Subpar or really bad with no clue and really just want to fool around a bit? The former fine the later the kiss of death so heck no.
Mostly just as a reality check, to see if there's something obvious that hasn't occurred to the person asking the question. When I ask for advice, sometimes I'm just asking for other people's perspectives, other times I'm asking for guidance.Personally i never get why people would need a lot of advice or opinions from other people...
At first, and for a long time, it's better to play with other players, assuming they can make it through the songs. You can improve yourself, by working on new grooves, fills, playing to a metronome, singing backup vocals, etc., all while being among mediocre players. Eventually, however, you'll need more capable players in order to take on more challenging music and grow your abilities.It's a common question. Is it better to practice alone, or play with sub-par players?
Maybe someone would be able to share their experience and offer something from a different perspective.Personally i never get why people would need a lot of advice or opinions from other people, in this case mostly 'strangers', regarding starting or quiting a band.
..Maybe someone would be able to share their experience and offer something from a different perspective..
You’re humorous. Your first post was something like “I don’t get why people ask for opinions”, then you give your opinion repeatedly. On an Internet forum intended for OPINIONS and discourse. Perhaps find your nearest exit door?In my opinion there are not a lot of perspectives to offer with cases like this..
Plus, there is in my opinion also a sort of unfairness to begin with, also towards theet
Sadly Larry, right now I’m not finding any. These guys are only looking to play once a month; they say they can pack any club with friends/family if they don’t book too often. That schedule works for me at this stage; I have a very busy family schedule so I’m not looking to play out a lot. 2-3 a month would be ideal for me. Nice guys, built in crowd, schedule works for me, but.... I’ll play with them again next Thursday, and see what happens. Can I do this just to get back out there?Are there no other options?
Absolutley, just don't promise them any permanence. Some of my most memorable and fun gigs were playing with people who weren't that "great", but really loved playing anyway. The hang is half the fun with a group like this, or at least it should be.Can I do this just to get back out there?
..Perhaps find your nearest exit door?..
A few of these ideas had crossed my mind. Good stuff here, appreciate it!At first, and for a long time, it's better to play with other players, assuming they can make it through the songs. You can improve yourself, by working on new grooves, fills, playing to a metronome, singing backup vocals, etc., all while being among mediocre players. Eventually, however, you'll need more capable players in order to take on more challenging music and grow your abilities.
Are you interested in growing your abilities, or are you happy with your current skills? Does working with this band raise your visibility on your local scene? Could pursuing this gig lead to other gigs?
Another idea is to put a time limit to your involvement. For example, you could agree to any gigs until they find another drummer, or until the end of 2020, whichever comes first. Having an end date in sight could help.
You can test the waters, and maybe also help to improve the band by setting up a video camera at rehearsals, and watching together. At that point, you might suggest studying with a vocal coach and guitar teacher. How the band responds to these ideas might inform your decision.
My opinion is that this isn't a bad thing. A lot depends on your location in the world and what your local scene is like, but it seems that the appetite for Classic Rock is high the world over. I'd love to be doing something "different" and packing the punters in, the reality is that often those "different" songs go down less well, and when people are shaking my hand at the end of a gig and we're getting repeat bookings from landlords I think that maybe we might not be setting the world on fire with originality but people enjoy what we do. Being the tightest Classic Rock act in a scene where Classic Rock acts get the lion's share of bookings would be no bad thing.unfortunately, I think we'd end up being another brand X (but tight) classic rock quartet, grinding out Skynryd, ZZtop & Aerosmith covers...