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  • guitarjack66guitarjack66 Frets: 1843
    I think body adjusts after some time. My drummer is sort of functioning alcoholic, like 10 beers a day. But he takes a piss no more often than us.
    A doctor's appointment would do him good. The results of a blood test would no doubt find kidney problems.
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  • guitarjack66guitarjack66 Frets: 1843
    Relax...
    Don't do it...
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  • Usually have 1 drink before I play then 1 drink after as normally driving the gear home once we've played! But recent shows I've not had a chance to get a drink in, not that it makes any difference to my performance haha.
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  • G4peiG4pei Frets: 7
    Ignore the picking hand at your peril

    Let your solos breathe, just like a singer, leave space for breathing


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  • RockerRocker Frets: 4978
    The lead singer in your band is the one who (mainly) makes the connection with the audience and is potentially your star striker.  Do whatever it takes to make your lead singer look and sound good.

    Don't be afraid to turn up your amplifier.  Especially if you play bass.  At a practice session recently, I noticed that I played one of our songs a half step down but nobody commented on this.  I increased the volume a fair bit and at the session end the lead guitarist complimented me on my bass playing and how it had helped him with his playing.

    Appearances do matter.  Not as in what you wear or what guitar you play but how you interact with the other band members.  Remember to laugh at the jokes the lead singer tells the audience [even if you have heard them a hundred times before].  Look impressed at a solo played by another band member whatever instrument he/she plays.

    Change your guitar strings frequently.

    Keep your guitar in tune.
    Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. [Albert Einstein]

    Nil Satis Nisi Optimum

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  • CoffeeAndTVCoffeeAndTV Frets: 433
    Have a good time, all the time.
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  • RickLucasRickLucas Frets: 401
    Vibrato.
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  • sev112sev112 Frets: 2760
    Lebarque said:
    sev112 said:
    1 standard pattern and 2 rules gives you every scale and mode all over the neck
    What is this sorcery you speak of?
    I suppose it’s 3 notes per string 

    starting lower strings to high, the diatonic scale and all the modes (as a result) all follow this pattern
    1 3 5 (frets starting from whatever root note or modal home you choose)
    then next string 
    1 3 5 , then
    1 3 5
    1 2 4
    1 2 4
    1 3 4
    1 3 4 and then continue 135 135 135 again ad infinitum for as many strings as you’ve got 
    The 2 Rules, are when moving from 135 to 124 move left hand up a fret 
    and when moving onto the B string , move up a fret.

    if you want a Major scale you start with 135 135 (then 124 etc)
    You want Mixolydian you start with 135 135 135
    You want Aeolian start 134 134 
    Dorian start 134 135
    Lydian 135 125

    You can start anywhere on the neck, any string any fret.


    Sounds quite complex but it taught me the fretboard really quickly after years and years of playing and not knowing it.


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  • sev112 said:
    Lebarque said:
    sev112 said:
    1 standard pattern and 2 rules gives you every scale and mode all over the neck
    What is this sorcery you speak of?
    I suppose it’s 3 notes per string 

    starting lower strings to high, the diatonic scale and all the modes (as a result) all follow this pattern
    1 3 5 (frets starting from whatever root note or modal home you choose)
    then next string 
    1 3 5 , then
    1 3 5
    1 2 4
    1 2 4
    1 3 4
    1 3 4 and then continue 135 135 135 again ad infinitum for as many strings as you’ve got 
    The 2 Rules, are when moving from 135 to 124 move left hand up a fret 
    and when moving onto the B string , move up a fret.

    if you want a Major scale you start with 135 135 (then 124 etc)
    You want Mixolydian you start with 135 135 135
    You want Aeolian start 134 134 
    Dorian start 134 135
    Lydian 135 125

    You can start anywhere on the neck, any string any fret.


    Sounds quite complex but it taught me the fretboard really quickly after years and years of playing and not knowing it.


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  • LewyLewy Frets: 4181
    edited January 31
    Reverb is a massive part of tone. If you can't dial in the sound in your head, check it's not because you're using the wrong type of ambience. If things are sounding muddy or dark, see what adding a bright reverb does. 
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  • dbviragodbvirago Frets: 1
    Quit trying to learn too many things at once. Quit jumping from one shiny toy to the next. Ashamed to say it has taken me almost 4 years to get this through my head. Working on one or two things at a time now and making huge progress.
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  • YorkieYorkie Frets: 1492
    For some reason, I can't play expressively through headphones. My playing was absolute rubbish until I ditched the headphones. I have the Peavey Bandit to thank for that – no headphone out. One of the very few times I've been able to adapt to change as opposed to trying to invalidate change itself.
    Adopted northerner with Asperger syndrome. I sometimes struggle with empathy and sarcasm – please bear with me.   
    My trading feedback: https://www.thefretboard.co.uk/discussion/210335/yorkie

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  • When rehearsing ( and performing) make a concerted effort to actually listen to what the rest of the band are playing. Sounds obvious but i think, me  especially, have been guilty of concentrating so much on my guitar playing the timing has gone astray.
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  • midiman1962midiman1962 Frets: 100
    edited February 10
    Here’s mine 
    1. You’re probably a better guitar player than you think.
    2. There will always be a better guitar player than you.
    3. Embracing and mastering all guitar styles (plectrum and alternate thumb and pick for instance ) is going to potentially be a big ask
    4. A band with a virtuoso will rebook more frequently.
    5. Re: 4 work out whether you are happy to “accommodate “ this person and associated issues in your band.
    6. If you can sing at all you’re probably better than you think.
    7. Triads are worth knowing 
    8. Don’t use music stands 
    9. Keyboard players can’t front bands ,Elton and John Mayall excluded.
    10. Some knowledge of music theory helps.
    11. Nice people in bands trump prima donnas as you get older.

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  • HAL9000HAL9000 Frets: 9661

    2. There will always be a better guitar player than you.

    Indeed. Took me a little while to realise that performing isn’t a competition. It’s about making music and enjoying it.
    I play guitar because I enjoy it rather than because I’m any good at it
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  • BezzerBezzer Frets: 583
    Couple of live ones.

    1. What I hear on stage is significantly less important than what people hear in the audience.
    2. Playing lots is ace but sometimes playing nothing is better.
    3. Loop the bloody cable through the strap, you've known this for years and still don't do it every time.
    4. If there's no sound you (or your singer) have probably stepped on the tuner.
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  • CaseOfAceCaseOfAce Frets: 1328
    Aiming to be a singer first (even if not an outstanding one) and a guitarist second. Out of all the things I've done to try and take Player 1 to the next level this has been it. 

    Stupidly obvious. Takes effort. Truly rewarding.
    ...she's got Dickie Davies eyes...
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  • BenSirAmosBenSirAmos Frets: 410

    8. Don’t use music stands 


    This is a tricky one for me - I can't read the lyrics when they are on the floor. Much better to have them on a stand
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  • RolandRoland Frets: 8701

    8. Don’t use music stands 


    This is a tricky one for me - I can't read the lyrics when they are on the floor. Much better to have them on a stand
    Even better to have them in your head.
    Tree recycler, and guitarist with  https://www.undercoversband.com/.
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  • Roland said:

    8. Don’t use music stands 


    This is a tricky one for me - I can't read the lyrics when they are on the floor. Much better to have them on a stand
    Even better to have them in your head.
    I cant even remember what I walked into the next room for. Kudos for those of you who can remember such stuff. 
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