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What is your warmup song???

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by vrussell, Jan 24, 2014.


  1. vrussell

    vrussell

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    Every time i do a sound check i like to play a song. I feel its give the sound guy a good feel of what i sound like and he/she can make me sound better. So what are your warmup songs?

    my top 3 warmup songs:
    Fire -jimi hendrix
    locked out of heaven - bruno mars
    to young to die- jamiroquai
     
  2. dwjazz54

    dwjazz54

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    A little bit of Ian Dury and the Blockheads "Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick" to get the fingers warmed up.

    The melody of Charles Mingus' "Goodbye Pork Pie Hat" to make sure the upper register still sounds good.

    Our version of "Love Buzz" to check the pick and octave sounds.
     
  3. Woodchuck

    Woodchuck

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    Gallien Krueger for the last 12 years!
    Don't know if this is the right section, but mine are:

    Jungle Boogie - Kool and the Gang

    Starchild & High Times - Jamiroquai

    Carry On My Wayward Son - Kansas
     
  4. PersonalTraynor

    PersonalTraynor

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    I warm up to "Alice the camel"
    and "Bingo was his name o"
    Lots of fun!
     
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  6. Runnerman

    Runnerman Registered Bass Player Supporting Member

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    For warm up I start with a couple scales and then I usually play various sections of some of our originals with long reaches and fast runs which need to be in time with the guitar. I try to play any solos that are in the set list. I also often play the chorus of Fire because it's in our setlist a lot of times and has some dexterity and rhythm challenges. I will mentally try to get into a groove place as well. Never a full song. Save that for the soundcheck.
     
  7. Runnerman

    Runnerman Registered Bass Player Supporting Member

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    Another thought. There is a tendency to just noodle and play your favorite licks or patterns. I try to force myself out of that mode and be deliberate about what I do. It's also confidence building to play the hardest parts perfectly before going on stage.
     
  8. dadofsix

    dadofsix

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    Schism by Tool. I'm now playing in what is roughly described as a "country band" but, every now and then, somebody's head will snap towards the stage in recognition of the tune. lol
     
  9. Vcell

    Vcell

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    • Sir Duke
    • Lessons In Love
    • 12 bar walking blues in Bb

    These give my sound techs a chance the hear my entire fretboard, different styles of playing, and different levels of attack.
     
  10. Mktrat

    Mktrat Wait. What?

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    Southbound Pachyderm

    Drives my guitar players nuts! They don't understand the genius of Claypool though.
     
  11. F-Clef-Jef

    F-Clef-Jef

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    I slowly play chromatically up from the low E so that the sound guy can listen for any resonances in the room and take care of EQ'ing them before we start playing. I'll listen for any strong resonances and see if I can help him tweak them out. Once the bass is EQ'd, the drummer and I will play a little funk groove for a few bars so the soundman can get our levels evened out.
    I know that sounds boring, but that is what a soundcheck is really for.
     
  12. Treadstone71

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    Typically we launch into "What I Like About You" by the Romantics. Very basic E-A-D-A progression, but gives the sound guy a taste of how loud we'll play.

    It also gets us all fired up, so it's more of a group energy warm-up than a straight technical warm-up.

    There's also something wonderful about watching everyone in the club dancing even during your sound-check.
     
  13. ToonD

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    Every soundcheck I do is the riff from La Bamba. The guys hate it, it's perfect.

    Oh by the way, I'm 19 and we're a postrock/indie band.
     
  14. Fair Warning

    Fair Warning Deliverin' the Goods! Supporting Member

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    Bassicaly - Geezer Butler
     
  15. vrussell

    vrussell

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    That actually is not a bad idea playing chromatically. I might try that. :)
     
  16. vrussell

    vrussell

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    hey i play at a church no judgement here :D
     
  17. iriegnome

    iriegnome Bassstar style Supporting Member

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    For about 9 years my band used US Blues (Grateful Dead) for our sound check tune. Gave all 4 lead vocals and guitar leads throughout. The last 5 years now we have used The Weight (Dead version) for sound checks. It has all the lead vocals, harmonie's staggerd vocals, lead guitar's a nice bass part and plenty of drums to fill out the sound check.
     
  18. vrussell

    vrussell

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    +1
    i love it when i play fire and you get that "oh yea" look from people.
     
  19. Mark Nye

    Mark Nye

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    Depending on the gig, I soundcheck with...

    Clean: last walking riff from Rush's "Spirit of Radio"
    Dirty: main riff from Rush's "Cygnus X-1"
    Rolled off: Stevie Wonder's "I Wish"
     
  20. ghostfather

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    fugazi - shut the door
    jane's addiction - mountain song
    the cure - a forest
    hoover - electrolux
     
  21. BurningSkies

    BurningSkies CRAZY BALDHEAD Supporting Member

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    Throw Mi Corn riddim always warms up my fingers as does Heavenless riddim played uptempo.
     

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