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Forum: Musician Talk 06-26-2015, 07:04 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 210
Posted By AlanHB
My comment is "learn what you have to play...

My comment is "learn what you have to play before the gig".
Forum: Bandleading 06-25-2015, 05:01 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 138
Posted By AlanHB
What would you like them to do extra? Write more...

What would you like them to do extra? Write more of the songs? Record the album instead of you?
Forum: Musician Talk 06-22-2015, 03:31 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 945
Posted By AlanHB
^^^ As your posts didn't address harmonic...

^^^ As your posts didn't address harmonic context, they could easily be misinterpreted and aren't particularly helpful when the TS doesn't have a firm grasp on keys.
Forum: Musician Talk 06-19-2015, 05:57 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 945
Posted By AlanHB
Ok so you know how "god" and...

Ok so you know how "god" and "dog" have the same letters? And they are both words and nouns? But they aren't the same.

That's the route you're going down here. Do you say "god as the reverse...
Forum: Musician Talk 06-18-2015, 05:14 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 272
Posted By AlanHB
If you're in Australia, also register yourself...

If you're in Australia, also register yourself and your songs with APRA. At the end of each financial year you can collect royalities. Also with your final recordings, make sure you get an ISRC code...
Forum: Musician Talk 06-18-2015, 05:09 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 729
Posted By AlanHB
That is the minimum amount you would personally...

That is the minimum amount you would personally get paid per gig in a cover band. With the better bands you'll walk away with $200-$300 per gig.
Forum: Musician Talk 06-18-2015, 08:59 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 729
Posted By AlanHB
If you like playing covers and want to make...

If you like playing covers and want to make money, join a cover band dude!
Forum: Musician Talk 06-12-2015, 07:08 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 327
Posted By AlanHB
A solo should: 1. Provide a complementary melody...

A solo should:

1. Provide a complementary melody for the song, it's not a chance to show off and detract from it.
2. Have flow.

The hardest part is keeping in line with number 1, and not adding...
Forum: Musician Talk 06-10-2015, 08:43 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 598
Posted By AlanHB
It's worth noting that you can turn the volume on...

It's worth noting that you can turn the volume on a keyboard down, and also can take it to gigs (eventually). They also take up less space in your house.
Forum: Musician Talk 06-08-2015, 09:27 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 357
Posted By AlanHB
With an electric guitar? Use headphones, or...

With an electric guitar? Use headphones, or elevate or tilt the amp so that the speaker is pointed at your head, rathet than your feet.
Forum: Musician Talk 06-08-2015, 09:25 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,200
Posted By AlanHB
Ideally I'll be thinking about the chord...

Ideally I'll be thinking about the chord structure and planning my solo out to hit chord tones as it goes. If not I'll just be trying to make a melody that sounds good.
Forum: Bandleading 06-07-2015, 11:15 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 544
Posted By AlanHB
Yeah looks like it. As a side note, I'm sure...

Yeah looks like it.

As a side note, I'm sure you've played the usual "open for a community festival headliner" gig before, they tend to be really hit and miss. Although there may be 5000 people...
Forum: Bandleading 06-07-2015, 08:57 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 544
Posted By AlanHB
^^^ The link you gave links to a set with two...

^^^ The link you gave links to a set with two covers out of 17, starting and ending with originals, it mayn't be the list you were intending to send. I actually caught John Mayer on his last tour -...
Forum: Bandleading 06-07-2015, 07:13 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 544
Posted By AlanHB
^^^ You are disagreeing with "one song per...

^^^ You are disagreeing with "one song per hour", how many do you think is suitable?

Although you never straight out said it, I've inferred that you were in a cover band that played originals every...
Forum: Bandleading 06-07-2015, 06:52 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 544
Posted By AlanHB
^^^ I'm not saying they don't play covers, just...

