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  1. [quote name='pbass67' post='920230' date='Aug 10 2010, 12:34 AM']Hi OG Do you fancy babysitting the Eko for a few days if Wayne fancies that cuppa ?[/quote] PM'd
  2. [quote name='waynepunkdude' post='920178' date='Aug 9 2010, 11:01 PM']I'm in Cardiff on Friday, Carmarthen on Saturday and Swindon on Sunday[/quote] Drop in for a cuppa mate?
  3. [quote name='thisnameistaken' post='919317' date='Aug 9 2010, 09:53 AM']Yeah you're right, just wondering how that's going to work though. It'll be tricky because of course both my hands are going to be busy but I also sing, so I can't keep the thing in my mouth either. Drummer will manage it but I won't. Maybe he should play it on his own, it would suit him actually. [/quote] No one will notice of you stop slappin' it and hold a note for a bar or two whilst you whip it out. You're just the bass player, after all or employ a nubile roadie to hold it in their cleavage ready.
  4. [quote name='thisnameistaken' post='919284' date='Aug 9 2010, 09:00 AM']I didn't know Mark Kermode was a bass player, or that he could play harmonica at the same time, that's ace. We're doing an "unplugged" thing next week and we've got a couple of songs with brass parts that will be missed, I'm just trying to come up with ways to cover some of them. Our singer does have a harmonica, don't know what key it's in though...[/quote] Kazoo's funnier. Get one each for everyone in the band. Don't bother with the holder then the moment when you whip them out of your pockets for the horn parts will be a surprise and more entertaining. If it's there on a holder everyone will be ahead of you and it will have less impact. We play some stuff that traditionally has horn parts and sometimes we just sing them, or shout them in tune, really. It's a bit like a coach full of blokes might do .. Or the kazoos come out... That raises a smile too...
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  6. [quote name='JTUK' post='918468' date='Aug 8 2010, 12:57 AM']Put your time in if you like, but I'd see what 20 gigs would pay you before I'd go too far.[/quote] and there are many reasons to play dep gigs with bands. Money is only one of them.
  7. [quote name='JTUK' post='919135' date='Aug 8 2010, 10:47 PM']And the problem of interpretation would be...?? It is not a case of not being able to play the reference it is more about sounding the same as every other band. Not even the original band themselves would play as per record. If you can't eake something out of a live performance that takes the music somewhere, then why bother. The listener might just as well put on the CD. And I seriously doubt that most cover bands have the ability to ape more than an average decent track in the first place.. the vocal keys are all over the place so the reference is changed straight away, for a start. I could go on but if you can't bring something useful to the party, you may as well be a disco. Nothing worse than hearing same old, same old...IMO.[/quote] Bit of a derail, JTUK.... However, It's up to the band and many, many players don't have the skill to take a tune and create an version or interpretation which is as "good" as the original. Nor do they want to. Close covers are popular in many places where they audience doesn't want to be challenged by versions or adaptations. IMV that kind of audience would rather hear a DJ play record than an average band's average version of popular songs. Close to the record is ideal and at least they are watching a live band rather than listening to a record.
  8. [quote name='Marvin' post='918996' date='Aug 8 2010, 08:01 PM']The live music at the main theatre near me, is almost entirely dominated by tribute acts. I'm not against tribute acts, all a good mix, my criticism would be of the theatre for not varying the acts they book.[/quote] They probably want a full house of people with enough money to pay theatre prices and buy theatre price drinks in the interval. Don't get that with random pub covers bands and orginals. or do you mean they should book a more varied selection of tribute bands?
  9. [quote name='Jam' post='918479' date='Aug 8 2010, 01:20 AM']I bought a bass from Ishibashi when I lived in Japan, excellent service. If anyone has any questions or things that they fancy translating PM me, am a Japanese speaker/freelance translator.[/quote] Oh I'd hate it of a real English speaker translated their descriptions accurately. Take half the fun out of it. The u-box sales people speak English pretty well (some better than others) so if you fancy something just drop them an email. Maybe they will allow new sales too if the Japanese economy continues to flounder ...
  10. Thanks for the replies. You should have been contacted by the guys. They are still looking for othe possibles though ... PM your details and I'll pass them on.
  11. [quote name='pete.young' post='918747' date='Aug 8 2010, 02:08 PM']Dunno, but an alternative is to attach it to yourself instead, using a harmonica holder.[/quote] +1 That's what Mark Kermode does for his harmonicas in the Dodge Brothers,
  12. [quote name='thisnameistaken' post='918500' date='Aug 8 2010, 02:48 AM']Tricky one. During soundcheck the two backing vox (me and drummer) were asking for more level in the monitors. Sound guy said he wasn't getting enough level from us on stage. Sound guy then asked drummer to get closer to the mic and belt it out, drummer said "No". Sound guy came on stage and demonstrated how loud he wanted drummer to sing, drummer said "No, I don't sing that loud". Then the sound guy tells me I'm not loud enough, I tell him his gear is f***ed and I am f***ing yelling into his mic. He says I need to yell more. I check my mic with a couple of lines from Pressure Drop, but it goes "It is you, you, you / your mics are sh*t". I make the point that the lead singer of the headline band literally f***ing mumbles through every song and I could hear him fine during their soundcheck. Singer of headline band helpfully nods in agreement. An hour later the sound guy is telling me how the venue won't let him replace all the f***ed gear because they're about to have a refurb, and that he didn't think he would even have enough cables to do the gig. I asked him why he told me and the drummer that we were the problem when he knew his gear was all f***ed. He didn't have an answer for it. We did the gig, nobody heard the backing vocals, which is probably for the best because we couldn't hear our vocals in our monitors either. Apparently everything else sounded alright. We won't play there again.[/quote] Worth getting your own mic, I reckon. I just upgraded to a used Beta58 that I got for £50. Very nice and better than a normal 58 but still as tough..
  13. [quote name='Annoying Twit' post='917484' date='Aug 6 2010, 10:01 PM']Previously the "Unwated" Squier VMJ was £265BIN. [url="http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Unwated-Jazz-Bass-/170518133400?cmd=ViewItem&pt=UK_Musical_Instruments_Guitars_CV&hash=item27b3ac3a98"]http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Unwated-Jazz-Bass-/1...=item27b3ac3a98[/url] And they're £224 new in one of my local shops.[/quote] I've explained this to him. He still thinks it's worth what mum paid for it 'cos he's not played it ... Can't help some people ....
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  15. Just go to a gig or two and record the sets with a Zoom h2 or something like that. Put it somewhere near the bass cab and you'll know all you need to know about how they start, end and play the tunes.
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