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side-swipeTelecaster

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Apr 1st, 2019 08:27 PM   Edit   Profile  

The constant flow of common regulars and different "never been here before" musicians and people coming to watch makes for a VERY different & diverse scene from Sunday to Sunday.... LOTS of fun and the venue itself has created special groups and projects that continue to play out there at the open mic---and as well are now happening outside of the open mic...

Most times it is a good time whether it be busy or a bit quiet----but one of my biggest pet peeves are the sometimes EXTREMELY drunk patrons and/or musicians who become obnoxious and/or have BAD social boundaries..............


(This message was last edited by side-swipeTelecaster at 07:04 PM, Apr 2nd, 2019)

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Just beyond Mars

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Apr 1st, 2019 08:59 PM   Edit   Profile  

I attend one on Tuesday nights.

The band that "hosts" the OM does a pretty good job of it and everyone gets along well...there are no egos and no divas (men or women). Some of the talent is pretty dang good too.

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Apr 1st, 2019 09:17 PM   Edit   Profile  

I attend one as well. A good host knows how to spot trouble and handle it discreetly.

I don't know what it is about blues jams but it does seem to attract the occasional guy with a substance abuse issue.

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Apr 2nd, 2019 06:06 AM   Edit   Profile  

In my neck of the woods, open mics vary widely in the quality of the performers. As you'd expect, the better host bands attract the best guest performers. Other host bands can have to deal with off key singing, bad timing, terrible drummers and guys like me on guitar.

But, really, over all, open mics can be a lot of fun and a chance for the "bedroom" players to have a bit of stage time. After many open mics, I've landed up playing regular gigs with some very talented people.

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Just beyond Mars

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Apr 2nd, 2019 09:37 AM   Edit   Profile  

"...and guys like me on guitar."

I'm right there with you, Greg. I like playing with more talented folks because it forces me to up my game. Sometimes it's downright intimidating, but they *have* to let me play with them because thems the rules :o)

The Tuesday evening OM I attend is hosted by a guy and his band that advertises "it's not a blues jam," because there are already too many of those happening. I'm not a fan of standing around with MAWGs in Crocs, cargo shorts and bowling shirts playing 15-minute versions of Can't You See and Mustang Sally.

It's the reason I go to this one because we can pull out stuff from Billy Joel to The Ramones to hairband stuff and the crowd is into it. However, on slow nights when there are few participants, he and his band play mostly blues stuff :o| Oy!

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Apr 2nd, 2019 02:59 PM   Edit   Profile  

I've been going fairly regularly (at one point, every week) to my local open mic night, for about 12 years.

It's in a small pub in a small village but it attracts some great players. At one point "regulars" included an international multi-award winning blues/ rock guitarist, a metal guitarist who once played in front of over 100,000 people in a single gig, and a great rock player with top Pro gear (60's Fenders and Gibsons, Bogner amp).

Unfortunately about 3-4 years ago, a couple of the above, plus a male and female vocalist virtually took the night over, and no matter how good they were, they weren't as God like as they thought they were. Funnily enough none of them turn up now, and to be honest, the night's better off without them ;-)

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Apr 2nd, 2019 09:23 PM   Edit   Profile  

Fun OM tonight. We played ZZ Top, Everclear, Tommy Tutone, Greg Kihn, ARS, Better Than Ezra, CCR, Tom Petty, and a bunch of other stuff. Only one drunk guy, and he came up and sang a Kid Rock tune...not too badly!

Very small crowd and just a few players; the rain kept most folks home, I think.

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Apr 6th, 2019 08:00 AM   Edit   Profile  

This reminds me that I need to "get out" and go to one this week.
A funny story:
I had an amusing experience when I attended an open mic in Providence, RI a couple of years ago.

It was the usual: host band (g/b/drums), sign-up sheet, and the hosts puts bands together after the 1st set. All participants were nice people.

The host was a young guitarist that made it a point to "tear it up" when he solo'd on each tune.
As the only sax player (I brought by baritone sax) that night, the host said that I could stay on the stage and play as long as I like...

The evening progressed and different singers (mostly) came up. The host(guitarist) ripping through his licks on every song. Most of the tunes were in E so I had to solo in C#...(seven #'s)..

At one point, a gal singer came up and picked a tune (which the players knew) but she wanted it in the key of Eb.
On this tune, the host (guitarist) backed way down and didn't even solo on the song.....
I, on the other hand, was now in the key of C (for me)... Eb concert is a great key for horns to solo in btw.

The host was impressed that I could solo in Eb.... I didn't have the heart to tell his that it was the easiest key for me....SHHHHHHH!!! lol




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Apr 6th, 2019 10:23 AM   Edit   Profile  

Fun-nee! Many guitarists have trouble playing in Eb unless they down-tune a half step.

Learn them chords and positions, you guitar players.

It's embarrassing to have a *sax player* wipe the floor with you!

:o)

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Apr 6th, 2019 02:29 PM   Edit   Profile  

We have a few folks that capo relentlessly. More than once I’ve seen them capo up or down and play in a different key for vocal range but when you check out why they are capoing up 2 steps and changing the key down two steps Chord wise I kind of get tickled.
I capo up a step or two mainly because of the sound of the guitar is more suited to the tune that way.
I learned not to take a baritone guitar to a jam. It sounds cool with the other guitars till they start looking at your left hand and following you chord for chord not catching they are off the key.


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Apr 8th, 2019 08:54 AM   Edit   Profile  

Peegoo is correct. Learn it. At first it kinda throws you off but it's really not that difficult.

Awhile back my guys insisted on doing "Soulshine" close to original. Since it's in Bb the 'boxes' don't always line up.

But once went ahead and slogged through and figured out positions I found I could do it for any song like that.

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Apr 10th, 2019 09:31 AM   Edit   Profile  

I play two different O/M's every week and really enjoy it.

I play solo acoustic, but sometimes have a woman join me for harmonies. The women are also regulars and I know what they can add to my performance.

Lots of fun every week!

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Apr 10th, 2019 11:04 AM   Edit   Profile  

I sometimes play solo acoustic, but more often play in a band context, either in a loosely put together scratchband, or I'm happy to get up and busk with anyone *if I know the song*.

What frequently happens though is I get dragged up to play with drunks on songs that I don't know, and it usually doesn't end well :-(

That said, I got to play an unbelievable guitar a couple of weeks ago; the host brought his cherry red Tokai Japan ES335, and I played it at the end of the night, it absolutely blew me away like no other guitar I've ever played, featherlight, neck profile was perfect for me, looked great and sounded amazing. It was so good I checked them out on eBay as soon as I got home. Cheapest one I could find was £1,800 :-(

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Apr 10th, 2019 11:38 AM   Edit   Profile  

Ayns, that's another problem of playing open mics: you get to see and hear gear you may not be familiar with :^o

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Apr 10th, 2019 12:18 PM   Edit   Profile  

Yeah, I've ended up lusting after a Bogner Shiva, AxeFx, Kemper, and various other gear after playing at our open mic.

I also played an original '62 Strat, which I didn't realise until *after* I'd played it. I would never have guessed. I *wasn't* blown away.

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