More than just: ‘Let’s do this…’
It can be a great illusion when people frefer to members of a band as: ‘Players’… To say that we ‘play’ an instrument is an understatement. Good Musicians let their instruments play with them! Just look at what you can set up on an amp now-a-days, and you begin to get some idea of the different set ups and effects one can achieve. This is my larger ‘Pevey’ amp. It pumps out 30 watts (whats?). Well it does some serious power amping, and can sound ranchy, normal, echo, time delay, and a host of other combinations. This is definately an amp you find yourself fiddling with a lot! So for one thing, you have to be a bit of a technician. It does have a memory bank listed at the bottom of the picture above, as presets 1, 2, 3, and 4… That way, you can easily flip to a sound you need. To start to find a normal sound, you have to start by setting your ‘stompbox to: ‘Bypass’ so no effect is in fact in effect. There’s a bypass on the ‘effects’ knob as well…
Touch and Percision
I prefer greatly to play an electric guitar as apposed to an accustic one for a few reasons. One of which is that the action (how close the strings are to the neck), is far better. The strings are more flexible on an electric, and because of the many sounds and stumming techniques that just won’t work well with an accustic guitar. Yet this is the least expensive of my worries. It is an Epiphoine copy of a Les Paul, and cost me $700 three years ago. His name is : ‘Edward’…
This is: ‘Clairabelle’ She’s been my girl for 22 years now. She’ has great curves and comes onto me more often than not! She is a special addition Martin. Only 24 of these were made. She uses up a lot of my energy, so I like to use her for soft songs of romance and murder… This guitar, I bought in Detriot for $3500 American. Sometimes we have sex when nobody’s lookin!
Singing can be exhausting! Some songs are so fast, that you are literally tapped of breath by the time you finish them! However, I seem to bewitch myself when I sing, which only adds to the flavor of my voice. I’m greatly pleased how quiting smoking so greatly improved my depth and range! As any real band member will tell you: playing music while you sing, is really a form of exercise.
Then There’s the Getting Along Part
Sometimes I just wanna rip their heads off
Above is a picture of Two Dogs and me… Notice that he’s left handed so our guitars face in oposite directions. Sometimes Two Dogs refuses to harmonize, or looses it or something. So I like to call him: ‘Tone deaf…’ Sometimes he looses where he’s going on guitar as well, and it really pops my cork!
Here is a picture of The Mad Man’s drums… Sort of… He does have a big set with lots of symbols, and sometimes a tamborine on the high hat. Him I have to correct when he tries to tell use what amps to use. Two Dogs Bass amp puts out 120 watts. There’s no reason he needs to use my equipment. So I tell him to go wait for a bus! ‘Find an Out-house to sniff!’ Something… If he starts shouting at me, I just smile and it makes him laugh.
Timing is Everything
No! It’s 1, 2, 3, 4!
I would rather be out of tune and in time than the other way round. If you aren’t ‘tight’ as a band, you may just as well pack up and go home. There are six amps because we use two for mics… Our dream is to get a real PA system and a Mixer. The Mad Man is apparently going to buy the PA system and have Two Dogs and me pay him back our share on a payment plan. Boy! Will he ever be mad when we tell him we only have a grand total of $1.27!
Here is a gallery of print sized jpgs., inluding these, in case you want to print anything or shink it to desktop size, sell them and make a small fortune. I wouldn’t mind a few million bucks of my own ya know! I’ll bet you every band’s favorite Beatle song is: ‘The One After 909′ LOL! Apparently, the band: The Decrepits’ will have a new member soon.