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#1 MintyDave

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Posted 30 January 2011 - 11:16 PM

Have been doing PA for the mrs' band recently and am inspired to start playing (guitar) again.

There has been a small surge and need for informal pub acoustic nights and im getting hooked.
Trouble is im stuck for inspiration for fun tunes. I dont want pretencious singer songwriter dross, somebody else does that, neither do i want anything too cheesy.

current tracks im working on include
valerie - zutons
easy - faith no more
sweet home alabama/all summer long - lynyrd skynyrd/kid rock
You've got the love - florence and the machine
substitute - the who
nothing ever happens - del amitri (bit slow but nice)
one way - levellers
paradise by the dashboard light - meatloaf

One guy finishes his set with American pie (played perfectly may i add) and thats hard to follow.

it has been a good PR exercise for me as everywhere we go i do my best to get a good sound with a few complimentary lights and always happen to have a few business cards to hand whistling.gif

so if you have any ideas that would be great. something well known in bluesy and country styles would be nice.

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Posted 31 January 2011 - 12:31 AM

QUOTE(MintyDave @ Jan 30 2011, 11:15 PM) View Post

Have been doing PA for the mrs' band recently and am inspired to start playing (guitar) again.

There has been a small surge and need for informal pub acoustic nights and im getting hooked.
Trouble is im stuck for inspiration for fun tunes. I dont want pretencious singer songwriter dross, somebody else does that, neither do i want anything too cheesy.

current tracks im working on include
valerie - zutons
easy - faith no more
sweet home alabama/all summer long - lynyrd skynyrd/kid rock
You've got the love - florence and the machine
substitute - the who
nothing ever happens - del amitri (bit slow but nice)
one way - levellers
paradise by the dashboard light - meatloaf

One guy finishes his set with American pie (played perfectly may i add) and thats hard to follow.

it has been a good PR exercise for me as everywhere we go i do my best to get a good sound with a few complimentary lights and always happen to have a few business cards to hand whistling.gif

so if you have any ideas that would be great. something well known in bluesy and country styles would be nice.

Dave


Personally I think a good classic blues belter like Mannish Boy would be a great start to a set - and done with a bit of attitude you wouldn't have to worry about what the previous act finished with!

The Who's - Squeeze box also springs to mind.

Fleetwood Mac (well their cover of) - Need Your Love So Bad for a slower blues.

Stevie Wonder - Superstition

Blind Melon - No Rain


I'll ponder on some more....









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Posted 31 January 2011 - 10:32 AM

Zeppelin!


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Posted 31 January 2011 - 10:39 AM

nobody's fault but mine was originally a blues song that Zeppelin re worked.
Doesn't meet your "fun" criteria though ..bit depressing



These might be worth a listen to

Faith - George Michael
Same jeans - The View
Mr Rock n roll - Amy Mc Donald
This is the Life Amy mc Donald
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#5 MintyDave

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Posted 31 January 2011 - 10:58 AM

QUOTE(funkymook @ Jan 31 2011, 12:31 AM) View Post

Personally I think a good classic blues belter like Mannish Boy would be a great start to a set - and done with a bit of attitude you wouldn't have to worry about what the previous act finished with!

The Who's - Squeeze box also springs to mind.

Fleetwood Mac (well their cover of) - Need Your Love So Bad for a slower blues.

Stevie Wonder - Superstition

Blind Melon - No Rain
I'll ponder on some more....


Cool, love the fletewood song

QUOTE(Gary (GDK) @ Jan 31 2011, 10:31 AM) View Post

Zeppelin!


immigrant song?


QUOTE(Robster @ Jan 31 2011, 10:39 AM) View Post

nobody's fault but mine was originally a blues song that Zeppelin re worked.
Doesn't meet your "fun" criteria though ..bit depressing



These might be worth a listen to

Faith - George Michael
Same jeans - The View
Mr Rock n roll - Amy Mc Donald
This is the Life Amy mc Donald


somebody already does amy mac and the view.

Begs the question Rob - why are you faffing about spinning tracks when you should be in the broadway production of the commitments??

Have been rattling throught Mustang sally this morning but am struggling to find the right key for me. Unfortunately i am a b# kind of guy. (for the non muso, the note and corresponding scales b# or Cb as some would prefer is non existant!)

Albatross is the kind of song can sing.

Edited by MintyDave, 31 January 2011 - 11:00 AM.

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Posted 31 January 2011 - 04:40 PM

QUOTE(MintyDave @ Jan 31 2011, 10:58 AM) View Post


Begs the question Rob - why are you faffing about spinning tracks when you should be in the broadway production of the commitments??


Now , now no need to take the extract the urine huh.gif

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#7 MintyDave

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Posted 31 January 2011 - 05:15 PM

QUOTE(Robster @ Jan 31 2011, 04:40 PM) View Post

Now , now no need to take the extract the urine huh.gif


seriously im not taking anything Rob, i have seen a few of your videos now and you have got a hellish voice. down side is that bands split the nights money.

have you never considered it?
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Posted 31 January 2011 - 05:59 PM

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seriously im not taking anything Rob, i have seen a few of your videos now and you have got a hellish voice. down side is that bands split the nights money.

have you never considered it?


I have never been able to find dedicated , reliable band members , most do it for laughs and beer money and want to wing stuff with next to zero practice. I do like to be prepared for stuff , but I cant seem to find people who are like minded. I Have thought about it but went no where unfortunately.

