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  1. The Sensitone Guy

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    Default Last minute gig request

    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.

  2. Drumming Since 1943

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    How could you play songs you had no familiarity with on the fly? Did you at least rehearse?
    Way Too Much Crap

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    Quote 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. Drumming Since 1943

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    Quote 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. The Sensitone Guy

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    Quote 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.

  7. The Sensitone Guy

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    Quote 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.

  8. The Sensitone Guy

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    Quote 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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    Quote 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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    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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    Quote 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.

  12. Miles Gibbons

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    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 gonna sleep outside... it's like Earth here, except less pollution, and more moons"

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