Do you noodle on stage???

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by IamGroot, May 2, 2019.

  1. IamGroot

    IamGroot Inactive

    Jan 18, 2018
    I watched a band this week where the guitarist and drummer noodled full vilume like they were in Guitar Center for 15 minutes after the appointed start time.

    Am I the only one that thinks this is unbearably amateurish.

    On a job, i get my sound settings in under 30 seconds. Not a sound further comes from my instrument until the first song. No noodling between numbers.

    At jam sessions, I might make some groove or play along with the house sound at low volume. Or mimic what the guitarist plays.
  2. Stumbo

    Stumbo Guest

    Feb 11, 2008
    Noodles are for spaghetti.:thumbsup:
    Kinky Afro, Ayce, Wisebass and 11 others like this.
  3. Jeff Scott

    Jeff Scott Rickenbacker guru..........

    Apr 11, 2006
    Out there!
    How do you know they weren't actually playing a song? ;)
  4. juggahnaught


    Feb 11, 2018
    Seattle, WA

    I turn my volume knob all the way down and I tend to run through scales on my instrument and finger warmups. I do this in rehearsal as well. I noodle while listening to my band mates or holding a conversation - I'm not head-in-the-fretboard, checked out or not talking or participating; it's almost just something to do with my hands. It's generally not obnoxious (no volume, and I don't slap so it's not super clacky) but I suppose I could probably do it less.
  5. glocke1

    glocke1 Supporting Member

    Apr 30, 2002

    Theres two types of noodling.

    The first kind is when the whole band or most of the band noodles around in a jam with the intent to create music.

    The second time is what you described. It used to not bother me, but after listening to recordings of my band it now bothers me a great deal to hear people dicking around like that on stage. Our drummer is really bad at that.
  6. JRA

    JRA my words = opinion Gold Supporting Member

    you are not alone. ;)
  7. buldog5151bass

    buldog5151bass Kibble, milkbones, and P Basses. And redheads.

    Oct 22, 2003
    Once house sound comes up, the audience shouldn't hear anything the band didn't intend them to hear. Pasta or otherwise.
    Last edited: May 3, 2019
  8. I noodle while I’m setting up so I can hear myself.
    I will turn the volume way down and noodle to warm up .
    Once soundcheck starts it’s no noodling for the rest of the night though.
    Low Down Brown likes this.
  9. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Inactive

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    Yeah it's ridiculous. That alone instantly causes me to write off a band in my head. I tune out if there is noodling in between songs. I find a TV screen in the bar and start to watch whatever sporting event is on.
  10. I am a non-noodler! At band rehearsal both guitarists noodle constantly. "Hey look at me, look what riff I learned!" I find it terribly rude and annoying. Unless we plan to play the whole song why are you playing any of it? I just stand there watching the TV until they run out of material. I then make some comment about are they ready for the BAND to pay something?

    At gigs I set up the PA first and them am the last one to set up my rig and make sure everything works. We play small Bar and Grills so there's no soundcheck. I pluck each of the four strings to check volume and EQ and I'm ready to go. The lead guitarist sets up first and noodles the whole time I'm setting up the PA. He then starts playing along with the house music. I'm tried to get him to not do this but he's 65 years old and been gigging for like 40 years. It's hopeless to think that he'll change now! AAAARRRGGGGHHHHH!
    barrenelly and IamGroot like this.
  11. bolophonic


    Dec 10, 2009
    Durham, NC
    I played in a band years ago with a guitarist who just literally could not stop shredding as soon as he donned his guitar. We would tune up and before the singer could announce the first song, the guitarist would be soloing at full volume. He was young and incredibly skilled and it used to bug the hell out of me, but it was hard to hate on his exuberance. We were normally playing tiny basement shows to 50 people, so it wasn’t like we were ruining the flow of some special event at the House of Blues or anything.
  12. ThinCrappyTone

    ThinCrappyTone Guest

    Oct 1, 2011
    I'm with ya. Noodling onstage is one of those things that makes a band seem amateur to me. Second only to full-volume tuning.
    Kinky Afro, Bassdirty, TH63 and 10 others like this.
  13. SLO Surfer

    SLO Surfer

    Jun 3, 2009
    Los Osos, CA
    No shredding wheat on the bandstand!!!!
    ThinCrappyTone, Ronzo and Stumbo like this.
  14. filmtex


    May 29, 2011
    Absolutely non-professional at least. I will on occasion at an open mic/jam drop in to a riff or progression at a very low volume just to make sure I’ve git it. But only very rarely. IMHO drummers, at least in my area, are the biggest offenders. And usually when I’m trying to ensure that all my various mic gains are set properly. Sheesh!
  15. interp


    Apr 14, 2005
    Garmisch, Germany
    I have an ironclad rule: from the last audible note of one song until the downbeat of the next no sound whatsoever will come out of my rig. Nothing. Nada. Zero. Ни звука.

    I have very low tolerance for anyone else noodling on stage between tunes, but unfortunately it is beyond my control. To me, it shouts “We are wankers and are mentally still in our bedrooms.”
    Bassscreamer, JohnN, JPDsma and 13 others like this.
  16. john m

    john m Supporting Member

    Jan 15, 2006
    I don’t even like noodling at rehearsal.
    At a gig? Unacceptable.
    Last edited: May 3, 2019
    Kinky Afro, JPDsma, TH63 and 12 others like this.
  17. ONYX


    Apr 14, 2000
    A little bit of "tweedle-tweedle" or "boom ba doom" to check volume or tone isn't bad and doesn't bother me, but full on Jack Bruce or Jimmy Page impersonations are unprofessional. ( Note that this applies only to bar or small club gigs--at a Broadway show or something of that nature--NO noodling)
  18. MVE


    Aug 8, 2010
    Our drummer was always adjusting something and then playing a fill, as if to check to make sure his adjustments were correct.
    Drove me nutz!!!
    Tony In Philly and Nashrakh like this.
  19. 40Hz

    40Hz Supporting Member

    May 24, 2006
    If it’s my band, there are four sure fire ways to tender your resignation during a live show as far as I’m concerned:

    • Excessive tuning on stage.(Learn how to do a proper setup and/or install better tuners.)
    • Excessive volume to “get my sound.” (Buy a better amp and/or learn how to properly use compression.)
    • Continuing to “solo” after you receive the “Wrap it up Santana!” cue. (She loves you, yeah, yeah, yeah! The rest of the audience doesn’t.)
    • Noodling on stage. (No excuses. No forgiveness.)
    Of the four, noodling while on stage heads the list.
  20. 40Hz

    40Hz Supporting Member

    May 24, 2006
    Really? You’re definitely a lot nicer and more patient person than I am. I’d have no qualms or hesitation whatsoever ripping him a new orifice after a polite warning - or maybe two since he’s so young and exuberant. ;)

    Like the TV sitcom title says: “Curb your enthusiasm.”