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Posted 31 January 2011 - 07:47 PM

QUOTE(Robster @ Jan 31 2011, 05:59 PM) View Post

I have never been able to find dedicated , reliable band members , most do it for laughs and beer money and want to wing stuff with next to zero practice. I do like to be prepared for stuff , but I cant seem to find people who are like minded. I Have thought about it but went no where unfortunately.


it is a case of either full on or what you have described round here, everybody moans about wanting be a rockstar but would rather watch footy or something daft than go to rehearsals. its been over 10 year since i last tried. shame really as we had a good little setup but never got past 3rd reheasal.
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Posted 31 January 2011 - 08:46 PM

one of the reasons i am a kj.. i bring my own "band" and i can rely on me and there's no one to split the fee with apart from the tax man and her in doors.

A lot of musicians talk a lot but when they get down to it they are often prima donnas or not as good as they think they are , want 20 min drum or guitar solos in every song and never turn up for rehearsal so i have given it a miss , its a shame as i feel i have a lot to contribute to the right band members.
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Posted 01 February 2011 - 09:38 AM

QUOTE(Robster @ Jan 31 2011, 08:46 PM) View Post

one of the reasons i am a kj.. i bring my own "band" and i can rely on me and there's no one to split the fee with apart from the tax man and her in doors.

A lot of musicians talk a lot but when they get down to it they are often prima donnas or not as good as they think they are , want 20 min drum or guitar solos in every song and never turn up for rehearsal so i have given it a miss , its a shame as i feel i have a lot to contribute to the right band members.


IMHO, you add something to the evening being able to belt out a few songs too - You're not just another KJ, but a performer and entertainer. I've witnessed Rob sing and its very good - can also be a welcome relief to the ears! thumbup.gif

I really must get myself down to the Village on a Thursday again soon :)

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Posted 01 February 2011 - 11:36 AM

kind words but there's a world of difference singing the odd song on karaoke and doing a set with backing tracks and then a leap again performing with a band.I always wanted to see if i had that ability never been able to get a band that were serious enough to practice properly or even turn up to rehearsals ..they want to jam on the night and it'll be all right sort of attitude.. not my way at all !

I am careful of not trying to look a show off (sometimes i may not do as intended) or steal a show , so if i have singers who take themselves seriously i tend not to sing and get them up ..if its full of people wanting a laugh , then I sing , when the rotation gets slow to pick the tempo of the atmosphere up.I do feel its harder if you dont/wont sing at all as a KJ especially with duet requests

There are many gigs where i do not sing at all and some where I feel like an artist from requests , I was pestered for a while to keep doing Nessun Dorma ..knackered my voice a bit and got boring real quickly and was a pain for audience members not into opera.

Gadget your always welcome Matey but bring your wheel barrow with money a pint of Peroni is 4.75!

I do a duet with a gay lad of ne yo's closer now that knocks the audiences socks off.. he is awesome and i have tried to mentor him to be an artist but he doesn't have the drive..
what's with people ? why are so many afraid of grafting? , putting in hard work now for future benefits rather than do nothing and live off benefits!
many talented people fall into the latter category and don't see there potential from my experience.


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Posted 01 February 2011 - 12:25 PM

QUOTE(Robster @ Feb 1 2011, 11:35 AM) View Post


what's with people ? why are so many afraid of grafting? , putting in hard work now for future benefits rather than do nothing and live off benefits!



Thats what i despise about most of the pop idol x factor entrants, how many give it, its all i have got i want to make it, i want to get out of wher ei live etc etc. where are they on a friday night, sat watching corrie?

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Posted 01 February 2011 - 12:50 PM

best advice i can give after doing years as a bass player doing the circuit etc is to put yourself into the mindset of someone who has had 5-10 pints and is watching the artist.

when youve been drinking you want to hear:

a) something you know (no point playing obscure stuff)
b) something with a feel good factor
c) something you can sit in your chair and sing too (badly, in my case!)

bonus point for:

d) something that fits all of the above that you never hear played live.

a few we did:

Laid - James
Suspicious minds - Elvis
johnny b goode - chuck berry
cult - she slls sanctuary
killers - mr brightside
take me out - franz ferdinand
oasis - champagne supernova


just a few ideas - if you want to set yourself apart from the others, play well known stuff that no one else does - ie avoid all the cliches etc

good luck with it whatever you choose.
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Posted 01 February 2011 - 03:25 PM

QUOTE(sparklingdiscos @ Feb 1 2011, 12:50 PM) View Post

best advice i can give after doing years as a bass player doing the circuit etc is to put yourself into the mindset of someone who has had 5-10 pints and is watching the artist.

when youve been drinking you want to hear:

a) something you know (no point playing obscure stuff)
b) something with a feel good factor
c) something you can sit in your chair and sing too (badly, in my case!)

bonus point for:

d) something that fits all of the above that you never hear played live.

a few we did:

Laid - James
Suspicious minds - Elvis
johnny b goode - chuck berry
cult - she slls sanctuary
killers - mr brightside
take me out - franz ferdinand
oasis - champagne supernova
just a few ideas - if you want to set yourself apart from the others, play well known stuff that no one else does - ie avoid all the cliches etc

good luck with it whatever you choose.



I heard someone do a blinding acoustic Johhny B Goode once - they did it as a slower country blues.




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