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    Trumpet would be trickier than bass that way
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    I'm feeling a bit more positive about things after reflecting on it. I used my small Tele bass the first night. I found the edges of the fretboard were tough on my uncalloused hands, so maybe I need to investigated rolled edges. The second time, I used my violin bass. It was pretty comfy, and for the first time I played all night with my fingers instead of a pick. I'm going to take my Gibson EB3 next time and would like to try the finger thing again. I'll probably get around to taking the 34" Tele bass sooner or later, but I'm finding the 30" scale of the violin bass and the EB3 seems to feel right.
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    I prefer playing with my fingers--but for some rhythms & sounds the pick does work better
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    I just realized how long it's been since this thread was active....So first off, let's get this out of the way, lol.....



    So, the band I joined in February didn't pan out. I was beginning to think maybe it would never happen again and I should consider hanging it up and selling my gear. Yesterday I was out walking the dog and ran into an old band buddy from the 70's. We talked gear and lamented how we'd both like to be doing some music but couldn't find the right people. I spent some time on the phone last night, lined up a drummer and second guitar player, and it sounds like the four of us will likely be jamming next weekend. I'm as excited as I've been since I retired! I guess it's time to build my bass callouses up again.
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    I have been having lots of problems with band members showing up too late to gigs- especially drummers. We had one gig recently where the band arrived literally 15 minutes before start time with a full room of people. The drummer literally threw his set together and we only started on time because I started announcing the band while he was throwing his cymbals on the stands- not good...

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    It must be just that much tougher when there are more people involved. I'm grateful that the group I'm trying to organize is only four people - One of them will always be there on time because he lives there, one of them's me, so there are only two to worry about.

    I had to laugh....I told the drummer that the singer/lead player has a PA, but because he also uses it as part of his home music system, it's not practical to move. The drummer always hosted practices in the previous bands and never had to move his drums before, and he acted really hard done, lol. He grudgingly said something about only bringing a five piece kit, and I agreed (privately wondering why you'd ever need more). Anyway, we're all agreed in general...we're going to play classic rock, only gig once in a while, and just have fun with it once a week or so. Probably getting started the first weekend in December.
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    I kind of figured that one died, as the thread did.

    But here's hoping this one goes better--and you iron out the wrinkles (Well maybe some you can't--but age does that-- )
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    Quote Originally Posted by zontar View Post
    I kind of figured that one died, as the thread did.

    But here's hoping this one goes better--and you iron out the wrinkles (Well maybe some you can't--but age does that-- )
    I have expectations that this could work. In the band I played in (about 10 years back) for four years, the drummer and the rhythm player were decent, and would have been the guys I chose if I'd been able to cherrypick. They're still a bit rough around the edges, but working with the lead guitar player/singer will help them. The lead player is someone I played with in a couple of 70's bands, and he made me into a better player. I suspect this band might work.

    I tried a band three or four years ago that should've worked....All decent players, but the whole thing crashed over problems finding the right singer. After it was officially over and done with, I went over to the drummer's (where we practiced) to pick up my gear, and he told me he was troubled because he didn't see any magic between the two guitar players. I guess you never know till you actually get some music happening.

    By the way, zontar - I thought I'd told the end of that story : That "band" I tried out back in February was a lost cause. The ad made them sound fairly pro and organized, but when I played the first night, I knew they were garage wannabe's. I played with them a few more times, thinking maybe I could shape them up and make them credible, but after while, I began to recognize that these were just yahoos that wanted to drink beer and party on Saturday night. They weren't interested in being serious. The last straw for me was arriving for the last practice and watching the lead player setting a Marshall full-stack. After they abused my hearing for a few minutes, I said adios.

    On the subject of wrinkles, I want to show everybody that you're never too old to rock and roll. And, at 67, I'm not the oldest guy in the band
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    Quote Originally Posted by spellcaster View Post

    On the subject of wrinkles, I want to show everybody that you're never too old to rock and roll. And, at 67, I'm not the oldest guy in the band
    At one company Christmas party there was a band--and the people who were complaining they were too loud were the 20 somethings.
    Anybody older was good with it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zontar View Post
    At one company Christmas party there was a band--and the people who were complaining they were too loud were the 20 somethings.
    Anybody older was good with it.
    Maybe that's because the older people can just turn down their hearing aids, lol.
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