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Lewwis  
11 Jun 2009 12:47 | Quote
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Hey

I got a gig coming up were im playng guitar for my mates band and ive been given just over a week to learn there set, so they have given me the easyish guitar parts, which don't contain loads of playing.

Ok well basically there are parts of the songs were i don't play anything for about 2mins. What shall i do for them 2mins?

Just stand there? Practice some scales? clap? Pretend that im asking someone to get me a coke?

Any ideas? or what do you do?

:D

thanks.


BodomBeachTerror  
11 Jun 2009 12:49 | Quote
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stage dive!
future_god_of_the_axe  
11 Jun 2009 12:56 | Quote
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hell yeah!^

you could just walk behind a curtain or go backstage. i think thats really cool that your willing to do that. music sounds alot better when people are willing to make sacrifices like that.
Phip  
11 Jun 2009 14:01 | Quote
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@ Lewwis,
Well, you certainly don't want to do anything that looks like you are bored. That would be an insult to the guy doing the solo. Keep the energy level up in the room by tapping your foot, bobbing your head to the beat, keep moving around. A lot of players will turn and face the drummer for a few seconds, stuff like that. Also flirting with the pretty girls is always a crowd pleaser!!!! (pretty guys too if you are into that sort of thing) LOL
Phip
soy.el.che  
11 Jun 2009 14:22 | Quote
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Best you can do is keep the ambience up. You can clap if its a rythmic part. I would sure flirt or invite a cute chick upstage at least. I would do that for serious, well if im not on a relatiopnship already. who knows, you might get to start something serious there. You just dont stay doin nothin there. make some slam there, lots of doable things.

peace




by the way and to not make another thread
does anybody knows an artist similar in style to eddie vedder's on the soundtrack of into the wild?
JustJeff  
11 Jun 2009 14:55 | Quote
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Don't just stand there, feel the music and party on the stage! You can help the stage presence to get the crowd into it.

Of course, you could pretend you are playing with the band :)
blackholesun  
11 Jun 2009 15:18 | Quote
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I would ask if you could double up the bass part or another guitar part.
patleh  
11 Jun 2009 18:01 | Quote
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i sometimes have to do this for my band when we play songs that aren't in need of two guitars that often,i usually atleast move around, or talk to girls in the crowd
Lewwis  
12 Jun 2009 10:32 | Quote
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BodomBeachTerror says:
Stage Dive!


ha i will keep that in mind :D

cheers guys
Crunch  
12 Jun 2009 17:52 | Quote
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I agree entirely with blackholesun. Not playing anything for an extended period of time would suck. Not to mention you'd probably look a little silly.
telecrater  
12 Jun 2009 18:35 | Quote
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why don't you durn the volume donw on your guitar and paly something. It's not going to interfer with anyone and atleas you'll look like your playing.
Admiral  
12 Jun 2009 19:18 | Quote
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open a beer and light a cigarette to show your rebellious nature and to protest against the smoking ban in england
BodomBeachTerror  
12 Jun 2009 20:12 | Quote
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whatever you do, dont shout things into the mic when someone is trying to solo
Empirism  
12 Jun 2009 23:52 | Quote
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Admiral says:
open a beer and light a cigarette to show your rebellious nature and to protest against the smoking ban in england!


Damn right! but im still behind the BBT first tip xD...

I would say flirting the audience is the best thing...
Lewwis  
13 Jun 2009 07:31 | Quote
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by the way guys i'm 16 so i don't drink or smoke (O_o), apparently.

i might make a short dance, or do some magic tricks.

Going back on the stage diving, has anyone here done that??

:D

patleh  
13 Jun 2009 08:48 | Quote
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i agree with tele, just remember to pay attenion and not forget to start plying again
carlsnow  
13 Jun 2009 18:23 | Quote
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find a way over .. seeming to be interacting w/ the band.
or
grab another beer.

six of one , half-dozen of the other

OR
Tune (in mute of course) !!
most folks will think yer playing if ya silent tune...ESP if ya face a 'Cylon'(Strobe) and look at it w/ attitude.
...and get that beer!



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