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    On Friday, a friend of a friend called me to see if I would fill in for their no- show drummer. I agreed and was set up and ready to play inside of 45 minutes!

    The genre was OLD country and folk tunes. As a hard rock drummer, this took me out of my comfort zone. I had no familiarity with any of the songs.

    All in all, it was a great experience. I had a very good time.

    I brought my Sensitone aluminum.

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    How could you play songs you had no familiarity with on the fly? Did you at least rehearse?
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    • #3
      Originally posted by Andy H View Post
      The genre was OLD country and folk tunes.
      You are a brave man!

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        Andy good for you to try something BRAVE

        if you had fun would you play with them again ? In a pinch perhaps
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        • #5
          Originally posted by richie rich View Post
          Andy good for you to try something BRAVE

          if you had fun would you play with them again ? In a pinch perhaps
          I’d be too nerve-wracked to enjoy that too much.
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          • #6
            Originally posted by JY Kelly View Post
            How could you play songs you had no familiarity with on the fly? Did you at least rehearse?
            No rehearsal. It was just set up and play.

            I had never heard about 80% of the songs. Basically, they'd start playing a tune. I'd wait a measure or two and then follow the bassist. I would play the simplest beat possible and just keep time. Every once in a while I'd try a little fill or accent if I was feeling the groove.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by richie rich View Post
              Andy good for you to try something BRAVE

              if you had fun would you play with them again ? In a pinch perhaps
              Absolutely! If asked, I would be happy to fill in again.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by JY Kelly View Post
                I’d be too nerve-wracked to enjoy that too much.
                Nah... You would have killed it; far better than I.

                Everyone in the band and audience was thrilled that a drummer had showed up. Any drummer was better than no drummer. They didn't care that I sucked.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by richie rich View Post
                  Andy good for you to try something BRAVE

                  if you had fun would you play with them again ? In a pinch perhaps
                  Brave? I think not.

                  It was fun. No pressure.

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                  • #10
                    I mean, I’m all for a jam, but with music I have at least a passing familiarity with. What you did WAS brave whether you acknowledge it or not.
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by JY Kelly View Post
                      How could you play songs you had no familiarity with on the fly? Did you at least rehearse?
                      You can 4/4 money beat for a few hours and nobody will notice.

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                      • #12
                        I love these kinds of gigs. They used to terrify me, but now they are super enjoyable. The first gig I did like this, I asked the bandleader for a setlist so I could try to listen to some of the songs on the way and he said "don't bother" ha ha.

                        I'm just honest with people; "I don't know these songs well\at all, but I'll have big ears, and will be watching you for cues." If the bandleader is comfy with that, than so am I. If the band is confident, and you pay attention, they'll help. I also feel like I play a little better when it's do-or-die; I think the lack of familiarity in these situations forces your brain to overclock, and your neurons to fly extra fast.

                        Glad to hear you had fun! You mentioned the key ingredients to a successful last-minute pinch hit; listen hard and keep it simple.

                        This clip applies ha ha (salty language FYI): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ceEJGThpllk
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by MilesAway View Post
                          I love these kinds of gigs. They used to terrify me, but now they are super enjoyable. The first gig I did like this, I asked the bandleader for a setlist so I could try to listen to some of the songs on the way and he said "don't bother" ha ha.

                          I'm just honest with people; "I don't know these songs well\at all, but I'll have big ears, and will be watching you for cues." If the bandleader is comfy with that, than so am I. If the band is confident, and you pay attention, they'll help. I also feel like I play a little better when it's do-or-die; I think the lack of familiarity in these situations forces your brain to overclock, and your neurons to fly extra fast.

                          Glad to hear you had fun! You mentioned the key ingredients to a successful last-minute pinch hit; listen hard and keep it simple.

                          This clip applies ha ha (salty language FYI): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ceEJGThpllk
                          I'm the same way. I love the challenge. If I look stupid on stage, so be it.

                          The next time I get called to this gig, all I'm bringing is a snare, 20" bass drum, hats and one ride cymbal. That's it. Toms and extra crashes were not needed. It was all about keeping time.

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