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Old 05-13-2014, 11:57 PM
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I'm new to the forum and this is my first post. I have been playing (seriously) for about three months. I have had periods in the past where I would try to learn but work or some other issue would absorb the time I should have been putting into drumming. I'm improving. I normally pick things up fairly quickly. Now I'm nervous. A guy I work with had his band leave to go play another venue. He is now looking for a drummer. I told him without hesitation I would do it. The first show is in two days. Now I'm afraid I'm going to screw it up. He says it will be fine we're just playing for fun! He plays older country type music (Eddie Rabbit, Alabama type stuff). Not really my style but that's what I've been listening to and trying to play lately. I want to play for people I just doubt I'm actually ready. I do not read music,I play by ear. Just wondering what some of you guys think.
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Old 05-14-2014, 12:23 AM
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You told him you'd do it and now you wanna pull out two days before show time and leave him holding the ball? Come on, are you a man or are you a mouse? :-)

Do it mate. He's already taken the pressure off you. I'd take "playing for fun" to mean just that. Sounds like you have nothing to prove to anyone but yourself. Here's your opportunity to do it, I reckon.

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I want to play for people I just doubt I'm actually ready.
No time like the present to find out then, is there?

I've always been of the mindset that if you can hold a beat, play solid time, you can follow and interect with other musicians, then you're ready. Test yourself. Go find out mate.

Be sure to let us all know how it goes, hey.
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Old 05-14-2014, 12:29 AM
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I absolutely want to do it I just don't want to screw it up ya know? I've told him we need to practice before we play together. His reply was he'll it's country music it's all the same beat anyway! I'm excited yet apprehensive about my current abilities. Thanks for the reassurance.
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Old 05-14-2014, 12:34 AM
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Old 05-14-2014, 12:54 AM
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Do it!

Play the songs as simply as you need to stay within your comfort zone, even if that means playing the money beat all night.
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Old 05-14-2014, 01:07 AM
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Has he ever heard your playing at all? Record some country beats on your phone and send them to him to listen to. If he approves, then you can rest easy.
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Old 05-14-2014, 02:10 AM
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Your show is in 2 days yet you have not rehearsed with the band?
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Old 05-14-2014, 02:39 AM
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I've been trying. They just show up and play. He hasn't even asked to hear me play. Guess he trusts me! Keep in mind this is a couple guys that play this one venue once a week. I've heard some of their stuff. The old drummer lost time often. None of them seemed to mind. I guess I have a little more pride than he did.
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Old 05-14-2014, 03:24 AM
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I've been trying. They just show up and play. He hasn't even asked to hear me play. Guess he trusts me! Keep in mind this is a couple guys that play this one venue once a week. I've heard some of their stuff. The old drummer lost time often. None of them seemed to mind. I guess I have a little more pride than he did.
Then you should have no problem then...

DO IT!!!

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Old 05-14-2014, 03:41 AM
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I played a gig not long after I started playing drums.. The concert band I was trumpeting for threw me in the deep end. It was humbling. Last week at the jam night they wanted me to play jazz.. And again it was a humbling experience. I think it's great when you suck because you get angry and that makes you want to improve.

Practice along to some country music for a few hours today and tomorrow.
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Old 05-14-2014, 04:10 AM
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Oh I have! I've been practicing country for over a week solid.
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Old 05-14-2014, 05:41 AM
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Did they at least give you a set list?
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Old 05-14-2014, 05:46 AM
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do it, if he doesn't ask you play advanced fills, or time changes. just play simple beats, and keep the timing, that's what drummers are all about! and good luck mate!
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Old 05-14-2014, 02:03 PM
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Dooooooo Eeeeeeeet.

You'll have a ball. You won't suck nearly as bad as your imagination is telling you. You'll get an awesome high, and then you'll come back here and tell us all about it.

I look forward to reading your "Duuuuuuuuuude! It was TOTALLY RAD!" post. :-D

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Old 05-14-2014, 06:21 PM
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I've been trying. They just show up and play. He hasn't even asked to hear me play. Guess he trusts me! Keep in mind this is a couple guys that play this one venue once a week. I've heard some of their stuff. The old drummer lost time often. None of them seemed to mind. I guess I have a little more pride than he did.
So you haven't even rehearsed once,your friend knows you've only been playing 3 months,never played with a band before,and you still have no set list...is that about right?

Although I wish you all the luck in the world,this should be an epic failure,but that's NOT a bad thing.This experience will teach you more about what NOT to do,if you learn the lessons that are learnable here.

Even the pros,who are in the same bands with each other,rehearse before performing.If you learn nothing else,learn that.Best of luck

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Old 05-14-2014, 07:03 PM
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If your work colleague knows you have only been playing for 3 months he is not expecting John Bonham to show up. As others stated here keep things simple and have fun. If you inadvertently misrepresented your playing level then you will just have to pay the piper so to speak and learn from the experience.

