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Re: My latest obsession

Unread post by slinger » Wed May 29, 2019 2:44 pm

I've got a 2016 Gibson Les Paul Standard and there are no fancy leads involved.
I know Gibson produced some stereo hollow body models (ES-345 & ES-355) but apart from "artist" specials, like the B.B. King "Lucille" I thought they phased them out by the end of the seventies. They were also fitted with a "Varitone" switch, which was almost universally hated. Apparently, people were paying to have their ES-345 TDSV and ES-355 TDSV guitars converted to mono because: a) why faff about with one "special" guitar in your collection and b) they actually sounded better in mono and with the Varitone ripped out. The Varitone switch has popped up since on the odd model here and there I believe.
I may be wrong, but I think that's what I read. Gibson does some weird stuff at times though, and I obviously don't know the specs of every model. There are also some very good fakes out there.
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Re: My latest obsession

Unread post by karatestu » Thu Jun 06, 2019 5:19 pm

Been learning a new song for the covers band.

Arctic Monkeys - i bet you look good on the dance floor. Full of young man attitude is this song. Hope i can pull off the angst despite being in my mid 40's :pray:

It just so happens that i need to learn it for another band. I have agreed to be deputy drummer for a wedding band. Got my first gig with them in August and have 60 songs to learn. I know a few of them already but still a bit of a tall order to learn them in the spare time i have available and play them well. I dont want to look a plank so am looking for the drum music online - if i get stuck then i can always read it.
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Re: My latest obsession

Unread post by karatestu » Tue Jul 09, 2019 6:33 am

Well, now i have so many drums i don't know what do with them. Mostly cheapie's from ebay.

Been learning 2hrs worth of tunes for a wedding / function band. A few really crap tunes amongst them but they will be crowd pleasers. First gig with them at a posh hotel at the end of the month.

Today i am mostly learning I love sausage rolls by Joan Jett :grin:
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Re: My latest obsession

Unread post by slinger » Tue Jul 09, 2019 2:24 pm

...So put another batch in the oven, baby

How did the Arctic Monkeys - I bet you look good on the dance floor - work out for you?
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Re: My latest obsession

Unread post by karatestu » Tue Jul 09, 2019 4:18 pm

slinger wrote:
Tue Jul 09, 2019 2:24 pm
...So put another batch in the oven, baby

How did the Arctic Monkeys - I bet you look good on the dance floor - work out for you?
Hey Slinger. The first 8 bars (which gets repeated later on) took a bit of working out. There are some really fast 16th notes on the snare intermingled with kick drum and hihats. Got there in the end although the youtube video with tab that i looked at was wrong. The rest of the song was a breeze.
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Re: My latest obsession

Unread post by slinger » Tue Jul 09, 2019 8:37 pm

I needed to have another listen to it, but yes, I can see why the first 8 was problematic, to begin with. At least, going at that speed, any "misses" get covered up pretty quickly. :lol: Glad it worked out in the end. Sounds like you're having fun. Long may it last.

Your drum collection sounds like my guitar collection. :lol:
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Re: My latest obsession

Unread post by karatestu » Wed Jul 10, 2019 6:34 am

Sometimes it is a matter of brain training and muscle memory. No, it is always about that with drumming. Take a pattern, fill or whatever and repeat it over and over again to a metronome until your brain and limbs remember. It gets smoother and smoother as you practice more and more until you're doing it like a pro.

It is the same with rudiments - single, double and triple stroke rolls, paradiddles, flams, ruff's, drags, paradiddlediddles etc. They need practicing constantly for them to flow well at speed. There is a lot of work in a back room or locked in a rehearsal room alone that people don't see.

Drums are everywhere here. Good job i have a place to store them all. Four snare drums, my 1990's Premier genista kit (22, 10, 12 & 14") and the 1980's Pearl export stuff 22" kick, 12, 13, 14 &15" hanging toms, 14, 16 and 18" floor toms. The 18" floor sounds awesome. Its the same size as jazz kit bass .drums.
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Re: My latest obsession

Unread post by slinger » Wed Jul 10, 2019 2:29 pm

Drums are a mystery to me. I've played stuff you can pluck, finger, blow, and strum, but never anything that I needed to hit, except in frustration. :lol:
I'm afraid I'm condemned to midi, and bits of software, for eternity. I do understand the need for "repetition" though. I think that applies to most instruments.
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Re: My latest obsession

Unread post by karatestu » Thu Jul 11, 2019 7:32 pm

Had a rehearsal with new wedding band. It went really well and they could tell i had done my homework. Had to learn 2hrs worth of songs :shock:

First dance for the next gig is Aerosmith - Don't want to lick your minge. :grin: What a truly awful song but i guess its a good slowy for the newly weds.
Another one we are playing is Mark Ronson & Amy Winehouse - Why dont ya come all over Valerie :grin:
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Re: My latest obsession

Unread post by slinger » Thu Jul 11, 2019 7:50 pm

You can always tell which songs a band likes playing the least by the puns they make out of the titles. :lol:

My contribution to the canon was The Righteous Brothers' "Unrestrained Monotony". We also did a couple of Rock 'n' Roll Medleys Muddlies.
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