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vchizzle
12-11-2012, 05:08 PM
professionally?
weekend warrior band?
basement rock star?
couch noodler?
I don't play my guitars, I only look at them:biggrin:

Your selection will not be revealed unless you post it, feel free to say.
I'm a weekend warrior guy myself.

Fbrandw
12-11-2012, 05:17 PM
I'm a self proclaimed garage guitar god and along with my next door neighbour who plays drums, we are the most musically talented people in a 2 house radius :five:

prsrocker1988
12-11-2012, 05:17 PM
Played in a tribute band (touring) for 3 or so years. Now I do party band shows for events, BBQs, parties, etc mainly by request. I guess you could say I'm a "professional" guitarist but my gig isn't full time but I have made money from it and still do. I miss the touring band though. Shame it came to an end.

wilerty
12-11-2012, 05:35 PM
Looking at the age poll ... we must understand that what we did in our teens might be different than what we do in our 60s. I've been all of the above ... except the last option.

Shawn@PRS
12-11-2012, 05:40 PM
"Basement Rockstar". Hey, that's not funny.

ACE
12-11-2012, 05:42 PM
I play mostly at home but get out about 2x a month to jam with other musicians. I actually enjoy these informal jam sessions much more than gigging because we can play wat we want without the pressure of putting on a show and entertaining others. We can play undanceable tunes and if we want to do a 15 minute 12 blues jam there's no one to complain.

]-[ @ n $ 0 |v| a T !
12-11-2012, 05:44 PM
I'd like to get back to playing out on weekends. I just lack the tolerance I used to. Bands are a lot of work.

11top
12-11-2012, 05:57 PM
Weekend warrior band. Got a gig this Saturday.

http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c395/11top/SPIRITOFROTHBANNER-1.png

Check us out on YouTube.

LSchefman
12-11-2012, 06:11 PM
Studio warrior. I love playing in a group, but Hans is right, bands really require a lot of time and energy.

Mike Duncan
12-11-2012, 06:12 PM
I used to play in bands and play out. Ever since I became "The Man", bands don't like me. I also have too many kids to get out and play.

Rick
12-11-2012, 06:15 PM
These days I'm mostly a couch noodler ,
but with practice I think I could be a basement rock star .
I'm thinking about doing a tour of the neighbourhood ....

vchizzle
12-11-2012, 06:40 PM
I'm a self proclaimed garage guitar god and along with my next door neighbour who plays drums, we are the most musically talented people in a 2 house radius :five:
Awesome, award winning post! So, I have all faith you have a pile of Garammy statues standing on your mantle.


Looking at the age poll ... we must understand that what we did in our teens might be different than what we do in our 60s. I've been all of the above ... except the last option.
Indeed, I'm interested in past and present...which I should've stated I supposed.


"Basement Rockstar". Hey, that's not funny.
Shawn, I love a guy that's killin' it at stadium volume in the basement(or even TV volume). I will forever be that guy after my gig days are done, there's nothing better.


-[ @ n $ 0 |v| a T ! ;34097']I'd like to get back to playing out on weekends. I just lack the tolerance I used to. Bands are a lot of work.
So true. Bands are a b!tch at every level. Hans, my tolerance get's lower with every waking hour...with everything :D


Studio warrior. I love playing in a group, but Hans is right, bands really require a lot of time and energy.
Les, you are the prime example of a guy who's "made it" IMO. To make a living doing studio work is awesome, especially coming out of a non-music biz career.


Great stuff guys, keep it coming.

themike
12-11-2012, 06:43 PM
Played for a few years in local bands. Then played "professionally" I guess for a little while - signed a contract, had a record in stores and then left the band. Touring wouldn't have provided me enough income to keep up with my PRS addiction! (seriously - Im not kidding, among other things).

t.shamone
12-11-2012, 06:45 PM
I play and gig with four different bands right now. Two of the bands have the same bassist in them.
I also play jazz and classical gigs with my wife and friend Frank. When needed, Frank and I will sub for each other .
I teach private guitar and saxophone lessons on top of it all. Sax was my first instrument.

In the past I did some studio work in Jamaica and backed up local musicians in Westmoreland and Hanover.
I've also spent time hanging out with Jimmy Bralower in his personal studio after giving his son guitar lessons.
I learned a lot there and met some really cool people.

andy474x
12-11-2012, 07:08 PM
A few years back I was in a band that was sort of trying to make it... and by that, I mean a couple of us were dedicated, and the others were very talented but had no desire or motivation. Now they have much more dedicated members and things are starting to get moving, and I'm really happy for them. As of now, I play in a band of my grad school classmates, which is nice because we all have the same schedule more or less, and they all take it fairly seriously. We've played a few gigs of cover tunes for some good crowds, and we have some originals being recorded right now. Hopefully put out an EP or something in the next couple months.

sergiodeblanc
12-11-2012, 08:44 PM
Ever since I became "The Man", bands don't like me.

