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Off To An Open Mic Tonight

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by bluewine, Apr 7, 2009.


  1. bluewine

    bluewine Banned

    Sep 4, 2008
    WI
    I'm off to an open mic tonight.

    I hope it's decent , it's really a nice loft with a nice stage, lights and house PA. However, you know how weird open mic protocol can get. Last month I did this and there was barely a drummer that could keep time.

    Wish me luck

    blue
     
  2. santucci218

    santucci218

    Jan 26, 2007
    Pittsburgh
    Luck!
     
  3. Stumbo

    Stumbo Wherever you go, there you are. Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 11, 2008
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    Blues open mic?
    Luck II!
     
  4. III.

    Hope you have fun man, open mics can be fun with the right crowd.
     
  5. bluewine

    bluewine Banned

    Sep 4, 2008
    WI
    Fun open mic, There was one other bass player there but he wouldn't play and I invited him up/

    blue
     
  6. santucci218

    santucci218

    Jan 26, 2007
    Pittsburgh
    i always wanted to do open mic night, or a small indie coffee shop or something. I don't know, singing in front of people gives me the willies. (har har)
     
  7. Thor

    Thor Gold Supporting Member In Memoriam

    After having done them for 9 months, I will say they can be
    challenging.

    There is the guy who covers Beatles who can neither sing nor play.

    I had a guy doing 'Who do you love' and some random Bo
    Diddley stuff that got PO'ed at me becuase I walked the bass
    line with some approach notes on him. Apparently he could
    not count to 4, and had to have the bass on the same note
    on 1,2,3,and 4 so he could find the one. I guess you always
    know where you are when you always play by yourself. Duh.

    I had an Eric Clapton clone. Voice and licks. Original. Yeah.

    I have had 6+ people say they 'want to get something
    together' and never call or email me back.

    Had some pretty decent players as well.

    Had some great challenges to play with people I don't know,
    on songs they arranged (not me) and likely in keys that suited
    their voices so I needed to change up on the fly. That has
    been very good for my listening and improvisational skills.

    It's always fun playing Neil Young 2 half steps up, especially
    when the guy starts up and doesn't call the song or the key.

    I have also forged some good solid friendships with solid
    players.

    Keep going. It's all about the networking there, bluewine.

    Some players will be intimidated when they hear you. Tell
    them you need a break and that they need to share the bass
    dutieS for the night. It's not a contest. If there are 2 or 3
    bassists, I am inclusive and will be careful to share the
    playing time as the host is usually working the guitar
    player list as opposed to the support players around for the
    night. Some nights you will play all night on bass, and
    others you have to share.

    All in good fun, glad to hear you are getting out there.
     
  8. Did you invite the 32 year old?
     
  9. bluewine

    bluewine Banned

    Sep 4, 2008
    WI
    yeah, there are many issues with open mic. Like I said I asked the guy come up and play. he was sitting with his bass .I pulled the cord out of my bass and signaled him to come up. He said, "your better than me".

    I see lots of guys they blow me away, that is not going to stop me, you never know when your gonna get "hot"
     

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