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Old 05-14-2014, 10:09 PM
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Just do it. What have you got to lose?
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Old 05-15-2014, 06:00 AM
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Thanks guys. I'm actually excited about it now. I've never misrepresented my skill level to him. I told him if nothing else I can keep time for them all night.
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Old 05-15-2014, 07:13 AM
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I have been playing (seriously) for about three months.........I told him without hesitation I would do it. ..... Now I'm afraid I'm going to screw it up....... Not really my style ...... I just doubt I'm actually ready. .....Just wondering what some of you guys think.
Let's see: You volunteered to "help" a guy with a band, who plays a style of music you don't, after telling him you can do it, and you doubt you're ready - after three months.

I think you've set yourself up for a memorable experience. Have fun and remember to breathe. At this point that's all you can do. Hopefully you can count the songs in and play them at a speed that the other's can follow. You've given me strength. I've been driving for 40 years so I'm calling NASCAR tomorrow and volunteering to drive at Indianapolis next weekend. I'm pretty sure I can do it. :)
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Old 05-15-2014, 07:46 AM
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I've been driving for 40 years so I'm calling NASCAR tomorrow and volunteering to drive at Indianapolis next weekend. I'm pretty sure I can do it. :)
I reckon you'll be able to handle the go-karts at an office xmas party though. Which seems to be more of a parallel with this gig than debuting at Daytona. By all accounts, it sounds about as low key and as casual as gigs get. It certainly doesn't sound like he'll be required to play note for note from charts in front of thirty thousand people at MSG.

It may be a sink or swim moment.......but it would seem the pool is pretty shallow. :-)
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Old 05-15-2014, 10:40 AM
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Do it! And have fun. Just bring your biggest, widest ears and keep listening as you play!

Years ago I joined a band on a Wednesday and had the first gig on the Friday. No setlist, no rehearsal, nothing. They just called the songs off, and the keyboard player and guitarist took would shout to me if there was a stop / start coming up. We all got through it and the audience was none the wiser. it went great! One of the most fun gigs I've ever played.
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Old 05-15-2014, 10:57 AM
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Look at it the other way:

The worst that could happen is that you screw up in a few places. This is a good time to learn that making a mistake is not the end of the world. You're not risking life and limb here. As a matter of fact, you will be shocked at how few people even notice.

Bro, if you don't do it now, after all of us telling you to go for it, you'll hate yourself the next day.
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Old 05-15-2014, 11:24 AM
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You already told them you would do it, you can't chicken out.
Good luck and have fun!
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Old 05-16-2014, 02:15 AM
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I reckon you'll be able to handle the go-karts at an office xmas party though. Which seems to be more of a parallel with this gig than debuting at Daytona. By all accounts, it sounds about as low key and as casual as gigs get. It certainly doesn't sound like he'll be required to play note for note from charts in front of thirty thousand people at MSG.

It may be a sink or swim moment.......but it would seem the pool is pretty shallow. :-)
Agreed.... but about Daytona, it would really be nice. :)
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Old 05-16-2014, 07:45 PM
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Two days has come and gone so how did it go?
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Old 05-17-2014, 02:57 AM
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Yeah, I'm curious, too! :D
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Old 05-17-2014, 04:14 AM
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Your show is in 2 days yet you have not rehearsed with the band?
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Did they at least give you a set list?
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So you haven't even rehearsed once,your friend knows you've only been playing 3 months,never played with a band before,and you still have no set list...is that about right?...
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Let's see: You volunteered to "help" a guy with a band, who plays a style of music you don't, after telling him you can do it, and you doubt you're ready - after three months....

I hope you have a good cape to run away in.

LOL

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Old 05-18-2014, 01:51 AM
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Two days has come and gone so how did it go?
Buhler............Buhler............Buhler?????
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Vosscop how did the gig go?
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Yep. The silence is deafening..

Either it was so good, he's moved on to superstardom............or he buried himself so deep, he's still trying to dig his way out. :-)
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Old 05-18-2014, 11:59 PM
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Well I didn't screw it up at all! I didn't screw up because after all that worrying, he can canceled at the last minute! Guess it will be this coming Thursday.
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Old 05-19-2014, 02:50 AM
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Well I didn't screw it up at all! I didn't screw up because after all that worrying, he can canceled at the last minute! Guess it will be this coming Thursday.
That gives you plenty of time to get a set list. There is no reason for your friend not to have that to you already. If he doesn't, it tells you how serious he is about the music. Good luck.
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Old 05-24-2014, 05:40 AM
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So, again, how did it go yesterday?
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I know its late but since as there hasnt been a response Ill just say I did a very similar thing. Although I had the benefit of rehearsing my skill was very minimal as I'd only been playing 2 to 3 months myself.

Sometimes in life you just have to test yourself. I was always wrapped in cotton wool and if I didnt take a chance to do something I never would. The gig went probably 3 out of 10 but I learned a hell of a lot!

Also it is good to make mistakes. Never be afraid of making them. If you never make a mistake you are not trying hard enough!
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