:rofl:

clcwarlock
12-11-2012, 09:02 PM
I was in bands and played out when i was younger. I have 2 kids now and dedicate a lot of my time to them. I am currently a basement rocker. most of my time downstairs is writing now. I plan on putting together enough songs for an album by the end of next year.

Herr Squid
12-12-2012, 12:36 AM
I've played in weekend warrior bands on and off. It's getting to be about 7 years since the last one. Having been more and more "successful" in my day job in the past few years, I've got less and less desire to deal with the rehearsal and playing out thing. Plus the music scene is pretty much nonexistent here, even though I know there's lots of talented musicians around.

Mikegarveyblues
12-12-2012, 02:48 AM
I've been semi-pro I guess, done the weekend warrior thing, tought a bit of guitar, some minor studio sessions for local musos...

Right now i'm a bedroom rocker I suppose.

Probably going to push for teaching guitar again when I move. No idea when that'll be, but I want to join or form a band again next year.

CoreyT
12-12-2012, 03:30 AM
I played in a few bands back in the early 70s, got married, sold equipment, had two kids, got divorced, and just got back into playing again this past May.
The stool is my "couch", I do not have the time to ever think about playing in a band, but I would like to jam with some others some day just for fun when I get better.

My work takes up a lot of time :D

Twinfan
12-12-2012, 04:20 AM
Weekend warrior here. We aim to gig once a month and rehearse approx. twice a month. We all have serious day jobs so it's very much a hobby.

We love it :)

justmund
12-12-2012, 04:33 AM
I play in the Navy Reserve band down here. It's pretty good, we've got some great players and an awesome front man. We rehearse once a week (and get paid to do it) and gig once or twice a month. It's all covers, we mainly do classic rock/funk/disco/alt/whatever is popular, as well as jazz gigs (which I don't do) and ceremonial stuff (side drum). It's fun, it keeps my Navy connection going and my chops (or lack thereof) up. Plus my partner and I had an agreement, whatever I earnt from the band I got to spend on gear. That all changed when we learnt we were pregnant...

Boogie
12-12-2012, 07:09 AM
Just a weekend warrior, here. The classic rock gig is taking all of my playing time but also am in a great vintage rock group (50's/60's...I'm the only one not on social security and retired). Haven't taught guitar lessons in many years and gave my saxes to my son. So while there is a bit of money involved, it is far from a 'pro' gig and certainly not paying the bills. Barely pays for a new amp. ;)

docbennett
12-12-2012, 07:15 AM
Basement rock star...with one live appearance at my son's wedding in 2010, and a future live date scheduled for 11/30/13 at my daughter's wedding. Since we are primarily responsible for this one, I hope to get in a few more tunes that at my last performance. Hell...we're making the wedding...I think I'll play the entire night so I won't have to worry about getting up and dancing.

Practicing my set list already!

james
12-12-2012, 07:38 AM
I haven't won anything in my life, but if you guys want to have a "least gifted guitar player on the forum" contest, that would be cool.

docbennett
12-12-2012, 07:48 AM
I haven't won anything in my life, but if you guys want to have a "least gifted guitar player on the forum" contest, that would be cool.

I tried that back in the BaM days, and it went down like the proverbial Led Zeppelin.

However, the best thing about my concept was that Jon (FlyingVee) said that the contest could be a "Harrison Bergeron" type of contest, and the best players could be handicapped to level the playing field. Thought that was kinda cool...amateurs with PRS vs. Pros. playing with "Hello Kitty" strats.

aristotle
12-12-2012, 08:00 AM
-[ @ n $ 0 |v| a T ! ;34097']I'd like to get back to playing out on weekends. I just lack the tolerance I used to. Bands are a lot of work.

It's the opposite for me. Monday nights are band practice night, and it's our version of poker night. Lots of fun with guys who grew up together. We never gig more than twice per month, and we'll only take paid gigs at local clubs within a 20 mile radius that have enough of a built-in crowd that we're not under pressure to draw more than 15 or 20 of our own. We usually don't learn more than 2 new songs per month, but our song list is a FIFO (First In FIrst Out) so we don't have to keep current with a 200 song set list.... we hold it steady at around 70, so there isn't a bunch of pressure there. We're just a 4-piece, so managing everybody's schedule isn't that bad. The comraderie is what it's all about from my perspective. The only part that seems like "work" is loading back up at the end of a gig (sometimes as late as 2AM). There are usually pancakes involved afterwards though, and that fixes most anything...

themike
12-12-2012, 08:08 AM
I haven't won anything in my life, but if you guys want to have a "least gifted guitar player on the forum" contest, that would be cool.

