POSTPONED Acoustic Gear-Jam: 21st July : all-day get-together in Swindon

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TimmyOTimmyO Frets: 3888
edited July 20 in Events
**UPDATE 2 - Updated to add thoughts on format, and add venue **

1. It's acoustic. Why? A few benefits, including flexibility of venue if needed, the fact that more than one thing can be happening at opposite corners of the (large) room at once if need be, and no reliance on availability of PA or need to have it working. Plus, it's just nice :-) 

2. It's not just a jam. Why? I think mores in acoustic-land it can be hard to see, hear and experience interesting gear (shops well stocked with interesting electric gear are common, acoustic stuff less so), or just types of gear you don't come across every day, and I reckon our fine forum members probably have lots of interesting things, and I'd like to facilitate spreading that knowledge and interest. 

3. Performance is part of it, but not compulsory or expected. Why? Becuase it's ace to see acoustic music performed, even moreso with multiple performers, but not everyone feels like they are ready. But they may be another time. With support :-) 

4. Yes you can play that tune you love to perform. Why? Why not?

5. Yes we will suggest a few tunes/particular arrangements of tunes that we can each practice and try to perform together. Why? Because that will be fun, and those with flying fingers can have at it, and those with more basic accomplishments can join in too. Kum-bye-motherfuckin'-ahh man 

6. Gear: if it's acoustic and vaguely guitar-shaped, feel free to bring it. But not a drum kit, smartarse ;-) . I for one would be interested to see/hear/try acoustic guitar amplification gear, so bring those too if ou like, but don't expect that we'll be making amplified levels of noise all day - I don't think that fits in with the vibe - it's an addendum, not the main thing.

Venue is Western Audio in Swindon 

https://www.westernaudiorecording.com/contact-us


UPDATE 1:


Date has now been pencilled-in for Sunday 21st July, based on that being the date with the most people free at the time of booking.

Those who said they were up for it and could make that date are:

Darren
fretfinder
fishfingers
mgaw
danishbacon
jalapeno
me 

so that's the current tentative attendee list. 


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Poll for dates now here:

https://doodle.com/poll/wwxp3i3tvqzhukf5

d like to do an acoustic-only thing and have a great venue here in sunny Swindon (it's actually the place that Stuart Ryan records some of his online tution stuff.

For the VERY old and bold who remember it I'm thinking something akin to the event in the big village hall we did outside Swindon years ago - where it was a mix of show-and-tell about and have-a-go on each others gear as well as some playing. 

Venue is a big (700sqft) studio live room that is actually pleasent not a foam-lined sweatbox and it is a couple of minutes from McDs/Aldi/Pizza Hut to serve any lunchtime or other sustenance needs. 

I'm thinking take the room for a full day (date based on people's preferences) and gather a load of interesting instruments and acoustic-associated equipment in one place for general nerdery and fun.

If I only get 3 or 4 interested I'm still doing it.
And if 20 want to come that'll work just as well.

If you're interested let me.know below and the sooner people shouts dates they can't (or prefer to) do the simpler it'll be :-)

Cheers
Tim
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  • TimmyOTimmyO Frets: 3888
    Tagging a few people who Ive mentioned this to in the past 

    @Lewy @noisepolluter @VimFuego @Jalapeno  @bertie  
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  • JalapenoJalapeno Frets: 3852
    Yep, avoiding end June /early July, I'm definitely in.
    Imagine something sharp and witty here ......

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  • JalapenoJalapeno Frets: 3852
    You'll have to get Bert via FB - he bailed from here a couple of years back.
    Imagine something sharp and witty here ......

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  • Chris_JChris_J Frets: 108
    Sounds interesting. It's a little bit far for me at the mo (live in Scotland) but, there's a possibility I may be on secondment to the Coventry office later in the year so it might work out.
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  • TimmyOTimmyO Frets: 3888
    Chris_J said:
    Sounds interesting. It's a little bit far for me at the mo (live in Scotland) but, there's a possibility I may be on secondment to the Coventry office later in the year so it might work out.
    Cool. Coventry is still a schlep though. 

    Swindon is an hour's train out of London but it can get expensive that way 
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    Jalapeno said:
    You'll have to get Bert via FB - he bailed from here a couple of years back.
    Cheers I've pinged him there 
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  • noisepolluternoisepolluter Frets: 215
    edited May 31
    I’d be interested. The event will need a slightly scruffy J45 present to counterbalance all the sapient-bog-cactuswood-mini-grand-lute-OOOOOOM shenanigans.

    Away last week August/1st week September, can’t do 1st weekend in July either, but otherwise around  
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  • sev112sev112 Frets: 638
    Yes subject to summer hols :) I was trying to get something similar but was struggling with a venue 
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  • CleckoClecko Frets: 56
    I'd be up for this. 
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  • spark240spark240 Frets: 1193
    Possibly...its about 2hrs for me, whats the actual postcode... 


