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sjerome

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May 7th, 2014 12:41 PM        

I answered an ad by a guy, ostensibly a pro back in the day, wanting to start a basement band with good quality, geezer players, but no pretenses to gigging. Great, and right up my alley.<br /> <br /> There was a list of five songs to prep for meeting #1. In cases like this, even though organizer dude professed to wanting to play the leads (fine with me; I can say anything I need to say from the backline), I always come prepped to play any part in all the songs, dumbed down to fit within my limitations, if necessary.<br /> <br /> Leave aside the other skill issues (several people couldn't even find the "one," which is a bit of a showstopper), wouldn't you think at least the guy who called the songs should be able to get through one of them from end to end?<br /> <br /> At every FDP jam I've ever been to, which is quite a few, people always come prepped, especially the guy who called the tune. Everybody can get through the songs, at whatever their level of expertise. I mean, that's kind of the minimum you need to bring in order to have a fighting chance of having actual fun, eh?<br /> <br /> That's 6 bucks of gas I don't guess I'll be wasting again. Disappointing, because it sounded good on paper.



SteveCarlo



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not a musician... more a song stylist
May 8th, 2014 04:29 AM        

they are a talented lot



SteveCarlo



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not a musician... more a song stylist
May 8th, 2014 05:18 AM        

Ever go to a jam where there is A Guy who is much better than you and who you are just thrilled to play with? you were The Guy for the folks at that jam



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May 8th, 2014 06:09 AM        

first fdp jam at jumbo jimmy's for me back in 05 has led to countless fun moments onstage and lots of knowledge about gear. Prearranged song lists helps everybody prepare and sound their best too



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May 8th, 2014 07:40 AM        

"people always come prepped"<br /> <br /> And if not, you can always step outside and



sjerome

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May 8th, 2014 01:37 PM        

Bopper gets Archivist of the Day award! Dude, that wasn't prep, that was spit and polish. Hell, we already knew that song, right? Right?



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May 8th, 2014 03:35 PM        

sj, I've played at several jams with you; you take it seriously and still have a lot of fun. You show up ready to play.<br /> <br /> There are a lot of guitar players. Guitars and guitar owners are everywhere. Maybe one in ten, however, can actually sit and play through an entire tune without getting lost or derailing the music train. <br /> <br /> Ya gets out of it what ya puts into it. SteveCarlo makes a good point.



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ChesVa
May 8th, 2014 04:25 PM        

I was proud to have both you guys<br /> @ my garage jam !! Y'all were ready from the word go.<br /> ;-O<br /> <br /> It is amazing to be able to play w/ such<br /> talented folks as FDP jammers.<br />



SteveCarlo



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not a musician... more a song stylist
May 9th, 2014 05:13 AM        

"Maybe one in ten, however, can actually sit and play through an entire tune without getting lost or derailing the music train."<br /> <br /> uh... errrr yeah. don't you just hate it when one of those 9 guys shows up



sjerome

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May 9th, 2014 08:18 AM        

Not as bad as you hate it when the guy who's calling the shots shows up unable to play the songs he assigned as homework (especially if he represents himself as an ex-full-time musician).<br /> <br /> Maybe I oughtta file this under Craigslist scams. At least I didn't get mugged, like the wife thought I would.<br /> <br /> Of course she also thought I was going to get mugged by Dr. Brad P. and Leftymeister, so she's not a good yardstick.



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May 9th, 2014 09:43 AM        

I *hate* blues jams/open mics for some of the reasons you mention. <br /> <br /> However I love all the FDP jams. Guys like you make it fun for me.<br />



LHW



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May 9th, 2014 10:24 AM        

I've been to a few FDP jams with Steve (sjerome). He brings it every time! It's always a pleasure to jam with him!



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May 17th, 2014 07:58 PM        

"I answered an ad by a guy,"<br /> <br /> I tried to put a geezer, garage band together back when I first got into guitar, (2006, maybe) and it went pretty much the same way.<br /> <br /> I was the ringleader, so to speak, offering little more than the venue (a huge basement which cost me a pretty penny to prepare) and counted on some halfway knowledgable folks to show up, purely for fun.<br /> <br /> I was perfectly clear about intentions, talent level, seriousness of purpose, in the ad, and got a pretty good response, with a wide range of abilities.<br /> <br /> They also brought a wide range of attitudes and expectations. It appeared none had actually read, the ad, or if they did, didn't understand it.<br /> <br /> The head cutting and backstabbing started the second week in. The whole thing lasted about a month.<br /> <br /> Funny thing is, some respondents warned me (from their experiences) that something like this might happen. Herding cats, and all.<br /> <br /> They were right.



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May 18th, 2014 07:38 PM        

Peter, I think FDP jams are a bit different than a regular band thing, or even a "garage/basement" band. At a jam, nobody has anything invested in the project. Only once in a great while are there any diva incidents. They're rare, but they do sometimes occur.<br /> <br /> In a band or recurring-musical-team-sorta-situation, the individuals feel they have a bit more at stake and there tends so be some pack behavior. The peckers in the bunch try to establish a pecking order. It can get un-fun pretty quick.<br /> <br /> I have yet to come away from an FDP jam, muttering to myself, "That SUCKED!" <br /> <br /> Well, there's always the Atlanta jam coming up, so anything's possible.<br /> <br /> <br /> I KEED! <br /> <br /> I MAKE JOKE!<br /> <br /> haha!



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May 18th, 2014 08:03 PM        

"I have yet to come away from an FDP jam, muttering to myself, "That SUCKED!"<br /> <br /> Same here, and I've been to a LOT of FDP jams! Some have been more memorable than others, but they have ALL been fun!



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May 19th, 2014 02:58 AM        

I don't know if anyone has been more spoiled by FDP jams than me. I've played at several up and down the east coast and always am amazed at the friendly vibe of this crowd. <br /> <br /> Doing ClamFests here in NJ since 06 has turned into a real labor of love. Just seeing how so many players step up to help with gear, internet help, emceeing and setting up/breaking down the stage really puts this jam in a special place.<br /> <br /> Playing with all of you is the best part of the day. Hearing the talent the stage gets packed with knocks me out



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ChesVa
May 19th, 2014 06:27 AM        

"Well, there's always the Atlanta jam coming up, so anything's possible."<br /> <br /> Out of line ! <br /> No stew for you...3 weeks !<br /> ;-O<br /> <br />



sjerome

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May 19th, 2014 08:25 AM        

"In a band or recurring-musical-team-sorta-situation, the individuals feel they have a bit more at stake and there tends so be some pack behavior."<br /> <br /> The disappointing thing is this situation never got close to that point, and my feel is that wouldn't have been a problem. It couldn't get past "the dog ate my homework" stage.



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May 19th, 2014 04:38 PM        

Dang, Steve. That's sad! Sounds like toxic personalities right from the get-go.



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May 19th, 2014 05:01 PM        

"I KEED! <br /> <br /> I MAKE JOKE!<br /> <br /> haha!"<br /> <br /> we dare to suck! <br /> <br /> ;)<br /> <br /> edit: add



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