Starting to get a bad feeling about my band ...

Discussion in 'Band Management [BG]' started by Funkateer, Nov 21, 2005.

  1. Funkateer


    Jul 5, 2002
    Los Gatos, CA
    For the past 3 months, I've been rehearsing with a drummer and an organ player, as part of a funk project. The organ player is really into the Meters, and the drummer Galactic, so you get the idea. I really like playing with the drummer. One of those funky cats that only needs a snare, a floor tom converted into a bass drum, and some cymbals to really hold it down. The organ player is pretty good too, as long as the material doesn't get too jazzy.

    Unfortunately, I'm wondering if this project will ever really get off the ground.

    Problem 1: We practice only once per week (at best), and IMHO, we're not getting tight enough fast enough this way. The drummer has a 2 year old, so 1 practice per week is all he can currently handle (or so he says). My feeling is we need to go to 2 practices per week if we want to gig anytime soon.

    Problem 2: The project is supposed to include a guitar player and a sax player, but the other guys don't want to enlist these players until after we 'master' the setlist. This doesn't make a lot of sense to me, as presumably, these guys would want some input into song selection, and they need the rehearsal time with the rest of the band too.

    Problem 3: So far we are only doing Meters and Galactic covers, but want to do originals. I write tunes, but I think they are too jazz fusiony for the keyboard player (professes not to be able to solo over jazz changes).

    I'm beginning to think that this project is doomed to a lifetime of infinite practice and no gigging. I enjoy the playing, but am starting to think that I need to find another project with musicians a bit more committed.

    Your advice?
  2. I'd say your instincts are right, it may be time to move on.

    Some folks don't want to gig, they're content making noise once a week in the practice room. Been there, done's too short for me, I wanna gig.
  3. Akami

    Akami Four on the floor

    I think you're pretty much right on the nailhead regarding more practice and getting the other players right now.

    As far as the organist not being comfortable soloing over jazz changes, what is practice for?
    This is when he can get good at it and if he can't figure out where to go he should take the time to work out what sounds good on top of the changes.

    Don't give up yet, but do try to get everybody to commit a little bit more of a serious attitude, without taking the fun out of it.
  4. Andrew Jones

    Andrew Jones Banned

    Feb 28, 2001
    Northampton Mass
    Don't Quit

    Accept it for what it is don't try to change other people,start something else! But Keep playing with them ,Once a week Jam, Playing N'orleans funk in a Hammond trio, Sounds Like a fun night to Me!

  5. Slater

    Slater Bye Millen! Hello?

    Apr 17, 2000
    The Great Lakes State
    If the real goal is to be a working/gigging band, then the band should be working towards finding the guitar and sax players, and gigging asap!

    IME, things don't really tighten-up until your gigging - a band will only go so far in rehearsal, then it's just overkill.

    If the other guys aren't willing to make gigging a priority, I'd bail...
  6. Funkateer


    Jul 5, 2002
    Los Gatos, CA
    ... amazingly it somehow is all right on. I've told the other guys that I'm anxious to add the other players, and that I'd like to practice twice a week, so its on the table.

    The practice is in my home studio, so it couldn't be lower maintenance. And of course, playing bass in this style can be a lot of fun. Until I run out of bandwidth, there is no reason to quit, even if it ends up being a glorified weekly jam.

    So I think it is indeed time to start a new project. Stay tuned for a thread soliciting your collective advice on this ...
  7. You may want to diversify your covers beyond just the two bands also...imho
  8. BassyBill

    BassyBill The smooth moderator... Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 12, 2005
    West Midlands UK
    Dead right.