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  1. TimR

    Imposter Sydrome

    And the closer to a gig you have to learn that song, the more impossible it is to learn.
  2. TimR

    Imposter Sydrome

    I have no idea whatsoever what your point is. Where have I said that semi pro bands rehearse only to pander to someone’s ego? Endless rehearsals and preparation when the band is already tight and have learned all the tunes is completely pointless musically.
  3. TimR

    Lightbulb joke...

    It’s when any two musicians try to operate in the same region when they aren’t listening to each other. I once played in a band with two guitarists, it was horrendous. Neither of them could agree on who was going to play what and it was just a sonic mush.
  4. TimR

    Imposter Sydrome

    Well, copying songs note for note and playing songs exactly as you have rehearsed hundreds of times is simply playing your instrument using muscle memory. It’s the musical equivalent of riding your bike to work. It’s like the difference between a carpenter and someone who can fit a kitchen. ‘Real’ probably isn’t the right word but certainly there’s a big difference. This thread is evidence of that from replies.
  5. TimR

    Imposter Sydrome

    I think you maybe have completely missed the point of my post. It’s the point where you are playing with other musicians to a high standard with very little preparation (sometimes no prep). And you think how the hell did I get here, you question your ability, and you are expecting to be exposed at any minute. Which is total nonsense, because you have prepared, you’ve been playing for years and been in the same situation more times than you can remember and you’re not a fraud at all. It’s certainly not ‘busking’ through the set. You need good musical skills and experience of playing with lots of different musicians to be able to dep competently. The point of Imposter Syndrome is it’s baseless, you’re not an imposter, you deserve to be there and you should be there, it’s just your own psychology undermining yourself. It could just as easily happen to you after months of rehearsals getting tight and playing many gigs and finding yourself on stage in front of tens of thousands of people at a festival.
  6. TimR

    Lightbulb joke...

    How many sound engineers does it take to change a light bulb? one, two, one, two, two, two. I’ve never heard a keys player who isn’t far too busy with the left hand. There’s a balance to be had.
  7. TimR

    Imposter Sydrome

    @Paul S Good luck. They won’t be expecting too much. Have fun.
  8. TimR

    Imposter Sydrome

    @ianrendall that’s a bit of a downer. You probably don’t want to work with musicians like that. If the band don’t smile when you walk in the room that’s not a good start. For a start you’re covering their derrières.
  9. TimR

    Imposter Sydrome

    I think that’s the point. It’s a syndrome. People at the top of their game forget all those hours of work that have got them where they are and are suddenly left with that feeling of “How the hell did I end up here? Someone is bound to find me out.” With no reason whatsoever to feel like that. Although I suspect no singer ever felt like that.
  10. TimR

    Imposter Sydrome

    Been in the news a bit this week following Michelle Obama’s speech. How many of you guys have been in this situation? I did a dep gig on Saturday night. Was sent the set list, had a brief look through it, met the guitarist and ran through a few numbers. Didn’t seem anything too complex. Turned up to the gig unloaded and set up and then realised I didn’t have a clue what I was doing. Not practiced any of the tunes at home, didn’t know the structure to half the tunes, no ideas of intros or endings. I was screwed. Anyway, felt my way through the gig by using my eyes and ears and smiling a lot. The band thought I was great, the audience thought we were great. We got paid and the band leader was asked for cards. I suppose really that’s what musicians do when they play properly and all this endless rehearsals and preparation with semi-pro bands is mainly just to stoke the singer/guitarists ego. Quite honestly I’d prefer to dep all gigs. Keeps it fresh and reminds me of what a real musician is.
  11. “Not getting lost in the mix” and “chest thumpingly loud” are where the problem lies with bass drum through the PA. most of the bass drum presence is around 120hz, must drummers think it’s around -50hz.
  12. And the drum kit sounds good in the first place. (Proper equipment?)
  13. One thing overlooked here is; what type of music does the drummer listen to outside the band. I played with a rock drummer in a function band. It was a constant battle. He wanted his drum kit to sound a certain way that really didn’t fit with the band. Trying to explain to him that he was a member of the band accompanying the vocals, not the centre of attention for everyone in the audience was impossible. Trying to explain that we couldn’t make his bass drum sound how he wanted because a PA amplifies what you put in and SISO applies, was impossible. Riding in his car was a painful experience as his music was constantly at 11 with all the bass turned up to 11 creating an unlistenable sludge. I sat in a mixing session with him and after an hour the mix was unrecognisable as us and sounded awful. Luckily we ran out of time and left the engineer to sort the mix in his own and he undid all the mess after we had gone. I genuinely think drummers hear things differently to the rest of us. Might be worth finding out what sound he is trying to get and then having the discussion as to whether that sound is possible and if it is how to achieve it or maybe for the drummer to have a rethink about his sound or his position in the band.
  14. TimR

    Is volume killing smaller gigs?

    Yes. Did 3 or 4 gigs with them. It was fun. He played with the band I was in for an outdoor bbq, and was rock solid. Wouldn’t ask him to play indoors for a function band though.
  15. TimR

    Is volume killing smaller gigs?

    I’ve found the best solution for this was to put earplugs in when I pulled up to the practice room, otherwise just being in the room during setting up was painful.
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