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What do you bring to the party

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Willie5String, May 27, 2020.


  1. Willie5String

    Willie5String

    Dec 23, 2018
    When you play with a band, what do you bring to the party?

    As I was reading Dr Cheese’s post about being ok with mediocrity, I was thinking about how each individual probably has an asset or 2 that they bring to their band or team.

    In my case, I think I act as the musical translator for the band, I can explain what is going on harmonically and rhythmically with the music that is being played.

    I add the stank, I find myself playing with mostly rock and classical players, I’m the one that add groove to the otherwise 1/4 note, straight 1/8 note grooves that my worship team plays. In my last band, the drummer was a 4 on the floor guy and the guitar players were backbeat guys, there wasn’t much breathing in their music until I came along.
     
  2. Michedelic

    Michedelic MId-Century Modern

    I have the party; the rehearsal space and PA.
     
  3. Clam dip or a fruit tray.
     
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  4. Passinwind

    Passinwind I know nothing. Commercial User

    Dec 3, 2003
    Columbia River Gorge, WA.
    Owner/Designer &Toaster Tech Passinwind Electronics
    Mmmm...clams! I can bring the clams too.
     
  5. buldog5151bass

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

    Oct 22, 2003
    Connecticut
    I'm always early, I'm always prepared, I sing harmonies, and I buy the first round.
     
  6. Reedt2000

    Reedt2000 Supporting Member

    Apr 26, 2017
    Central New Jersey
    I try to bring a reliable member whose playing will serve the material (and I can sing)


    That clam thing sounded good though....
     
  7. Lagado

    Lagado Suspended

    Jan 6, 2020
    Stop the madness
    My stamp collection featuring a beautiful limited edition set presenting the wildfowl of Papua New Guinea. Stunning. You'd want me in the band just so that you could view them.
     
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  8. I'm plug-and-play, meaning I'm always prepared, my tone is always appropriate and in the pocket, I don't drink (in any band settings) or do drugs (in any setting) and I'm a low drama bandmate in general unless others are not, then I'm not a bandmate anymore. Oh, and I make cool posters/flyers.
     
  9. ELG60

    ELG60

    Apr 26, 2017
    Mid-Florida
    Wit and muscle . . .

    And surprise . . .





    And a fanatical devotion to the pope.
     
  10. LBS-bass

    LBS-bass Supporting Member

    I bring a good ear, the ability to lock in, the ability to play a lot of stuff by ear, and the ability to sing lead and harmony while playing my bass and a fairly decent level of ability as a bassist, though many can play rings around me. I also bring someone who will do their best to be prepared and not try to learn the material during rehearsal time.

    I try not to bring too many clams, but sometimes it happens.
     
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  11. Lagado

    Lagado Suspended

    Jan 6, 2020
    Stop the madness
    Well, since I got possession of those pics of the BL in a compromising position at a private party last summer, I haven't brought anything much. I can't even be bothered to learn the bass lines properly. I couldn't really as I had snapped the D string a couple of weeks back, I put a new one on yesterday. It's all too easy now that my position is assured.
     
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  12. I'd be the tone-deaf, red-headed stepchild with poor timing.
     
  13. jeffb28451

    jeffb28451 Supporting Member

    Aug 6, 2006
    Leland NC
    Extra straps, guitar strings, stands, drumsticks (!) 9 volt batteries...whatever it takes to get the show done when I KNOW that no body else can or will take care of the details...
     
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  14. Tasteful playing with excellent time, always to support the song. Excellent note taker and set list manager. Always punctual, positive, prepared. Willing to help with load in/out.

    Still can’t remember lyrics for the life of me
     
  15. Lagado

    Lagado Suspended

    Jan 6, 2020
    Stop the madness
    I play the tunes note for note. I don't subtract anything, sometimes I add. People have employed me through listening to gigs and picking up on that. They like that attention to detail. For which I salute them, because so do I.
     
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  16. gln1955

    gln1955 Supporting Member

    Aug 25, 2014
    Ohio, USA
    The voice of reason
     
  17. I have almost always brought - As bandleader: the rehearsal space, the power supply, & the PA or recording gear. As the Songwriter: The vision, the songs, and therefore, style or genre. And a demand for professionalism.
     
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  18. Bajo Clarkko

    Bajo Clarkko

    Aug 9, 2015
    Ear plugs.

    (I have tinnitus.)
     
  19. bolophonic

    bolophonic Supporting Member

    Dec 10, 2009
    Durham, NC
    1. I always arrive on time.

    2. I am a forceful human metronome.

    3. I play tastefully.

    4. I serve the song.

    5. I am a great networker.

    6. I bring the choogle.
     
  20. deste

    deste

    Sep 14, 2009
    Bologna, Italy, Europe
    Endorsing Artist: GullanskyLab pickups
    Nobody expects the Spanish Guitar.
     

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