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  • mgawmgaw Frets: 3221
    could be up for this also....away end of August for a couple of weeks
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  • VimFuegoVimFuego Frets: 7570
    I'm probably out of circulation for the summer at least. Mrs F is in surgery right now (her cancer's back) so she'll still be convalescent for a good few months, and I haven't picked up an instrument for about 3 months now, so rusty as anything. 
    Autumn may work better for me, possibly.

    I'm not locked in here with you, you are locked in here with me.

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  • Winny_PoohWinny_Pooh Frets: 3764
    I'm keen. Have two acoustics and my double bass to bring along with for some tunes.
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  • TimmyOTimmyO Frets: 3888
    spark240 said:
    Possibly...its about 2hrs for me, whats the actual postcode... 
    it's SN5 7YS @spark240 ;
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  • spark240spark240 Frets: 1193
    edited May 31
    TimmyO said:
    spark240 said:
    Possibly...its about 2hrs for me, whats the actual postcode... 
    it's SN5 7YS @spark240 ;;;
    That the right side for me...about 1hr 45min....keep me posted on dates....whats sort of songs you thinking?

    Im all sort from Beatles to Foo fighters, Crowded house, U2, Supertramp, Snow Patrol, Squeeze, ...well anything you like really ..-)   

    Can probably rally a couple of other to attend also if we are short on numbers ( one will sing as well)


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  • fishfingersfishfingers Frets: 36
    Sounds fun, I'd love to come. 
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  • NikcNikc Frets: 285
    Not too far from me :)
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  • jonnyscaramangajonnyscaramanga Frets: 235
    I'm interested. I'm gigging or otherwise engaged every Saturday from now until late September, but a lot of them have late enough starts that I could come to a daytime meet beforehand.
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  • p90foolp90fool Frets: 12466
    Sounds interesting, would love to compare my J-35 to other acoustics, depending when, obviously. 
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  • droflufdrofluf Frets: 66
    What's the format of these events? And what standard of playing is expected? - I've only been playing seriously a few months.
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  • JalapenoJalapeno Frets: 3852
    drofluf said:
    What's the format of these events? And what standard of playing is expected? - I've only been playing seriously a few months.
    If lit's like Tim's previous events, not a problem. It's a geek-in - play or don't play, your choice.
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  • TimmyOTimmyO Frets: 3888
    edited June 3
    Jalapeno said:
    drofluf said:
    What's the format of these events? And what standard of playing is expected? - I've only been playing seriously a few months.
    If lit's like Tim's previous events, not a problem. It's a geek-in - play or don't play, your choice.
    ^ this

    It's a long time since I did a Gearfest/Gearjam (as they came to be known) but the emphasis is on the stuff, seeing hearing about and the opportunity to have a go on other people's stuff. 

    The opportunity to perform for or with the group is there too. 
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  • TimmyOTimmyO Frets: 3888
    Please use this online doohickey to indicate when you could do


    https://doodle.com/poll/wwxp3i3tvqzhukf5

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  • Winny_PoohWinny_Pooh Frets: 3764
    p90fool said:
    Sounds interesting, would love to compare my J-35 to other acoustics, depending when, obviously. 
    I've have my advanced jumbo there (also forward bracing but rosewood & long scale) so if someone also brings a J45 that'd be fun.
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    p90fool said:
    Sounds interesting, would love to compare my J-35 to other acoustics, depending when, obviously. 
    I've have my advanced jumbo there (also forward bracing but rosewood & long scale) so if someone also brings a J45 that'd be fun.
    I have a "J45 Vintage" and @noisepolluter has a regular J45 iirc 
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  • spark240spark240 Frets: 1193
    Any idea of the material we might do ?


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  • danishbacondanishbacon Frets: 538
    I'm down
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  • TimmyOTimmyO Frets: 3888
    TimmyO said:


    a mix of show-and-tell about and have-a-go on each others gear as well as some playing. 


    I just wanted to make sure the above is clear - I do not envisage this being predominantly a performance gathering.

    When we did this in the past, some folk wanted to/were happy to also entertain the troops, and did a number or 2 solo. If you fancy doing something with a chum, that’s obviously cool too, but there’s no list of material or stylistic theme or running order or <all that stuff>

    Come, meet, chat, try each others acoustic stuff. 
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  • fretfinderfretfinder Frets: 2582
    I’d be up for this, depending on date. I’ve got a couple of decent acoustics and could play and sing, if you don’t mind some oafish versions of Neil Young and David Bowie songs, with harmonica too if you’re up for some added caterwauling.  :)
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  • Winny_PoohWinny_Pooh Frets: 3764
    if you don’t mind some oafish versions of Neil Young and David Bowie songs, with harmonica too if you’re up for some added caterwauling.  :)
    When you put it like that, I probably do mind, since you asked...
    An oafish original would be okay :)
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