No gigs. Rehearsal report.

Discussion in 'Bass Humor & Gig Stories [BG]' started by Paulabass, Jun 8, 2020.

  1. Paulabass


    Sep 18, 2017
    Joe Mancuso and the Mill St. Band minus our keyboard player (She didn't feel comfortable yet, and that's fine) got together this evening for the first time in 3 months to the day. It was my best day since lockdown.
    I wondered all the way there- Would we know how to play together?
    We kicked it off with a uptempo jump blues that really needs to swing, and has big shots that have to hit with surgical precision. It was a bit rusty. Missing those tiny little nuances that the bass and drums do unconsciously when the groove's just right. Next up, Stormy Monday with 6/8 and double time sections. Better, nailed most of the accents. Big Boss Man had a good stomp, my vocals were feeling the neglect but things were looking up. We tried our first set closer- Route 66. Hammering out unrelenting 1/8 notes. I got in a couple of sweet 2 octave harmony runs with the guitar. I looked up and the band was grinning. We found our sweet spot.
    I will never take for granted the chance to play with such outstanding players again.
    For once, somewhere to go.
    Joe- BL, vox, guitar.
    Erik- Lickin' stick
    Bill- Drums, and weird Scottish sense of humour.
    What do you do when you have no gigs? Buy an Alembic. I got the covid hair going, no makeup, probably don't smell great, but what a bass!
  2. El Thumpo

    El Thumpo Four strings, no waiting Supporting Member

    Oct 15, 2006
    San Francisco Bay Area
    Paula! Great to see you getting some mileage out of that beautiful bass. Stay safe, and enjoy.
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  3. Hi Ms. Paula,

    Atta girl! Good to see you out and about, making noise and taking names. :D

    Thank you for your indulgence,

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  4. filmtex


    May 29, 2011
    It's great to hear some good news this morning. WTG Paula!
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  5. garp


    Feb 7, 2009
    Connecticut USA
  6. Wisebass


    Jan 12, 2017
    Lost in Space
    hi Paula :)

    I don't care how you smell... :D

    ...but when it comes to basses you got a good taste! :thumbsup:

    Have fun!!!

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  7. Paulabass


    Sep 18, 2017
    Perfect! At my age we forget a lot of things in three months. I also sang into the wrong end of the mic, and counted everything in in 3/4 time.
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  8. Oddly


    Jan 17, 2014
    Dublin, Ireland.
    Great to see folks getting back out there!
    I'd imagine there's a lot of rust needs shaking of for many of us when we finally get back to playing with others.

    Completely off-topic, and I may be being over-cautious, but having your handbag (and the bass, of course) just sitting there on your front seat seems like an open invitation to any enterprising thief.
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  9. Paulabass


    Sep 18, 2017
    The picture was taken from three feet away. I did however, have to go thru drive thru to get coffee, instead of going into my favourite java emporium.
  10. FunkHead

    FunkHead Supporting Member

    Mar 10, 2007
    Congrats on getting some rehearsal time in. I am still waiting for permission from my wife.
    My band wants to rehearse outside so it sounds pretty safe... just don’t want to rock the boat at home. :(
  11. Beej


    Feb 10, 2007
    Vancouver Island
    And it was a sunny, top-down day to boot! Sounds like a good time. :thumbsup:

    We've got three hours planned for Thursday...can't wait. :woot:
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  12. Beersurgeon


    Jul 16, 2010
    We had our first rehearsal in 3 months last Thursday and will practice again on Thursday. The practices are in my basement and every was Lysoled down after practice with the smell of "great waterfall" scent.

    Good to see you jammin with your buddies!!!:bassist::hyper:
  13. juancaminos

    juancaminos Supporting Member

    YIPPIE! Thanks for the report. My kind of music too!
  14. Paula, may I respectfully say...

    .... with all the best intentions ....


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  15. We had first practice last week. I hadn't played bass in months (since our last gig) but played guitar a bit. Crammed a couple songs on bass a few days before practice. When I got there I mentioned I hadn't played bass at all, one guitar player and our drummer mentioned they hadn't played either, so I was thinking it could be a disaster.

    It went surprisingly well, pretty darn good actually! Can't wait to do it again. Our next gig is a month from today. :thumbsup:

    Rock on Brothaz and Sistaz! :bassist:
  16. dbase

    dbase Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 3, 2008
    South Jersey, USA..
    Wait?, What? your purse doesn't match your outfit...whats with that? I also want your bass... sell it to me ;)
  17. Paulabass


    Sep 18, 2017
    It's like sex, or riding a bicycle. You never forget, but you might fall off a few times.
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  18. That's a beautiful new bass, and it's good to hear that you were able to get together with the band to play it. I've had three outdoor rehearsals with the blues band I play with; hoping to start up rehearsals here in my studio soon but things may change if we see another COVID spike in my area. Glad you had fun! Fingers crossed that we can all get back out there sometime soon.
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  19. theduke1


    Dec 22, 2010
    Sussex WI
    I see by the picture you have a left handed drummer
    As a lefty my self, back in the 60s left handed basses were rare and very pricy
    My mom being a single mother of 4 that was out of the question
    As it was my first bass and amp cost $75 which was a whole weeks pay for her
    I learned to play right handed and the only disadvantage is using a pick is a lost cause for me but the upside is I can pick up any bass and play it and I prefer the sound of fingers to a pick
    It is neat to see any left hand musician for me
  20. Paulabass


    Sep 18, 2017
    I am hopelessly left handed. But I'm righty on anything that needs special equipment. Golf- righty, tennis, lefty, bass righty, nailgun- lefty. A lot of shrinks are left scratching their heads. I absolutely cannot play baseball, cause I catch and throw lefty.