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Senior Member
Username: terryc

Post Number: 993
Registered: 11-2004
Posted on Sunday, August 16, 2009 - 4:24 pm:   Edit Post

I have just joined another band(total = 4)
The ages are me(52), singer and harmonica(48),guitarist(34) and drummer..wait for it..17(who looks like a 13 year old but can he play!!!)
Anyway, I played this stuff many many years ago when I first started out and after a while I became very bored with it, three chords, same arpeggio runs and vowed never ever to do it again.
Well it is amazing how so many years of bass education has done. The band are very open minded so we do our own arrangements on some classic r'n'b/blues/rock'n'roll tunes and it sounds great.
Putting added chords extensions(please note John Judge!) and playing mini solos whilst the guitar player does his thing fills the sound out to the point of power quartet meet delta blues. Purists may scoff and criticise but boy it is is fun and it is right in the pocket.
Advanced Member
Username: sonicus

Post Number: 245
Registered: 5-2009
Posted on Sunday, August 16, 2009 - 6:09 pm:   Edit Post

Cool . I wish you much joy on your new project. Maybe even a bit of money if it goes right .
Senior Member
Username: jacko

Post Number: 2376
Registered: 10-2002
Posted on Monday, August 17, 2009 - 4:53 am:   Edit Post

Good luck with the new band terry. let me know when you're gigging, if it coincides with a trip to the north east I'll try to make it along.

Username: slawie

Post Number: 100
Registered: 8-2002
Posted on Wednesday, August 19, 2009 - 3:14 am:   Edit Post

Shake up those blues purists Terry!

It was a number of years back that I last played blues and the punters were fiercely critical if anything was outside their capacity to hum along with.

I am glad those days have passed.

Username: afrobeat_fool

Post Number: 63
Registered: 7-2009
Posted on Wednesday, August 19, 2009 - 9:49 am:   Edit Post

Hi, Terry.

I agree, shake them up a bit. I'm playing with a Blues/rock band a couple times a month and the Drummer/band leader thought he was funky, he isn't. So I deliberated with the guitar player and we made the change for him. He has never been happier. Except when we tell him he is over-playing. 3 or 4 chords can be fun if everybody has big ears and doesn't mind if things get loose. I hope you have fun.

Advanced Member
Username: pauldo

Post Number: 241
Registered: 6-2006
Posted on Thursday, August 20, 2009 - 4:56 am:   Edit Post

That's great Terry -
If it is fun, then there certainly must be a groove happening, and if a purist can't recognize the groove - then their opinion doesn't hold much weight.
Senior Member
Username: terryc

Post Number: 1001
Registered: 11-2004
Posted on Thursday, August 20, 2009 - 10:23 am:   Edit Post

Thanks everyone..okay we have a name and can you guess what this name means
Sorry no prizes guy 'n' gals


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