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  1. 25 minutes ago, theplumber said:

    Currently ACS Pacato but also have some off amazon called Hearprotek..Anything with pro in it must be good lol and Docs pro plug which I like then lost one...

    Have a look at this... well worth a punt. Mine are superb. You don't have to be a pro musician to be eligible.


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  2. My custom moulded plugs are probably the best money I have ever spent. I put mine in before soundcheck last night and didn't take them out again until we started tearing down afterwards. I didn't realise how loud the ambient noise in the pub was until I took them out! What sort of plugs are you using, @theplumber?


    EDIT: definitely the best money I have ever spent.

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  3. TBH I thought it was pretty obvious that I didn't really mean exactly a tenner and that it was a figure of speech to denote 'an amount of cash', rather than an actual maths failure. I will rephrase my original statement. 

    "Going out as a 4 is fine if you can't make it, but to leave you out simply to get an indeterminate sum of money more each? All it says is that you personally are less important to them than an extra indeterminate sum of money, and that is outrageous."

    I hope that clarifies things.

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  4. 28 minutes ago, Merton said:

    It’s a complicated thing to explain properly - in a nutshell it’s a rock band for kids and they have set themselves up to do duo (keys or guitar and vocals) or full band, so the four-piece without bass has just become a natural progression from there.

    And yes it does make me feel a little like a spare part!

    Going out as a 4 is fine if you can't make it, but to leave you out simply to get a few quid more each? All it says is that you personally are less important to them than an extra tenner, and that is outrageous. You're a band member, if you're available you should be included for the gig. As Paul said, either split it five ways or don't do it. Sounds like these 'kids' have a lot to learn.

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  5. 1 hour ago, lownote said:

    I'm used to it.  Our drummer does a bit of bass as well and is quite happy to advise me on technique. 'I play it on the open E, you know... like this'.  

    In my ska band, if I can't make a gig Mark the rhythm guitarist takes over bass duties and the normally guitarless frontman does rhythm duties. Interestingly Mark and I never discuss our bass parts and how we approach them - there's no "I play that run differently" or anything. If neither of us can make a gig, it doesn't happen - Mark is the only bass dep they'll use.

  6. 17 hours ago, Merton said:

    I know the feeling. In one of the bands I'm in, if the budget from any potential booking is too tight, they immediately offer themselves out as a four piece without me, with the keys player covering the bass.


    My reaction to that would be "fine, in that case I'll sex & travel and you can play them all as a quartet then". 

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  7. 16 hours ago, skankdelvar said:

    Never held with non-band members coming to rehearsals. One band, the drummer's wife always came along. 


    I was in one band for a while where the keyboard player's ladyfriend came along to every rehearsal. Never said a thing, just sat there nursing a drink. After a few weeks I mentioned to him the fact that she didn't say much. "Oh yeah," he said, "she's Dutch, her English is non existent." Turned out he had, errm, obtained her services one night in Amsterdam and got on quite well, so she came home with him.

    Yes, he was a bit weird. :lol: 

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  8. 24 minutes ago, peteb said:


    I wasn't in the room so I don't know exactly what happened. But then again, I've been in rehearsal rooms where far worse than that has happened and everyone managed to stay friends afterwards. 


    Peter has said that he generally gets on with the guitar player apart from this issue, so just sort out this issue. 


    I can't speak for Pete, and no I wasn't there either. Maybe you're a bit easier-going than me, or a bit more patient. I dunno.
    I'm lucky, I haven't been in rehearsal rooms where that or worse happened, but I'd only be in there once. Like I said, life's too short.

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  9. 1 hour ago, peteb said:

    There is no point in running away from a band every time you have a minor issue, or you will never get anywhere. Better to sort out a way of dealing with those issues. 


    I would venture that a bandmate who loses his temper, to the extent that he has to be taken outside to calm down, is NOT a minor issue. I'm happy to 'deal with' many things, but that? Nah. 

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  10. Feel, my árse (that's a statement, not a request :lol: )
    I've got to that don't-suffer-fools, "life is too short to..." age. In this case, life is far too short to tread lightly around people with anger issues, especially if that anger stems from having their inability to show the most basic musical competence pointed out to them. PiIIocks like him just make me cross. If he can't or won't calm the feck down, stop blethering about 'feel', get his head round sticking to a song structure and stop hamstringing the band, the only logical course is either to bin him or, if the band won't show him the door, walk. 

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  11. 3 hours ago, ead said:

    So the absolute key test is now:  Is S-1>n+1, could also be expressed as is S>n+2

    I just had a flashback to my O level maths classes at school, and the teacher who had breath so bad it probably contravened several articles of the Geneva Convention. 

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