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Re: Mac's Music Project Thread
« Reply #45 on: January 11, 2016, 11:28:25 am »
Things are not going as expected. Iím realizing we have been together over a year and only 21 songs fully learned. No chance of gigging anytime soon.

Iím seriously thinking of calling it.

Iíve started conversations that we need to set a date and get our butts in gear. Iím not doing Basement Hell this summer.

Iíve also given a heads up with the guitarist. Heís interested too in bailing and maybe we can start something.

Iím just thoroughly frustrated with the bands, progress, lack of progress. The leaders are focused on getting a keyboard player. This is not going well and stagnating the band.
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« Reply #46 on: January 11, 2016, 11:52:20 am »
From what I've heard from you over the course of a year, most of your band-mates are just procrastinator's. This is how I'm reading it. If they are not even willing to make an actual effort to get out their and gig, it's never going to go anywhere. Also, 21 songs over a year is pretty light on a Set List. If your Guitar Player is serious, I would definitely break ranks, start recruiting and do this sh*t right. I understand that you came into this "band" and are not going to be able to call the shots as you see fit. Start another band and you will be able to steer this in the direction you want to go and see results a lot faster. The fact that they are "focusing on a keyboard player" is just another way of procrastinating IMO. Just my 2 cents.
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Re: Mac's Music Project Thread
« Reply #47 on: January 11, 2016, 12:12:40 pm »
21 songs is ridiculous. Thinking about it now, a minimum of one new song a rehersal. That's 50 songs. We should have 100 songs ready to go and perform what's appropriate for the audience.

Ya, it could be procrastination. IMO, they are thinking linearly. The grand plan has to come together, then look for gigs. Well, ya, the 100% will always be out of reach.

What Iím also getting upset about too is the players are not coming to practice prepared. Itís not at rehearsal where you first perform the song. Practice at home, then come and do it right. Like one of the other drummers said. Theyíre covers. The plan is laid out already. Practice and be ready to perform.
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« Reply #48 on: January 11, 2016, 12:21:52 pm »
To put the 21 into perspective, I've already got 50 songs in my back pocket after just a couple of months on Rocksmith. Maybe they should be using that as motivation or something. I know everyone is sick of me talking about Rocksmith, but hear me out. I talk with a lot of other guitar and bass players that are currently in their own bands and they actually use Rocksmith to learn the parts at greater speed and then go live with their bands. Just something to chew on for a bit. Rather than learning the old and tired way, this is taking it a step further. I wish I had this when I first started out.
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« Reply #49 on: January 11, 2016, 03:34:36 pm »
Sounds like a real reasonable alternative to learning the song.

Now the vocals need to step up to the plate too. Out of last nights rehearsal, the male singer completed 3. The others he was stumbling through. I would think of all the band members, singing ya could anywhere and often.

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« Reply #50 on: February 06, 2016, 02:55:29 pm »
It's done. I resigned last weekend. I'm not proud of it, but it is quite the weight off my shoulders. I was losing sleep on making a decision. it was talking to the guitarist and Bass player that solidified my thinking.

I like everyone in the band, so getting together with them was nice. It was the 'business' part that was not making sense and I just saw this infinite void. Getting to actually gig, type of performance, perfectionism and song choices all eating at me. My wife and I often go out and see local bands at the restaurants and it's a blast. These other bands can simply entertain. Why is my band so complex? Believe me, I worked hard with that band. I knew my stuff for each rehearsal, first there, last to leave. But all the business and lack of business was a deal breaker. Just playing for fun endlessly was not what I wanted.

So, it was going on 3 years now, with 2 different bands, nothing but rehearsals. Admittedly I was new (after 25+ Years) with the first band. More comfortable with the second. So it didn't take as long (well, as you all now know, way to long) to figure out going nowhere fast.

My take away is first, not to repeat my past mistakes and float in rehearsal hell. 2nd, understand or make a plan and make sure those I connect with are on the same page.

The guitarist and I have started preliminary talks about other ventures. He's interested in working with me and we both agree we need to have a heart to heart on our goals, expectations, etc.

Regardless if it works with him, or others, I'm willing to roll up my sleeves and make things happen.
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« Reply #51 on: February 06, 2016, 03:29:08 pm »
Before coming into this thread, I suspected this was going to have the outcome you just outlined. Sorry it didn't work out for you here. But take comfort that you held up your end. I see great things in the future for you and I think this will be looked back on as a stepping stone to something even better. The fact that your guitar player is open to continuing onward is a good sign that you guys are on the same page. Sh*t man, if I lived in your neck of the woods, I'd jump in and join your band. Stay strong dude, you're gonna find the band you were meant to carry on with.
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Re: Mac's Music Project Thread
« Reply #52 on: February 07, 2016, 05:02:09 am »
Yea, I haven't lost the drive. Haven't thrown my hands in the air.

The guitar player hasn't replied back in a few days. Hope I didn't scare him off.

Anyway, I'll pick up the search in a while.

Thanks for the support.
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Re: Mac's Music Project Thread
« Reply #53 on: March 15, 2016, 01:37:01 pm »
Still in limbo. I still practice quite a bit. The guitarist did reply back saying the band is still going nowhere.

I'm hesitant to go through craiglslist. There is a ton of crap out there. And word from the drummer forums, is hit and miss at best for craigslist. You really need to turn on the BS radar and try to find like minded individuals.
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« Reply #54 on: March 15, 2016, 01:56:47 pm »
I'm still confident everything will come together for you. It just may take a bit longer to get there and that's okay. Better to be sure of your band-mates than rush in only to find out the hard way they suck.
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Re: Mac's Music Project Thread
« Reply #55 on: March 15, 2016, 02:47:18 pm »
Amen brother
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« Reply #56 on: June 08, 2016, 08:33:53 am »
I ran into the Sax Player (Will) the other day. He mentioned some time back, the band had a gig scheduled in June. So I asked if it was possible for me to catch it?

He said, they were supposed to play last weekend, but it got cancelled. But they do have another gig coming up in a couple of weeks at a winery... In Hannibal, MO!!!!

Holy crap, that's 2-1/2 hour drive (one way).

I'm glad I made my decision.
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« Reply #57 on: June 08, 2016, 08:47:14 am »
Cancelled?

Why is it they constantly have issues that keeps them from performing? You did the right thing in bailing when you did because it's clear nothing has changed with them. For all intents and purposes, this is a garage band, not U2 with booking snafu's. They should be chomping at the bit to play live wherever they can and as much as they can. I'm still waiting on the Mac Attack to hit my town though.
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Re: Mac's Music Project Thread
« Reply #58 on: June 08, 2016, 09:25:20 am »
Thanks for the support... I will make an effort to play out there during our whirlwind international tour.

Yea, saw the writing on the wall.

Once I get past my heart follow up discussion with my cardiologist, I intend to put myself out there again. Start or Join a band.

There was an ad about 3 weeks ago for a band desperately needing a drummer. After reviewing it, I realized it was one of the first bands I auditioned for. They were OK... and they didn't choose me. I also notice, they have revolving drummers in the band. Threshold Band. Band site

I decided not to follow up because of the inability to hold onto a drummer or kicking them out, or whatever their issue is.
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« Reply #59 on: June 08, 2016, 09:27:47 am »
And last week, this ad appeared.

Didn't contact him because his ad rambles on. Also, he doesn't want to play current music. To me that's a flag of caution. Why not? Some great stuff out there.
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