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#851904
Would quite like to get together with anyone that fits the bill. Was speaking to my Dad this morning and he again encouraged me to try to get myself out playing and maybe even the odd gig. Hmmm, not sure about that bit yet, but keen to sit in and do some playing with other like minded people.

Cheers
#851918
Mini Forklift Ⓥ wrote:Would quite like to get together with anyone that fits the bill. Was speaking to my Dad this morning and he again encouraged me to try to get myself out playing and maybe even the odd gig. Hmmm, not sure about that bit yet, but keen to sit in and do some playing with other like minded people.

Cheers


It is a lot of fun (from my vague memory of jamming out), good on ya!
#851922
I am a noob who's been hankering to jam with people too. Confidence level... near zero. Would love to jam with others but can't help but feel I'd be a burden to the more experienced folks.

Not relevant to this thread since I'm not a drummer/bassist :roll:
#851933
Little story that I hope will help. A year ago, I got maneuvered into joining a band. None of them except the drummer had been playing for more than 18 months. They had limited skills but they were enthusiastic, really enjoyed themselves and were lovely guys so I stayed. (Also, I have no use for electric guitars unless I'm playing in a band)

We've done 2 gigs since New Year and have 5 more in the next 7 weeks. There's nothing about us that is particularly brilliant but we can make an audience boogie. And that honesty, isn't all that hard. All you need to do is sound like people expect and they respond. That in turn creates confidence and it all takes off from there. We have a weak link, but he's part of what makes the band fun so we compensate and the audience doesn't notice.

We have no musical "ambitions". We're too old for that. Not saying there's anything wrong with ambition, but it has ruined the pleasure of several musical associations I've had over the years.

Playing with others is life enhancing. Some people are on the fast track to stardom but most of us aren't. And we're allowed to have fun too. So don't worry about what you can't do; a band will teach you more in a month than noodling at home will in 2 years.

Many of you will recognise this: The band brings along a bunch of song suggestions. You slog through a couple of them and they sound like you expect (because you're a crap player, right?) Then you hit one and it rocks. It just works and you realise you're not entirely crap after all. Keep going and before long, you've found 25 of them and actually, you're not crap at all.
Putting yourself out there is scary. This is a good sign; everything worth doing in life is scary (trust me, I'm a Mountainbiker). Doing the scary shit is where the huge grins and great memories live.
#852200
Thanks Slowy, I really appreciate and value your your response. Your experiences and summarisation definitely make me want to pursue this and get together with a few people and see what comes of it.

Like codedog I'm pretty insecure about my playing, even on a day-to-day level I'm fairly introverted and like to keep to myself. Getting up onstage is something I have done but not something that I find easy to do; I enjoy it when I'm up there but there's always that self doubt in the back of mind that is saying I don't deserve to be playing with these people. Getting back to see my family and getting to play with my Dad's band was wholly nerve wracking but utterly worth it, to be playing with people that have my back and enjoyed hearing what I was churning out was calmly liberating

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I think if I could get to the point where I was able to do that on a regular basis it really could be life changing for me. I'd like to have the confidence I know I should have - and if I'm honest I perceive myself to be an okay guitar player and probably someone that could do okay in a live setting if I had the right people alongside me
#852201
This was a quick video my daughter took recently. She came into our front room and said, "Daddy you sound like the guitar player that plays Alright Now"



For me that knocked me sideways because it dawned on me that she actually listens to the music I have playing at home and in my car. Anyhow, please reach out if there's anyone in Chch that's keen for a get-together, I know Molly and myself have talked about this in the past but drummers and bassists seem a little harder to come by. Thanks :)
#852215
Mini Forklift Ⓥ wrote: I know Molly and myself have talked about this in the past but drummers and bassists seem a little harder to come by. Thanks :)


Wait until you try to find ones that turn up on time and have learnt the material.. :wink: :wink: :lol: :lol: :wink: :wink:
#852318
Interested but my schedule is fucked
Between houses and I work 7 days a week (weather permitting)
Beat Box would suit me as I would only need to bring limited gear