How I got through my gig today

BillRayDrums

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So I just finished a weeklong stretch at a casino in San Diego County, playing with a blues band that for 4 days had a substitute keyboard player who constantly played off-key and a stand-in bassist that was good, but unfamiliar with the tunes for two of those days.

Ugh....this is how I dealt with the situation:

I saw their constant blunders as spiky terrain, and I visualized myself as a layer of grease that covered everything up and filled in the gaps to create a smooth surface.

We actually got compliments. I'm SO GLAD I got paid, and I got the hell out of there. :)
 

dave lynch

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Yeah Billy I've been there before...Even when I was the dude sitttin in that didn't know the tunes..lol ..I could only do the same thing and be agressive, meaning just lay it down and it will work-out somehow someway...Oh and yeah, still will get paid and folks were happy..Don't you luv it when it's all over and you're driving home knowing that you made it through ?
 

dave lynch

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iatemygoat":3jl6tixk said:
you could have played all by yourself and gotten paid, you the man Billy Ray!!!!
yeah..just kick em off stage and solo for the night..I woulda hung out..LOL
 

BillRayDrums

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Part II....just got in from another gig today at a very popular place in Pacific Beach, Ca. with a band "40oz to Freedom", a Sublime cover bands that contains members of a band I was on the road with last year (Tubby).

First off, I don't know Sublime's music. I had 20 tunes to learn. Got the disc yesterday, and kind of narrowed down the tunes into two categories- slow and fast tunes. From there I kind of picked out the hardest ones and wrote very marginal notes. Somehow, I made it through the evening.

And yes, Sinister.....$$$$. That's what else I thought about.

I'm off to sleep now. The weekend has not even begun yet....
 

SmellsLikeIan

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I can't stand casino gigs. We played one once where there was a sign backstage that said, "you are background music, not a concert. Keep the volume low."

The money is always good, though.

I also know what you mean about playing with fill in players who don't know the material. We had a substitute guitar player for 2 shows a while back that played a constant solo, over the verses and vocal lines of every song, even ballads. And he supposedly had 30+ years of "professional" experience. What a joke. He knew several weeks in advance and had the material to learn with. He just thought he could "wing it" but apparently he wasn't capable.
 

FiestyRedDrummEr

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Thats a drummers life, getting called into a gig about a day before it happens....
*sigh*
I still love it.
And yeah I have had some of those gigs with people that just...shouldn't be there, or they just...don't know what they are doing...they still try though :)
Hopefully they will take it as much of a learning experince as you. and try to correct some of the intonation. But you know... Most people don't really now what they are hearing anyway, they are just there to socialize. So as long as it doesn't sound like an animal dying, then your okay.
I mean, have you heard Alieatronic music?!
 

kErmit vOn zOmbie

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Living the dream Billy Ray, your living the Dream!!!! Now cash that check and get the hell outta dodge!!! Much as a love a well oiled performance, I like the freshness of rocky territory and the unknown. It's much more fun to work without a net!!!!!
 

Mr.Smash

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FiestyRedDrummEr":2lvm7w44 said:
Thats a drummers life, getting called into a gig about a day before it happens....
*sigh*
I still love it.
And yeah I have had some of those gigs with people that just...shouldn't be there, or they just...don't know what they are doing...they still try though :)
Hopefully they will take it as much of a learning experince as you. and try to correct some of the intonation. But you know... Most people don't really now what they are hearing anyway, they are just there to socialize. So as long as it doesn't sound like an animal dying, then your okay.
I mean, have you heard Alieatronic music?!
I have a show on Friday... I didn't find out until today... funny story. Ok so! maybe a month or so ago we were talking with this one dude through myspace and he asked us if we wanted a show (didn't give any details or anything). of course we said yes, we love playing shows (like everyone I hope). The guy doesn't get back to us, even after we message him a few times. So we just forgot about it. Yesterday my guitarist found a flyer... and guess what!?! apparently we are playing at "The Registry" In KW Ontario. He got in contact with the venue today to confirm to make sure that it is in fact our band playing and to figure out how we ended up in this show. lol. What ever at least we found out about it before it was to late. :p
 

BillRayDrums

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Tonight was a nightmare. Without going into too much fine print, it was a girl's 21st birthday. There was lots of alcohol, lots of testosterone, and BAM a fight broke out. We got to leave early! Yay!!! I also got paid well. :)
 

SGarrett

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BillRayDrums":3hd6b1vn said:
Tonight was a nightmare. Without going into too much fine print, it was a girl's 21st birthday. There was lots of alcohol, lots of testosterone, and BAM a fight broke out. We got to leave early! Yay!!! I also got paid well. :)
Sounds like a great night to me. You got free entertainment and got to leave work early without being docked any pay. :lol:
 

TheYardstick

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To make sure I don't mess up a show as a substitute, I always make sure I have the songs down to the best of my ability, I practice them literally for hours on end so i can get it just right, hope I never end up in your situation Billy.
 

FiestyRedDrummEr

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BillRayDrums":1rd3g1fc said:
Tonight was a nightmare. Without going into too much fine print, it was a girl's 21st birthday. There was lots of alcohol, lots of testosterone, and BAM a fight broke out. We got to leave early! Yay!!! I also got paid well. :)
my kinda night.
 

BillRayDrums

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TheYardstick":3p3zo5px said:
To make sure I don't mess up a show as a substitute, I always make sure I have the songs down to the best of my ability, I practice them literally for hours on end so i can get it just right, hope I never end up in your situation Billy.
That's great that you pay such attention to detail. However, your reply sparks a big red flag that you can't see coming- Assuming when you learn a tune, you learn it "as the record". That's commendable, but most situations that I'm involved in or have been involved in rarely play something verbatim. There will always be a variable to some degree. So when you do practice, don't think so much about the "drum part" , but rather the form of the tune. You know, verse, Chorus, Verse, Chorus, Bridge, etc. Doing it that way will save you from feeling disappointment.

OK I'm going to bed. I earned my sleep this week.
 

SGarrett

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BillRayDrums":18je87oz said:
TheYardstick":18je87oz said:
To make sure I don't mess up a show as a substitute, I always make sure I have the songs down to the best of my ability, I practice them literally for hours on end so i can get it just right, hope I never end up in your situation Billy.
That's great that you pay such attention to detail. However, your reply sparks a big red flag that you can't see coming- Assuming when you learn a tune, you learn it "as the record". That's commendable, but most situations that I'm involved in or have been involved in rarely play something verbatim. There will always be a variable to some degree. So when you do practice, don't think so much about the "drum part" , but rather the form of the tune. You know, verse, Chorus, Verse, Chorus, Bridge, etc. Doing it that way will save you from feeling disappointment.

OK I'm going to bed. I earned my sleep this week.
I've been there. I had a four hour gig at a casino a few months back only had two days to learn a shitload of songs. When I got there not only had the bassist changed, more than half of the music changed. I was playing songs I'd never even heard.
 

FelterSkelter

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I've done about 6 or 7 gigs since June with this band. I've only had 2 rehearsals with the same band. They throw songs at me the day of the show (sometimes right on stage) and somehow we always make it through. The best part is when the gig is done and people are enthusiatic to tell you how great it was, especially when you have those one or two times during the show where you think you flubbed something (but no one notices). No better payment than that (US dollars take a close second).
 
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