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Hey all, whazzup?


I've got a show this Saturday, and given our track record with practices, we're gonna have a few wrecks along the way....no one seems to practice outside of "band practice", so no one's really progressing.....(well, i practice, which is why i can complain, right??)


So, what kind of activities (besides consuming mass quantities) can i do to keep my chin up. We're not going to sound great. just ok, and while they don't seem to care, I DO!!


Any advice in handling this situation would be appreciated from you pro's

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In my experience, the show isn't for playing perfectly. That's what albums are for. The show is for connecting with the audience. Don't just stand there going through the motions. Have fun. Act like you're in the crowd dancing, they'll catch on (unless you're playing a retirement home). If you guys are having fun, it will be communicated to the listeners/watchers and you'll probably pick up a few fans.

"Bass isn't just for breakfast anymore..."



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plus, what I learned is that While you may be playing the show perfectly, the drummer might be off, the guitar may be on another time zone, but if you sound perfect to you, you wont to the audience, try to adapt to the train wrecks, maybe you can soften the blows with a little adaptation.
you can make stumbling blocks, or stepping stones out of the same things, what have you built?
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You could try biting Tom... that always works for me.



Don't let the mistakes bug you. Go into it with a positive attitude. You guys have played without screwing up in the past, right? There's a chance you might play with no problems. But sometimes shit happens, right? So just play, and if someone screws up, just laugh and let it go. What else can you do? Getting pissed won't help... the mistakes will still be there, and you're bound to make more, worse ones if you're concentrating on past errors.


BUT.. after the gig...

If you guys made a lot of big mistakes, tell the others that you don't want to play another show like that again and that YOU won't play another show unless you're totally confident that mistakes will be minimal. Everyone has brain farts from time to time, but lots of big mistakes are just unacceptable. Yeah, I'm recommending that you take a stand. If they're not willing to work harder to make less mistakes, you might be in the wrong band, because this is obviously important to you. As it should be.



"To fight and conquer in all your battles is not supreme excellence; supreme excellence consists of breaking the enemy's resistance without fighting."

--Sun Tzu

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Great CMDN - tell a guy whose handle is chewstermaniac to bite me...just what I needed.


My thoughts are to join Addix and CMDN's ideas.


Addix - play the show the best you can for the audience.


CMDN - don't do it again until a better commitment is demonstrated at band practice.


I wouldn't drown your sorrows - it will definitely make things worse. Lugging gear after a dissapointing performance with a load on is no fun (or so I hear).


Who knows? Some "higher level" band may be in the audience and offer you a gig because you are able to rise above your mates.


Keep your head, your pride, and your sense of humor up :thu:




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Be practical as well as generous in your ideals. Keep your eyes on the stars and keep your feet on the ground. - Theodore Roosevelt

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Thanks guys. I've got a pretty good atitude, and I do my best to keep my frustrations out of the performance. I'll always smile and laugh when I make an audible error, and likewise when my mates do the same.


I think its just the level at which they wish to play, its almost more like a hobby (which is fine, to have a musical hobby). I've no desire to be famous or well paid, I just want to do my best always. I realize that mistakes happen, hell, i've made my fair share! perhaps this project just isn't suited to what my personal needs. Oh well, I'll have blast anyway (and stay off the hooch!)


Say, a 'lil Tom on the 'barbe anyone?

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Just remember that unless you're playing a dance for the music department at the local college, there are not many musicians in the crowd, and they will not hear all the mistakes that you hear. They might even think you RAWK. So don't make the mistake of taking yourself more seriously than they do. Just have fun.

"I had to have something, and it wasn't there. I couldn't go down the street and buy it, so I built it."


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