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FDP Forum / Performer's Corner / Ever have a gig where you just couldn't get it right? I did, last night.

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American Patriot

About as ordinary as you can get.
Jul 21st, 2019 06:50 PM   Edit   Profile  

Weather was sweltering hot and very uncomfortable while we set up our equipment. Tried to practice and that did go fairly well. We had a guest guitar player who I knew. He is a pretty good guitar player but not really for a country band. Well, I think his presence threw me off as I was the "other" guitar player in the band. Just couldn't get things to go well most of the night. For one thing, I forgot to tune my acoustic guitar. When I needed the acoustic, the guys had to wait for me to get tuned up. Next, one of my Fender Princeton Reverb amps went out. It got so hot, I thought it might burst into flames. Never seen an amp that hot. Glad I had a spare last night and it did a good job the rest of the night. Most of my lead and fill work was ok but I just didn't feel comfortable with my playing. My right hand tremors really played a part in my playing last night. It's hard to play a lead when your right hand is shaking and you can do nothing about it.
Well, that's about it unless I can remember some other things that happened last night.
Oh yes, the extra guitar player was supposed to be taking the place of our steel guitar play who is in the early stages of Alzheimer's.

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Jul 21st, 2019 07:42 PM   Edit   Profile  

Gah. Getting old can really suck sometimes.

When I played outside in the heat I always had a small fan blowing into the back of my amp because many years ago the same thing happened to me: the amp got so hot it shut down.

The good news is when you have a real stinky gig, it can only get better next time :o)

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South Florida

Jul 22nd, 2019 09:03 AM   Edit   Profile  

There is also this thing about where we are our worst critics. How did the crowd respond?

Shaky out of time playing? Meh...sounds like a typical Grateful Dead performance.

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American Patriot

About as ordinary as you can get.
Jul 22nd, 2019 09:26 AM   Edit   Profile  

Well, I plugged in the Princeton that got hot and it seems to be pretty normal today. The only thing I now notice is the 2nd 6V6 flickers when I turn on the Vibrato on the amp. The amp did not get hot like it did Sat. night. I played it for about 15 min. May need to test it for a longer period.
Maybe a bad/sick 6V6 (JJ)?

Larry, we had a huge crowd and they gave us very positive feedback (applause) after just about every song. Maybe it was just me being in a funk over my sick Princeton.

(This message was last edited by BbendFender at 11:28 AM, Jul 22nd, 2019)

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Itchy finger on the outrage trigger
Jul 22nd, 2019 09:30 AM   Edit   Profile  

I have and I'd also suspect I would have more of these if I were still gigging. David Milch's comment about aging being "an accumulation of indignities" comes to mind.

Wishing you a more fulfilling gig next time.

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numb, yes...comfortable? Not so much
Jul 22nd, 2019 10:56 AM   Edit   Profile  

Yep, Saturday night. I flubbed quite a few notes and the rest of the band was just...off, if you know what I mean. I didn't totally misplay my parts but it was like I couldn't hit a fret square on when soloing, so the notes were chopped off. We put it down to being tired cuz we've been gigging every weekend this summer and just came off two of our best gigs we've ever done. We played again yesterday at a Music in the Park gig and it was great, so all is well again.

Roger Ball
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New guitars and old amps, baby!
Jul 22nd, 2019 11:14 AM   Edit   Profile  

We did a gig last Thursday and opened with a song that we often play part way through at sound check but haven't performed the whole song in a long time.

Needless to say, when it came to my solo bit I flubbed it even though it always works when I practice at home. The rest of the evening went OK though.

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Manchester, TN

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Jul 22nd, 2019 07:43 PM   Edit   Profile  

"when it came to my solo bit I flubbed it even though it always works when I practice at home."

Wish I had a nickel for every time that happened! Lol!

Yes, I've had those nights where it seemed like nothing went right. But then, I tend to remember all the mistakes, and forget about all the "good stuff". ;)

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