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AM I GOOD ENOUGH TO GIG?

PostPosted: Fri Mar 13, 2009 1:38 pm
by Gezz
HEY,

Dont know what the standard is as i have never had a gig nor been to one (Except red hot chillies), so dont know where to start or what the standard is out there.

please help (Or listen to my tracks),

cheers gez

PostPosted: Fri Mar 13, 2009 2:46 pm
by ted_lord
doesn't sound to half bad to me but I haven't gotten anywhere nor do I think that I'm going to have the chance to really do anything, good luck though

PostPosted: Fri Mar 13, 2009 7:26 pm
by Andragon
Well, first, do you get stage fright? Have you ever performed in front of family/friends? Make sure you're comfortable first.

Now, gigs aren't the easiest thing to get it. So, start by frequently going to open mics and stuff like that to get yourself out there.
Then visit coffee shops, bars, etc. and see how the music's hangin there.
Make friends, talk to people and exchange phone numbers.
That's how it goes... sorta.

PostPosted: Fri Mar 13, 2009 11:55 pm
by philbymon
Well...I must say that I've fallen love with Louise' voice. Very sweet it be.

Your guitar work on this 1st song is perfectly good. Plain ol' simplistic pickin' & strummin' is perfect for this tune. Nice keyboard horns, too. Nice arrangement.

"Bright Lights" is too rappy for me, but I suppose it could be popular. It isn't often that one hears acoustic with rap. I like your arrangements so far, but I wouldn't take the recording out to an open mic, cuz it makes it too much like the hated karaoke crap. If that's you on guitar & bass, then yeah, you're "good enough" to play out.

"My Queen" actually has you singing on it? Well, hell yeah you're good enough. Your songwriting is still in the beginning stages, but you'll develop nicely if you keep at it. Learn some more chords to play with, some new patterns, & it'll get better as you go.

On whether or not you are ready to play in front of ppl, I have to say that I think you've got the chops. Do ya have the nads? There are gonna be die-hard rockers &/or rappers out there that dis you. Can you take it? I wouldn't be too scared. You do quite well at what you do. IF you play this well live, you have little if anything to worry about, & I'd bet that you knew that already, too.

A performer has to have that knowledge before they go on - that they CAN do what they do, in spite of anything, & do it well, & if this particular crowd doesn't get it, the next one probably will.

How much material do you have? If you're performing solo in these parts, you'll need 3 to 5 hours worth. If the ppl love it. sometimes you play extra long for extra $. You need some different types & genres, too, to mix it up as a solo. These 3 tunes are different enough. So far you don't sound the same all the time, & that's good.

I hesitated before checking you out, as I saw rap references in another post, & I'm not good at rating that stuff. I'm glad I did, though. You have talent. You need development, but you're coming along nicely. Your mixes are solid & you have a good ear for recording. Your songs are pretty good, & I'll expect your writing skills to improve as you go.

One thing I notice many ppl doing is to follow a groove for far too long, sometimes even missing a bridge entirely, & I think this is a huge mistake. You don't have that problem, & I appreciate that.

Whatever you do, try to work with Louise more! She has a wonderful voice.

PostPosted: Sat Mar 14, 2009 1:34 am
by sanshouheil
Standard?

If I was to compare myself to some of the pro level guitarist on this site I would not play out.
But I do! We entertain. People say they like our sound and material.
Venues invite us back.

When you are ready you will know grasshopper! :D

PostPosted: Sun Mar 15, 2009 12:39 am
by HowlinJ
Gezz,
Are you serious?
Based on what I'm hearin', your a better guitarist then half the people out makein' money playin' in Tannersville tonight!

When I started playin' out, I only knew two chord progressions and the organ solo to "House Of The Rising Sun"(that was good enough to get me in a gigging band back in 1965)

Now go on out and get yourself a gig! :wink:

Howlin,

P.S.
Philby is right, Louise does have a very pleasant voice.

PostPosted: Sun Mar 15, 2009 1:33 pm
by gnger and proud
:P damn sight better than me and I am going to give it a crack, love my queen, mellow summer groove go for it man, you will never know unless you try, in the words of scarface the world is your f$%^%ng oyster go for it

thanks guys

PostPosted: Sun Mar 15, 2009 3:27 pm
by Gezz
thanks for all the great feedback guys. guna give it a go now, jus in the process of contacting sum venues!

cheers for support!

PostPosted: Wed Mar 18, 2009 9:50 am
by ETRPT
My Queen good track and should be first on your list cos it's the best.



bright lights doesn't really work.

c

PostPosted: Fri Mar 20, 2009 3:36 am
by Black57
Personally, I would work on a self made CD since it weems like you have so much originals. I'd change the rap to soomething with singing. The reason, I suggest making the CD is I would wager that people will ask for a CD. Wouldn't it be nice to have one? :wink:

PostPosted: Mon Mar 30, 2009 5:33 am
by Kramerguy
I've seen horrible guitarists/bands get standing ovations after every song, and I've seen technically gifted guitarists/bands get *crickets* after every song.

Instrument/vocal ability takes a back seat to showmanship, song choices, and even tone/sound dynamics/mix in most cases.

Get out there and just do it, start with open mics like others have suggested, and work your way up. Remember you get out of it what you put into it. There's no such thing as instant gratification in music.

PostPosted: Mon Mar 30, 2009 9:51 am
by YouAreNotReal
There is no standard of gigging, you go out there and gig XD

You know when you suck major balls when everybody starts leaving or throws some cups at you when you're the major act on haha, though I very much doubt that'd happen to you

Now go out there and get a gig before I come round there n force you to XD

PostPosted: Wed May 20, 2009 10:42 pm
by Ann Louise
I agree with piscescloud LOL!

Personally I think you are great. However I am afraid I will go against the grain now. There is absolutely no doubt that Louise has a wonderful voice, but I just couldn't listen to hours of her singing, (sorry). I COULD listen to you singing for hours though. I love a unique voice, there are too many women who sound the same out there. To get noticed you need something different. Think Alanis Morissette, Duffy, KD Lang, Marina and the diamonds. All of which are artists with voices that anyone with ears (and a brain in between them) would say have interesting, recognisable voices, (even if you don't like their music you can't deny their talent).

I like a bit of rough in music. That's the joy of playing live. It's not meant to be perfect, it's an expression of your love and talent for music. For example I love the live recordings of Nirvana, but my sister, (who was into the edited versions), was horrified by the live recordings when she first heard them. Not everyone will like you, it's personal preference after all. But I'd say a majority of listeners would appreciate your talent for music. You don't need our approval, you just need to love what you're doing. If you love it then other people will love it too, (there are bound to be people with similar tastes in music as you out there)!

GO FOR IT! There is nothing worse than living your life in regret (I know)!

Re: AM I GOOD ENOUGH TO GIG?

PostPosted: Sat May 23, 2009 12:31 pm
by bottomE
Gezz wrote:HEY,

Dont know what the standard is as i have never had a gig nor been to one (Except red hot chillies), so dont know where to start or what the standard is out there.

please help (Or listen to my tracks),

cheers gez


the sooner you start the better. just go for it mate and you will be fine. its not about ability. if you are genuine, peeps will know that and accept you for what you do. the only way to find out is to play in front of complete strangers. friends and family don't tend to give the best advice.

good luck and keep it funky

PostPosted: Sat Aug 01, 2009 11:26 am
by Zelator
Bright lights is a solid track i like very much .For me rap is particular and owned by a particular group of musician and person ( they own it ) and i am not one of them .But the quallity to my ears is good ...........but Bright Lights is mission accomplished for me