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  1. Lol! Posh! Well, I recently moved there from Alnwick. Have I gone up or downmarket?
  2. I'm in Morpeth, have asked to join FB group, great idea!
  3. Just bought a EH big muff pedal from gear4music last week, excellent quick service.
  4. Saw them in Newcastle, excellent gig. Sound was tremendous, I thought the material from the new album sounded much better live than on cd! Didn't miss the growling vocals at all! POS were pretty good too.
  5. Gotta agree with the above, I watched this and was pretty unmoved by it, compared to the earlier days with Chaz. A lot of the material IMO no where near as strong as on New Boots.
  6. Lol! I really love DT, everything they have ever done. Especially with Jordan in the band. Gotta laugh at some of the above ^ comments about him. Everyone entitled to their opinion, but there is just no way you can criticise his talent, just no way! I have seen them live countless times and he is a truly amazing musician.
  7. I have one! The Sunburst version. I love it and have gigged with it quite a bit, using a 5 string Spector at the moment (for gigging), so it doesn't get quite as much use, but still love it! Saw Rush on saturday night, amazing!
  8. [quote name='Norm' post='1214725' date='Apr 29 2011, 11:23 AM']Seeing singers with a lyric sheet on a stand or even holding a book (worse!) always used to get my goat until I had to take over lead vocal duties to keep a band going. I was of the same opinion as you bottlebassman, I've learnt the basslines why can't they learn the lyrics? I still struggle to remember words to 30 odd songs in a 2 setter gig. Sometimes I barely look at the book, some songs I get lost & have to read them (different ones no pattern to it). Yeah, its a crutch as somebody earlier suggested, I know but I don't get stressed about it. I just keep the book low on a cut down stand like a monitor, have large clear print & a little clip on light for dark stages. I've noticed more pro's using lyric sheets, Robert Plant for example on his electric prom gig, Michael Stipe sometimes too. Keep it low & people don't notice it so much. Other general comments to Jambo10. Agree with lots of the comments above, 1. Light from above, front side rather than rear where poss. Difficult at some venues i know. 2. Get yer heads up, look at the audience, smile, interact with the rest of the band, look like you are enjoying yourselves. 3. Backing vox & harmonys lift songs. Work on helping singer out on choruses. 4. Material choice, vary pace & tempo of the 1st set, save some slammers for the last few songs. Choose songs you can all do justice to, especially sing. If the singer is struggling it doesn't matter how good the band are. 4. Don't introduce every song, segway some songs together, take it in turns to introduce songs/chat to audience. Share the load & keep it brief. Your band isn't bad at all but could be loads better (like the rest of us too) All the best & good luck, it sounds like you will get there as you are willing to work at it! Cheers, Norm.[/quote] Yeah don't get me wrong our singer uses a music stand for lyrics for some of our songs (particularly the newer stuff we add to the set), I have no problem with that, but not all the songs?
  9. Your singer should be able to learn and remember some of the lyrics surely? After all, you have to learn and remember the bass lines, yeah?
  10. I watched both clips, 2nd one by far the better performance. Not overly keen on singer's voice, but heard much worse! Just think you all need a bit more "presence". I suffer from the same when we play live, Im improving but it ain't easy!
  11. I, along with the rest of my band will be attending the Newcastle gig, can't wait!
  12. Yes! I have it now and am trying to resist the temptation of a new 5 string! Must resist must resist lol!
  13. Aye! Welcome! Im slightly further North of the Tyne! lol!
  14. I saw them at Newcastle a few weeks back, have to agree, fantastic playing by both guys. But it inspires me! Saw King's X last night, wow! what an underrated band!!! Inspired again by Mr.Pinnick who was seriously cool!
  15. Marillion "This train is my life" Perfect for a Sunday afternoon.
  16. A certain romance, by Arctic Monkeys. Just fancied playing it!
  17. I sometimes find my mind just goes blank! Sometimes look at the fretboard and think "I know the next note is one of those two!" A subtle slide from the wrong note usually gets me out of it! lol! I always make some mistakes, just one of those things I guess, working full time, limited amount of time to practice as a band. I think you just gotta enjoy it, thats why we do it. Isn't it?
  18. Shows how clever Geddy Lee must be then eh? I really want to sing and play bass, but it is so hard!
  19. Gig last night at the Royal Tavern in Blyth. 'Twas ok. For some reason I struggled at times last night, had a heavy day at work though, so that may have had an effect. Used 5 string bass for 1st time in a couple of months, played some stuff ok, others, well let's just say I managed some interesting jazz notes!
  20. J.J and The Stranglers are the reason I chose the Bass too. Can't wait to see them at Newcastle in a few weeks!
  21. Another good gig last night, played at the Farriers, Shilbottle. Lots up dancing all night! Some great feedback again!
  22. Played at The Grand in Ashington last night (King for a day), was great, probably our best performance to date. Was busy and crowd were really enthusiastic. Some really nice comments from people afterwards, makes it all worthwhile. Even the 2 Black Country Communion tracks we do went down well, good considering not as well known as a lot of the other covers we play. 2 encores and still they were shouting for more! Good times!
  23. Very sad, not a good week with Gerry and Mick also passing away.
  24. Guy in the OP is superb. Really enjoyed that. Shows me up anyway!
  25. [quote name='Tomikaze' post='1065637' date='Dec 21 2010, 01:30 PM']Hi, I've been lurking on this site for a while and thought you guys might be able to give me some advice. I really like the look of the Squier Vintage modified jazz bass and think I will get myself during the Christmas period. I want to hear about your experiences of the construction of the guitar, specifically how closely the grain is matched in the body. A shop near me has them in stock for £260 but I could get one online for £225 and put the money saved towards an upgraded bridge or pots if I feel it is necessary. I've heard lots of good stuff about this bass but is buying online a safe bet or do you think I should spend the extra cash and check the guitar out properly? Thanks in advance.[/quote] I recently bought the fretless version of this, I am very happy with it, for the money they seem a very good buy.
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