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Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Rockmark, Apr 15, 2019.
Kinda the way I felt about it, and that would’ve come right after the other tunes.
Sorry, should explain. Rotating band, different players every weekend.
Except for me--I'm on most weekends.
Funny story. One day last year, Toby Myers came to my place and he was checking out some of my guitars. I asked if he wanted to plug in, which he did, and I suggested we jam to a Mellencamp song. I asked my wife to video it, and she did.................without ever putting me in the video.
Anyway, without any visual proof................that is me on my drums.
I’m sure you looked something like this...
I figured he looked like this. With much less hair.
Hmm, a few things "not guitar".
I started playing mandolin because someone in my band said "hey Steve! We need some Mediterranean / Greek sound to this soundtrack song we are doing!" Figure it out!
I had played a tiny bit of mandolin years and years before, but it was a lousy "gourd" toy one. So it wasn't like it was a hidden talent that I knew about.
So I did some stuff, and the song made the soundtrack (short semi-documentary "The Flying Greek"), with the mandolin very prominent.
Since I was now a "mandolin player", I was asked to brush up on some stuff, so I could play it regularly at our Irish Pub gigs. Apparently I'm now a pretty good (but not a "classically trained" / classic Irish session) mando player.
Then on our first CD, I wrote a song where someone said "this needs banjo! It's your song, so you play it! It's an Irish Tenor 4-string, tuned the same as a mandolin, so it will be easy." OK, so now I'm a banjo player, also playing occasionally at the monthly Irish Pub gig - but not a classically-trained bluegrass clawhammer guy or anything. I must be OK, though, no-one tells me to maybe try the mando instead...
I just picked up a 5-string banjo, tuned in a typical bluegrass fashion. Tuning is different, and so are the chord shapes, so it is going to be an interesting challenge.
I also play bass - seems like a logical extension of guitar. Not Geddy Lee skill level, but not just G G G G G G G G C C C C G G G G D D C C G G G G root note 16-bar blues either. I can even play (fretless) stand-up double-bass.
Drums are a weird one - I don't think I'm all that technically proficient (that drumroll technique escapes me), but I have fun and can keep a very steady beat with lots of interesting fills. Even some odd time signatures like 5/4 are OK if I pay attention. (3/4 and 4/4 are easy peasy, of course.)
I dabble in keyboards/piano, but really I don't know what I'm doing.
Harmonica is something else that I'm "good enough" at to emulate Neil Young. And bizarrely some atmospheric stuff I had done was also used as an isolated track (from a much bigger song) in a (different) short film soundtrack.
I guess I'm at the point where any fretted stringed instrument is easy enough to learn, given some time. Fiddle, on the other hand...no. I have no good technique for that.
I mess around with uke, piano, bass, drums, dobro and many moons ago, clarinet...and just like guitar, I suck at all of them even though I amuse myself trying!
Can’t believe that slipped my mind!
I picked up guitar first because of my dad. He played in some local bluegrass bands. He was essentially self taught, and taught me what he knew. So on guitar I don't really know what I'm doing, but there normally aren't too many complaints.
However when I was old enough to join the school band I did. We go to the thing where the local music store has brought a bunch of instruments and we get to see which one we want. I'm looking around like "none of these are played in a real band". Then I see a snare drum. Instant love. In high school I was part of several honor bands including the State Fair Band. Got a partial scholarship to a university. Played there for a couple of years, before dropping out. So I do know how to play percussion. To the point I don't mind being called a percussionist. As I've played it all from timpani to mallets. I'm best on battery and a drum kit, but can wing it on most things.
A side note is when I was in the High School Band there was a kid a couple of years younger that was super eager to learn drums. Got good pretty fast, but never learned to play a kit. So I could always use that as a trump card when he got to feeling cocky. Well after I graduate and move on, he goes on to a major college drumline and marches DCI a couple of years. Learned to play kit. Eventually became my bro-in-law. Def can plan circles around me now, but can't play a guitar. He's also now my ex bro-in-law be we still chat. He's been teaching his kids drums. I'm pushing for mine to play guitar. For now. Haha.
But yeah some of my best memories are from my drum playing adventures.
Ooh, I forgot about my ukulele! That too!
I started out playing Cello from 3rd grade through my freshman year of college. I borrowed one for a song on an album an old band put out. I can still play and have been wanting to pick one up, but I always end up buying guitars instead. I picked up bass in 10th grade to play in the jazz band and continued on with that as my primary instrument for a long time (up through 2014) save for a short stint playing guitar in high school. I've also always been enamored with the drums. I got steady enough that one of my old drummers would have me play his kit during some sound checks to see how his drums sounded FOH. I'm a bit rusty, but when our current drummer can't make rehearsal I sometimes fill in to work out new material. The good news is my 14 year old is a drummer so we got an electric kit awhile back and on Saturday we got an acoustic kit. Now I don't have any excuses. I've dabbled a bit with the uke, but haven't taken enough time to get proficient.
I had trouble keeping that wig on.