^^^ I'm not saying they don't play covers, just that they'll rarely do more than one an hour. Your argument is on the other extreme end, stating that it's ok to play 2-3 hours of covers, then an...
Forum: Bandleading 06-07-2015, 05:40 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 544
Posted By AlanHB
I think we've had this discussion before :) Your...

I think we've had this discussion before :)

Your approach may have been valid in the 70s or 80s. Unfortunately it's not the case anymore. Even the guys you list will mostly play originals live.
Forum: Musician Talk 06-06-2015, 10:34 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 316
Posted By AlanHB
Assuming you're playing with the recording, how...

Assuming you're playing with the recording, how would you know if you're following the vocalist or not?
Forum: Musician Talk 06-05-2015, 07:30 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,706
Posted By AlanHB
With access to the internet being...

With access to the internet being "self-taught" is not what it used to be, and I reckon that's great. A wealth of free advice at your fingertips.

I'm gonna back away before I say "when I was your...
Forum: Bandleading 06-05-2015, 07:23 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 544
Posted By AlanHB
It is also relevant how many you play in the set....

It is also relevant how many you play in the set. The A List guys would rarely do more than one an hour, if you must cover a song, try to stick to that.

There's also the "why" you are learning...
Forum: Bandleading 06-04-2015, 06:05 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 544
Posted By AlanHB
Be prepared to have covers just in case your...

Be prepared to have covers just in case your originals are crap? How about be prepared to write better originals?
Forum: Bandleading 06-04-2015, 03:45 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 544
Posted By AlanHB
No matter how strong your originals are, it won't...

No matter how strong your originals are, it won't beat a song the audience already know and like. It's a bit of a trap because the cover could potentially entertain or otherwise re-engage the...
Forum: Musician Talk 06-04-2015, 03:35 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 753
Posted By AlanHB
I think one consideration is "why" you...

I think one consideration is "why" you are seeking to make things more simple or complex.

If you are making it simple or complex, it'll come off as forced and generally people won't like it, even...
Forum: Musician Talk 06-04-2015, 12:33 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,085
Posted By AlanHB
Well you can hold off on the bluegrass for now....

Well you can hold off on the bluegrass for now. We seem to agree that you should know chords, and we'll just leave it there :D
Forum: Musician Talk 06-03-2015, 09:21 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,085
Posted By AlanHB
^^^ But my point, which you are addressing,...

^^^ But my point, which you are addressing, doesn't relate to approaching solos.

I'm questioning the value of a musician that doesn't know chords and you are giving me a lecture in bluegrass, where...
Forum: Musician Talk 06-03-2015, 08:16 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,085
Posted By AlanHB
So if you don't know chords, basically you'd just...

So if you don't know chords, basically you'd just be that dick that solos over everything.
Forum: Musician Talk 06-03-2015, 05:41 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,085
Posted By AlanHB
^^^ So you would say that bluegrass is...

^^^ So you would say that bluegrass is characterised by all notes playing single note lines all the time, and a distinct lack of chords.
Forum: Musician Talk 06-03-2015, 04:35 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,085
Posted By AlanHB
That's true, I was thinking about guitars...

That's true, I was thinking about guitars primarily.
Forum: Musician Talk 06-03-2015, 04:24 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,085
Posted By AlanHB
Past whether you can play a solo or not without...

Past whether you can play a solo or not without the chords, as a semi professional musician you'd be quite useless to me if you didn't know anything but lead. I don't need a guy who plays over every...
Forum: Musician Talk 05-31-2015, 08:27 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 289
Posted By AlanHB
Learn songs by other people to get ideas.

Learn songs by other people to get ideas.
Forum: Bandleading 05-29-2015, 05:43 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 266
Posted By AlanHB
Welcome to the music scene ironmanben! Sometimes...

Welcome to the music scene ironmanben!

Sometimes you'll encounter a roadblock of sorts, usually a promoter or booking agent who won't respond to your requests to book gigs. This can be for a variety...
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