPD-SX.

The easy songs have only 3 or 4 segments that repeat in the same manner throughout the song and those are never an issue.

The more difficult ones have 9 or 10 parts that don't necessarily follow a 1 thru 10 pattern. On those, all I am thinking is, "I wonder which pad I should hit next?" Playing the wrong drum part is much easier to disguise than playing a wrong piano/horn/synth part. All I can do is kill it and wait for the next segment to come up.

When I just play drums, all I am thinking is, "This is an easy gig!" and "I wish the front line/guitar players would move around some more and act like they are having fun".

caddywumpus 10-12-2013 11:14 PM

Re: Things that go through my head while I'm playing a gig:
 
"Some windchimes would sound REALLY good right here..."

"I wonder if people notice the drums behind these extremely large badges..."

"Is that Mo in the audience?!?!?"

TColumbia37 10-12-2013 11:20 PM

Re: Things that go through my head while I'm playing a gig:
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by New Tricks (Post 1188728)
"I wish the front line/guitar players would move around some more and act like they are having fun".

Yes!

Just as I was starting to wonder about how much energy the ska band has live (as I'm always too wrapped up in my own world to notice), I found out that at our last show, our trumpet player started playing air guitar on his trumpet during a guitar-heavy section of a song. That made me so happy.

Acetrucker42 10-13-2013 12:26 AM

Re: Things that go through my head while I'm playing a gig:
 
Yes I can relate to all the above including "why are they looking at me? Oh I start this one!" and "Oh they have skipped a track and I'm playing the wrong song again!!"

moxman 10-13-2013 01:01 AM

Re: Things that go through my head while I'm playing a gig:
 
OP - loL!

Here's my take:
" is the bass player dragging again? are the brass dragging again? Is the guitarist rushing again? Did the lead singer forget the lyrics again? Why does the keyboardist sound like he's playing a toy piano.. Where did the soundman go? Why are those lights pointed right in my eyes.. Are those lasers? If it gets any hotter in here my kit will melt. Why didn't I take up harmonica? I think I pulled something carrying by hardware box up the stairs. Why didn't I take up beat boxing? is the guitarist signalling a cue or scratching his nose.. I need a drink!

eclipseownzu 10-13-2013 01:15 AM

Re: Things that go through my head while I'm playing a gig:
 
Where are all the people? Wow this place looks huge with it this empty. Oh look a person! Wait that's just a homeless guy looking for a bathroom. I hope the bartender likes us because he is the only one here. Hopefully he likes us enough to give us free drinks. No wait, he looks pissed off. I guess its no free drinks tonight. What is twenty five percent of nothing, because that is what I'm making tonight. One day when I am playing Wembley Stadium I won't have to put up with this bullshit! Where are all the people?

Emmaticus00 10-13-2013 06:48 AM

Re: Things that go through my head while I'm playing a gig:
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Dignan (Post 1188674)
"Did I go to Wendy's twice today?"

- Jim Gaffigan

He's hilarious! Best comedian ever!

mikel 10-13-2013 11:39 AM

Re: Things that go through my head while I'm playing a gig:
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by jornthedrummer (Post 1188684)
If I know the song I would be scouting for pussy -)

Please don't ban me - I am just being honest.

Nothing wrong with being honest, but I believe they are called Women.

chipotle 10-13-2013 01:28 PM

Re: Things that go through my head while I'm playing a gig:
 
I remember a few nights when I was thinking. " For pete's sake it's 2:00 in the morning, the room is empty but for a few clingons who don't care if there is a band here or not, Let's just go home."

Aeolian 10-13-2013 11:40 PM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by mikel (Post 1188837)
Nothing wrong with being honest, but I believe they are called Women.

Except that "women" typically don't go home for one night stands with the drummer. Maybe he should have said "party girls" or something similar. I'm sure the lady drummer's have their "stud" or whatever equivalent.

In these parts the term is "talent". "Oh, there's some 'talent' in the room tonight". Personally there's not enough latex in the world to get caught up with the "talent", but then I'm also married to a wonderful woman (who I met back when I was a guitar player ;-)).

iamjohn 10-14-2013 07:20 PM

Re: Things that go through my head while I'm playing a gig:
 
I was away for the weekend without my computer. I really enjoyed reading all of these posts. I recently joined 2 gigging bands at the same time. Had over 60 songs to learn in a short period of time so I'm still stumped at the beginning of some songs.

I charted out most of the songs but, for some reason, the singer/leader (of both bands) is totally against me using charts. He's a bit of a control freak but it's fine because he's booking about 12-15 decent-paying gigs per month so I'll give him what he wants. I don't like seeing bands reading charts at gigs either but until I have all the songs filed neatly in my head it really helps with beginnings, breaks and endings.

Anyway, more and more I'm easing into that zen state where I'm in the moment. It's just a process to get there.

New Tricks 10-15-2013 07:56 PM

Re: Things that go through my head while I'm playing a gig:
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Aeolian (Post 1188932)
Except that "women" typically don't go home for one night stands with the drummer. .

Sure they do. Women run the gambit from scientist to skank and they all have a purpose in life. God bless all of them :)


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