Am i the only one here who hates practicing?!?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Trent-35, Dec 7, 2001.

  1. Ok, well maybe "hate" is too strong of a word, but i derive no joy from playing for myself. I only practice so i can be prepared to hopefully do a great job at a gig, and maybe entertain someone. I'm not lazy at all, and i'm usually the most prepared person in the band, but i guess i'm just an "applause junkie" cuz i don't find practice to be a fun thing. It dosen't really bore me per say, i just see it as a chore. I know it's good for me to practice, and the gig i've got now i have to do my homework for it during the week, then we have a full rehersal for it the afternoon of the show. If someone shows up unprepared i will get on their case about it in front of the rest of the band, and i at times lose patience at practice, but i generally try to be good natured about things. I just want it to be as close to "perfect" as possible, and i can't wait for the actual show to begin. I do get frustrated when people get lazy with their music/words at practice. But if i'm in a band that plays the same songs/show every gig, i never even pick my bass up until gig time, and i'll ruth thru sound check as quickly as possible. Bring on the crowd baby is my motto. Anyone else feel like they are more of a "gameday" player?
    I was always the kid in school who could get A's on tests w/o even studying, but wasn't the best as handing in homework. Trent
  2. beermonkey


    Sep 26, 2001
    Seattle, WA
    one day, maybe, you will figure it out.
  3. SuperDuck


    Sep 26, 2000
    I read an article by Jeff Berlin a while ago that basically said that practice is NOT supposed to be fun. You're supposed to work your ass off, and reap the benefits and enjoy yourself at gigtime.

    That's not the way for me, I suppose. I love sitting and playing by myself. Usually I just try and work out new songs that have nothing to do with whatever band I'm playing with. I got into the "I don't have to practice, I know the set list cold" trap, and then realized there's more to music than what my band knows.

    That's not to say that don't like performing. I don't LOVE it. I'm all about having people watch me play, but to this day I'm not sure how to respond to applause. It's kind of embarassing, kind of awkward... something it feels obligatory. Ah well, maybe I'm just not the performer type. Maybe I can get a gig as a studio ace...
  4. Hategear

    Hategear Workin' hard at hardly workin'.

    Apr 6, 2001
    Appleton, Swissconsin
    I don't hate having to practice, but I do hate having to practice songs that we've been playing for ten months and in some cases, that we've been playing for five years! My guitarist is an idiot and has trouble remembering how even the simplest of songs go (many times we've had to help him remember the four chords that go into playing "When I Come Around" by Green Day).

    Someday, I will have a band that I can be proud of...
  5. Brendan


    Jun 18, 2000
    Austin, TX
    I'm ok. I get a little itchy in the trigger finger after a while of no band, but I'm cool with laying down my own groove...
  6. I guess i've unwittingly been one of Mr. Berlins examples.
    Hey SuperDuck, i grew up in Green Bay, and not too far from UWGB. Just past the Eagles Nest was where much of my childhood was spent.
    Actually, i love applause, but it does have an embarrassing effect on me, even more so when someone compliments my work. I find that quite humbling and don't know what to say, i just quietly say thanks. At the same time i get pissed if they don't clap so go figure. Trent
  7. SuperDuck


    Sep 26, 2000
    I wish I could say I knew where the Eagles Nest was. ;) I'm one of those damn FIBs from near Chicago that migrated up to GB to go to school, and my local and state wide knowledge of the geography of WI is poor at best.
  8. kaboom133


    Oct 19, 2001
    Latrobe PA
    I haven't yet had the privalage of playing in front of more than a few people so i don't really have much to compare to, but i live for practice. i'm probably one of the laziest people in the world and i still love to practice. i don't know, maybe my attitude toward the subject will change after we get some larger gigs, but for now, i just love to play. :D
  9. lesfleanut

    lesfleanut Guest

    Sep 25, 2001
    Syracuse N.Y.
    one of these days your going to be just sittin in your room playing by yourself and your going to start playing something that you never thought you would be able to do in a million years. that is the coolest feeling in the whole world(well almost:D ) THAT is the reason i play bass
  10. kaboom133


    Oct 19, 2001
    Latrobe PA
    that just happened to me. i haven't been playing for very long and i never thought that i could play anything by rhcp. the other day i was sitting there playing and i thought that i would try something new. about an hour later, i was playing californication and otherside really good. it's the best feeling ever.
  11. RHCFlea


    Jun 16, 2001
    Washington DC
    you gotta drill, then work on fun stuff. Works for me.
  12. Yeah, i'd say your geograhpy is really bad since the Eagles Nest is about 3 or 4 miles north of UWGB on Nicolet dr(you know the road that runs real close to the bay itself there). Heh
    Man a FIB huh? So who you cheering for this Sunday? Trent
  13. Me and my guitarist quit a band because our drummer just didnt love playing, and you could tell in his playing. Maybe you dont know it, but if you dont love playing, it'll probably be noticable when you're playing infront of people or with a band. To me playing alone is almost as fun as playing with a band, and playing with a band is almost as fun as playing with a band infront of people. My personal opinion is, you should always have a smile on your face when you're playing your instrument, not a fake smile, but one of those smiles where your face hurts afterwards and you try not to smile but you just cant do it. Just my opinion.
  14. frankencow150

    frankencow150 Guest

    Oct 17, 2001
    when i first start on a song it sure does get frusturating.but after awhile once i can play it good it feels good.
  15. My insanely bad (or nonexistant) practice habits are the reason I didn't graduate with a performance/jazz degree from UNT and become an orchestral player. I just am not a very good practicer at all. If I ever developed good practice habits I could be one bad motherf*cker, and that's no joke. However, now I'm a mortgage guy with a very good day job and 3-4 gigs a week with various jazz/rock groups. I can't complain!
  16. Angus

    Angus Supporting Member

    Apr 16, 2000
    Palo Alto, CA
    I LOVE practicing...i just never get enough time to do it. I can't get enough; I just love playing my instrument, regardless of what I'm playing.
  17. SuperDuck


    Sep 26, 2000
    Ok, I know where Nicolet drive is, but there's never been a reason for us to go north on it, as everything is really to the south and west of the campus...But I know where you're talking about. Most of my time is spent on the West side, when I leave campus. (Not sure if this means anything to you, but they closed the Rock 'N Roll High School/Concert Cafe last week :( )

    And, of course, I'll be sporting my orange and blue to root for the BEARS this weekend, of course. ;)

    Back on topic: Um... yeah... practice good.
  18. What and where was the Rock-n-Roll high school/concert cafe? I'm not familiar with it, but i haven't lived there for several years now.
    Going to be a sad day to be a Bears fan tomorrow.
    Back on topic: Practice....ugggg grumble..nessasary evil. Trent
  19. ColdYinTiger


    Jul 15, 2000
    Columbus, OH
    I love to play my bass, I do so constently(much to many's dismay, I dont have to much of a life, only 18 here!) And my band members sometimes get sick of me talking about music all the time and different ideas(Well maybe not our keyboardist). But I love to practice our songs and covers because I like to get the general idea of it down pat so I can afterwards go off live and use different hand techniques at random, do different fills, or just come up with a totally different line for it while I'm there. And alot of times when I practice the songs or just anything in general I'll come up with something new that I might try for songwriting with the band.