That's not true - you've won our hearts, BroJay Simpson :cheers:

rugerpc
12-12-2012, 08:14 AM
I haven't won anything in my life, but if you guys want to have a "least gifted guitar player on the forum" contest, that would be cool.

I'll fight you for that title, James. :box:

Just yesterday I produced a clean note....

andy474x
12-12-2012, 09:05 AM
It's the opposite for me. Monday nights are band practice night, and it's our version of poker night. Lots of fun with guys who grew up together. We never gig more than twice per month, and we'll only take paid gigs at local clubs within a 20 mile radius that have enough of a built-in crowd that we're not under pressure to draw more than 15 or 20 of our own. We usually don't learn more than 2 new songs per month, but our song list is a FIFO (First In FIrst Out) so we don't have to keep current with a 200 song set list.... we hold it steady at around 70, so there isn't a bunch of pressure there. We're just a 4-piece, so managing everybody's schedule isn't that bad. The comraderie is what it's all about from my perspective. The only part that seems like "work" is loading back up at the end of a gig (sometimes as late as 2AM). There are usually pancakes involved afterwards though, and that fixes most anything...

I like this... Especially the pancakes!

Dirty Bob
12-12-2012, 09:26 AM
I used to play in bands and play out. Ever since I became "The Man", bands don't like me. I also have too many kids to get out and play.

Hah!!! My new band is made up of "The Man"...all of us. What's nice about this is that nobody needs to play for the money. The other guys are all very talented and the gear is a gear guys dream! At 34 I'm also the youngest guy in my band by at least 20 years....which is fine by me...because they all have had decades more experience and have dealt with ALL of the BS...this is their no BS band...which works out perfectly for me because I do this for enjoyment not Drama...if I'm not doing it for the fun, comraderie and the music than I'm just not doing it...and I've told them that...I have too many important things going on in my life...family, work, etc... It's very laid back. We all have similiar tastes. We play what we want obviously still keeping the audience in mind. We run the band as a democracy over beers...practice once a week together. I occasionally play with the other guitarist an additional night to work on things. The goal is a gig every month...unfortunately the very local music scene is not all that big around me...so even once a month can be hard. Two of the guys played together in another band for the last four years and they averaged about 1 gig a month. It's been working really well so far. My wife is also very supportive of me and considering we have 2 little boys I am extremely appreciative of her for that support...if it wasn't for her I wouldnt be able to do this...I try to make sure she gets to do the things that she wants to do as well...make sure I do lots of bath times and bedtimes and do as much as possible with the family when I am not in the office. If not...she would have a very different view of what I do. In addition I waited years to find the right band. Most other bands wouldn't be this laid back and flexible.

Mike Duncan
12-12-2012, 09:33 AM
That's awesome! I love to hear stories like that. I need to get back into playing with actual people again!

Dirty Bob
12-12-2012, 09:43 AM
That's awesome! I love to hear stories like that. I need to get back into playing with actual people again!


You should...but make sure you find the right fit for you! For me I'm pretty sure it wouldn't have worked out if It had been any other way.

james
12-12-2012, 12:25 PM
That's not true - you've won our hearts, BroJay Simpson :cheers:

http://i.imgur.com/xEphs.gif

JustRob
12-12-2012, 12:40 PM
I haven't won anything in my life, but if you guys want to have a "least gifted guitar player on the forum" contest, that would be cool.

I think I could give you a run for your money there. I might have to break down and take a lesson someday, but I'm not even sure I like music much anymore, which is strange because I still love guitars. :laugh:

Albrecht Smuten
12-13-2012, 05:58 AM
I'll fight you for that title, James. :box:

Just yesterday I produced a clean note....

No way! Teach me!

One of my bands, playing irish/scottish tunes with hard rock arrangements, managed to get kind of semi-pro (occasional event gigs along with well visited "normal gigs"... that means we make enough money to produce records).
The other band is more of a dedication than hobby, I started it when I was 16 and it lives and changes with me (and other people joining and leaving the band over years). Right now it's in larval stage (again), working on brand new material. I'm sick of playing the stuff I wrote when I was 16 ;)

I guess it makes me a weekend warrior.

DRM_777
12-13-2012, 06:07 AM
All my income comes from teaching guitar, so I guess that makes me a professional.......

I've got an acoustic duo that I'll be starting performing with round the local pubs in the new year. It will be good to get out doing regular performing again. Been a few years.

rugerpc
12-13-2012, 07:20 AM
I'll fight you for that title, James. :box:

Just yesterday I produced a clean note....


No way! Teach me!

Well... :bawling: It turns out that the note I produced was an accident from my pick falling on my guitar while I was in no way touching the strings.

I'm considering doing an album called "Gravity Sucks" using only this technique...