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Re: Mac's Music Project Thread
« Reply #15 on: February 01, 2015, 01:59:32 pm »
Good luck with the audition.  :) At least this one isn't out in the middle of nowhere.
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« Reply #16 on: February 10, 2015, 08:25:42 pm »
Crossing my fingers... I have tow differnt auditions coming up. A 4-5 piece band with female singer, doing classic rock tomorrow night. I have yet to talk to anybody. Only emails. So weird.

Another audition with a female lead doing classic rock and pop and dre cording some original music. The guy I tlaked to was cool and I like his ideas of gigs and venues, and time schedule.

Any of this could go any which way. I worry mostly about how my kit will sound.
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« Reply #17 on: February 10, 2015, 08:27:27 pm »
Dude, you're gonna f*cking kill it at your audition! I have faith in you bro!
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« Reply #18 on: February 10, 2015, 08:33:51 pm »
Thanks.

I just retread what I wrote and have major finger issues. Typing on the iPad sucks.
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« Reply #19 on: February 11, 2015, 08:08:41 pm »
Well, i finally got to audition. It was ok. I definitely fretted over it too much. Threshold band was a nice group of folks. Guitarist was super quiet. Bass player had an extremely dry humor about him.  The woman singer was nice and sang well.

The audition was way unbalanced in sound. Guitarist got loud at times. I really didn't hear much of the bass player. He was sitting in front of his own speaker. The singer was a little too quiet. She should have turned up. I plugged directly into their mixing board. My levels were ok. In hind sight I should have brought in Tony's PA.

 I played well.  I did fret before hand and practiced what I could. I was prepared. I delivered, I think.

Funny thing. The first song was Gel. I'm going to nail this. Half way into the song, I lose the snare. No sound. Come to find out, I didn't have the connector all the way in. D'oh!!!
I played without a snare dammit.

The rest of the songs go well, but as I said, I thought the kit sounded lame.

They told me "good job". And we know that could mean nice little pat on the head... Or they liked me. I couldn't tell. As I was packing up, the next audition guy was a huge, huge man. Kinda looked like Paul Sr. from American Chopper. His breath smelled of heavy smoke. Kinda wished I stayed and heard. Not sure that's a good idea.

The band is going through heavy changes. They lost their keyboard player to bad, bad health. The guitarist just lost his job. And their drummer was done.

That's all I got. I'm glad I experienced it. I don't think they are what I'm looking for. The song selection was fun, but unfocused. They are all over the place, chaotic, and not seeing the overall entertainment direction. I might be to harsh I judgement. I just didn't get a warm fuzzy feeling. Then again I might not be even considered... Too much ego?

I might have another audition Sunday. We'll see.
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« Reply #20 on: February 11, 2015, 08:24:50 pm »
I love getting to read about your music endeavors. The more you get out there and audition or just playing with other players for the sake of playing, you are going to find that it becomes easier and easier and you will 'fret' less and less with each one. When that happens, I think your outlook will change, especially your playing. I don't know if you're playing tight and how would I. But I do know that when I've gone out and been in the same situation, my playing was handcuffed. But as soon as it became second nature, I just felt more at ease which only helped my playing.
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« Reply #21 on: February 12, 2015, 03:48:17 am »
You're right. I've discovered, doing anything with 'confidence' makes my life easier and fun.
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Re: Mac's Music Project Thread
« Reply #22 on: March 01, 2015, 10:13:22 am »
I find Benny Greb's ideas on Musicality great advice. I've been kind of thinking what he says out loud... I just didn't know it.

Benny Greb on Improvising & Musicality
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« Reply #23 on: March 08, 2015, 02:39:34 pm »
I've got some good news. It's official. I'm part of a band. After about a month of auditioning and waiting, the band informed me I'm with them. I didn't want to say anything until I found out for sure.

I'm pretty excited. I like all the folks. I like the music, but I especially like the direction. The band is called Sunset Park and that does sound like it reflects the sound of the band. It's classic rock and pop.  Lot's of dancing music to get the people out.

I think some bar work is in the plan but it's gonna be more outdoor venues, maybe weddings, and special engagements.

It's a guy and his female friend starting the band. She wants to sing lead about half the time and back up. We have a bass player about my age that's been doing this for awhile. A younger guitarist with interest in altenative and jazz material. He seems to be good with the material we have. A sax player who I have worked next to at Boeing. Nice guy and like what he can bring to the band. And just introduced the other guitarist who will mostly do rhythm and he sings (high) as well.

I might be jumping the gun about my enthusiasm, but I excited and hoping for the best.
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« Reply #24 on: March 08, 2015, 02:47:50 pm »
That's awesome Mac! Very happy for you!! Hey, if you guys videotape your performances (live gigs or rehearsals) and upload them to YouTube, please send them my way or better yet, post 'em here.
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Re: Mac's Music Project Thread
« Reply #25 on: March 08, 2015, 02:52:32 pm »
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« Reply #26 on: May 05, 2015, 10:00:52 am »
So the new band is starting off very slowly. Vacations, illness's, death (singer's father passed), and auditioning musicians. It's coming along. Just auditioned a keyboard player. We threw 12 songs at him and he did fantastic. Great personality too. He currently has a band and looking to do something else. Not sure we are what he wants. By the way, the songs, we finally did them front to back, with the keyboards and I have to say it sounded good. Real good.

Anyway, discussion on the drum forums and I've been thinking about getting some new equipment. The Alesis Sample Pad Pro. Watching this video, most of ad is not what I would use it for. I'm looking for loops, some sample tracks, etc. The price is not bad ($299), far less than Roland's SPD-SX ($799). I'm just not sure how much I need it or will use it. I guess if I have some extra dough, I might get it.

I'm still flip flopping with getting a bigger and better Electronic kit or going acoustic. Man, this is such a hard decision. I need to sit behind both to get a better perspective on what I need and want.

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« Reply #27 on: May 05, 2015, 11:03:31 pm »
Don't you have any music stores that offer rentals? We have them here and you can rent the equipments (PA Systems, Guitars and most importantly Kits). I think this would be a great way to demo either options and use them in a real world environment and see what each has to offer. This way you will get a better idea of what they can and can't do before shelling out the bucks. It's one thing to try them out in a store, but it's another thing to actually try them out with a band under your own terms and for the duration of the rental. Nothing worse than trying them out in a store and only having a few minutes to play before you start getting the evil eye from one of the employees that wishes you just just buy the f*cking thing already.  Just food for thought.
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« Reply #28 on: May 06, 2015, 03:44:52 am »
I'll check it out. I know we have just one real drum store, and it's just a small, but crammed to the rafters place. I don't recall any kits set up to try. We have guitar center too.
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Re: Mac's Music Project Thread
« Reply #29 on: June 17, 2015, 09:59:10 am »
Things are still progressing at a snails pace. Still trying to find another singer (male).

We are tentatively penciled in for a private part June 27th. Small informal set we can get a kick off and figure out some sound concerns.
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