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After months of nagging me to HIT THE @$#%! STRINGS HARD ALREADY, Dan actually turned my amp down today. He's apparently been doing this surreptitiously for a while now.

I guess that means I'm doing it loudly enough. (-:
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This is SUCH a bad time to have blisters on my fingers.

Or to be having an altercation with a lead guitarist who is, at this point, Just Showing Off.
dianec42: Close-up of an electric bass guitar (Bass)
I learned a new song today (Cheap Trick's "I Want You to Want Me"). I was having trouble making myself heard (that big amp has too many knobs, sorry!), and Dan played a really dirty trick on me:

First he turned me WAY UP, then he handed me a pick and said, "Here, try this." The resulting sound, obviously, knocked everyone's socks off.

It wasn't until like 15 minutes later, when we started working on a much mellower tune (Clapton's "Change The World") that I realised just HOW MUCH he'd turned me up. No wonder we could all suddenly hear me.

Evil, but effective. Today, it's definitely HIS turn to be the evil twin...
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The topic of the fast-food chain Wienerschnitzel came up at the lunch table today, entirely at random.

I made the mistake of actually sharing an anecdote of work-related Wienerschnitzel-ness. Dan then proceeded to try to out-weird me. There were innocent bystanders. It was bad.
dianec42: Joshua tree against a blue sky (Christmas party)
"I don't know how to deal with this, and that's okay."
dianec42: Joshua tree against a blue sky (Christmas party)
More jamming today. I sort-of learned a new song (some moldy oldie about waiting for a bus? possibly ZZ Top) and failed to learn a couple of others. It turns out I learn better if some people in the room already know the song. (In other words, I learn better from Dan yelling at me than from listening to a recording. Go figure.) Once again I played through the PA and once again I was turned up as loud as I would go and could not particularly hear myself. I think this is all part of Dan's fiendish plot to force me to use proper techniques and actually stroke through. Some people are just mean.

A certain amount of off-the-cuff jamming also took place. Jim and Dan seem to have the guitarist mind-meld thing going on, and I'm finally learning to tap into that. (Of course the drummer just gets to do whatever the hell he wants because none of us will know any better... and as the bass player, I have a similar degree of freedom.) I have also learned that when in doubt, it's probably in the key of A. Or at least that's usually a harmless place to start.

Really must get over this damned cold so I can attempt the Pat Benatar stuff. I think I set myself back a couple of days by singing along in the car this morning.

We are also continuing our tradition of covering weird covers of otherwise reasonable songs. There is a 311 cover of the Cure's "Lovesong" that I am greatly looking forward to covering -- the main plot twist is that one of the guitar leads has been moved to the bass! Several people seem to think I can do this, so who am I to disagree with them? And I am suddenly looking forward to ordering the guitar tab version of it from the nice sheet music people online...
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So around 11:00 I got an email from our fearless leader Jim, saying that "we" were getting together at lunchtime and jamming. This was news to me, and I replied saying I didn't have my bass with me, but maybe I could sing or something...

Wackiness ensued. )

That was fun! And no one clutched their head like a stunned monkey at my vocals on the playback except for me. Yay!
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Office Christmas Generic Politically Correct Non-Denominational Holday party was last night.

The red dress was a hit. The bass solo was cheered. All stuff was put away and everyone was sound asleep by 1:30 AM because we are all getting old.

You know you want to click here )

I have actually thanked [livejournal.com profile] stuartc for bringing me to this strange place with these strange people. (Yes, he laughed at me.) Best of all, he is perfectly happy to be a band widow for another year -- something about taking my aggressions out on them instead of him, which I didn't really follow but it sounds like a plan to me. (-:
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Further musical bonding continues to take place. I've demonstrated that I *can* pay attention during guitar solos and do the right things. Can occasionally do the same during bass solos, but not on command.

Lead guitarist who periodically reminds me that Everything Is Going To Be Okay is right... whenever he's at practice, everything is fine because everyone does stuff our way. When he's not there, things tend to get a bit shouty. Oh well. He'll be there at the party on Saturday and that's what matters. (And yes, it is amusing when we disagree. Why do you ask?)
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I was actually BOUNCING at practice today! $BOY_GUITARIST is right, it really is all going to be okay.

uh oh

Nov. 23rd, 2005 09:51 am
dianec42: Joshua tree against a blue sky (Snooch Scream)
Came in to work this morning and found that my "It's going to be OK" post-it had half dropped off of my monitor. Hope this isn't some kind of omen.

(Have applied sticky tape to make damn sure it stays!)
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(in which the observations go round and round until the music stops, then they all sit down... no wait...)

* I love it when a plan comes together. (In particular, I love it when I listen to a tune just before practice and work out bits of it; then approach the practice room and hear the same recording blasting through the PA while the lead guitarist is doing the exact same thing.)

* Practice got considerably less productive when a second guitarist showed up. Oh well.

* Yesterday's impulse sheet music purchase is ALSO COMPLETE BOLLOCKS. I may have just paid 22 bucks to learn that I should be playing an F where I was previously playing a B-flat.

* There is a certain kind of guitar strap that I am a complete idiot and don't know how to use. Sadly, I also impulse-purchased one of those yesterday.

* Yesterday's question of "We've got something, now what the hell is it?" has been answered. So did the attendant questions of "How the hell did we end up THERE?!" and "How do we get out again after that?"

* I CAN sing and play at the same time, at least well enough to keep us all on track. Hey, somebody had to do it.

* I can also bounce while playing, at least intermittently. Given the shoes I'll be wearing, I'm really hoping that won't be a requirement.
dianec42: Close-up of an electric bass guitar (Bass)
Actual spontaneous jamming broke out yesterday. We were (and technically still are) trying to figure out the chord progression for the fadeout of that fine Police tune "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic"; Dan had found something he thought was it, but no-one could work it into the actual song. The next thing I know, we're playing the song and Dan and I are actually playing the same thing. Everyone else sort of tailed off in stunned or confused disbelief -- I nearly did too!

"Don't stop, we've got it!"
"We've got something... what the hell is it?"
dianec42: Close-up of an electric bass guitar (Bass)
A thing which I'm not sure whether to consider good or bad:

The band has bonded to the point where spontaneous filking occurs. Usually when things are already going wrong.

(Now if we can just get my [male] evil twin to STOP singing the No Doubt stuff... I wonder if they make microphones with remotes...)
dianec42: Close-up of an electric bass guitar (Bass)
Good news: I'm starting to get the calluses back. (Well, one callus anyway. There was a lot of Santana yesterday... "Someone please wake me when we're done!")

This should make practicing 2 days in a row interesting. At least I'm not one of those right-handed freaks who use the mouse left-handed. That would make using the trackpad kind of horrible.

Irritating news: The local branch of Guitar Center is nigh useless, and the parking lot is a nightmare. (Yeah yeah yeah, at least it HAS a parking lot... that's just a setup for frustration and disappointment, trust me on this one.)

Mother-of-all-mixed-blessings news: There are few things more inspiring, or more humbling, than watching someone much more skilled than yourself give your 5-string a good proper seeing-to. Oh well, something to aspire to I guess. It's important to have role models.

(And yes, in my head, the white boys are STILL playing that funky music.)

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