I was bummed, untill someone asked for some recordings!

Discussion in 'Bass Humor & Gig Stories [BG]' started by nappingcracker, Nov 28, 2005.

  1. I played my third gig last night, and I thought I really bombed. I missed parts of the song (still played through without missing the beat), the guitarist had some tempo problems, the drummer could not hear anything, the onstage monitors were wack, I hit a few sour notes. To top it off, we had to fill an extra 20 min that we had not planned on, and flubbed that more than a bit. Basically I walked off with a smile thinking "man I have to quit this band, I cant read them, and I suck".

    So off stage I go, to sit down and have a victory beer; I see a friend that did not know I played, and did not know I was there. I ask "what did you think, rather, what did you not like?" and he replies "oh, you want some critical feedback? Some of the endings were not strong, like I did not know if it was ending or not, and you had a rough start on one of the songs". Yup, things I have heard before (grumble). But then comes the gem: "I was in the other room and I was thinking - I wonder if these guys have a recording, or something I can download to my ipod so I can listen while I work"


    "You liked it?" --- "Oh, yeah! great sound, I really dug it, and I may have had a few beers, but I am pretty critical of these things"

    Really proved the point that what you are hearing on stage is NOT what the audience is hearing. As long as you keep beat, they do not know the difference. Plus, as long as you find the groove when it counts, everyone forgets everything else.

    I'll get to listen to the recording tonight, and will cringe and be critical again -- recordings are a harsh reality check, for sure. Point-- keep playing, and show no sign of remorse on or off stage, only with band members if at all. Kinda like golf, one good hit brings you back.
  2. i wish i could count the number of times that my band has had a really 'off' night and a rediculous amount of people tell us how much we kicked a$$ ..... i think to myself "were you even listening?"

    conversely, the number of gigs where everything clicked and we were at our best and when we come off the stage, no one says boo

    it's odd, to say the least and will probably always perplex me :eyebrow:
  3. Son of Magni

    Son of Magni

    May 10, 2005
    Builder: ThorBass
    There's some famous band leader that said the same thing. I'm thinking maybe it was Trey?
  4. Jamolah


    Apr 28, 2005
    UK, North East
    Mike Gordon says it in Chris Jisi's Brave New Bass book, reffering to poor Phish shows where the band argue about who wasn't payng attention, only to find the fans loved every second.
  5. SnoMan

    SnoMan Words Words Words

    Jan 27, 2001
    Charleston, WV
    I agree

    It seems as though when me and my band all agree that we've had a poor show...we tend to hear more compliments.

    Maybe we should practice less :confused: ;)
  6. someone told me if i hit a wrong note, to just smile and do it again.
  7. bill_banwell


    Oct 19, 2002
    Haha, yeah i always smile when/if i hit a bum note or something, they dont usually realise but if they see your face screwed up and frowning and you shaking your head they are going to think youve done something wrong..
  8. airrick


    Dec 4, 2005
    well, you know the saying "if you play a wrong note, just play it three times and call it jazz."
  9. stu FORD

    stu FORD

    May 22, 2004
    Jaco called it "the green light rule". if you screw up just keep going its always a green light, you cant stop.