At Least I Got Some More Experience

I wrote this piece back when I was rehearsing with a band that never made it off the ground.  After three months of weekly rehearsals, only having two sets of material and no gigs I decided to do something else.

Currently I’m not actively seeking a band but will certainly listen to any offers that may present themselves.  If you read some of my previous posts you know that I’ve moved into home recording and I am looking to collaborate with some fellow musicians that I have worked with in the past.

Anyway here’s what I wrote.

One thing I have noticed over the past few weeks is a very marked improvement in my playing.

I feel much more relaxed in a shorter amount of time when I begin each practice session.

I have noticed that my timing and feel are getting better.

I attribute this improvement to the fact that at least once a week I am rehearsing two to three hours with a band.

Sometimes I think if my playing has improved this much with a band rehearsal each week what would I be like if I was also playing out once or twice a week.

Then I think what if I was gigging four, five or six nights a week like I use to do in the old days.  What kind of progress would I be experiencing?

It’s pretty amazing what playing live with other musicians can do for your chops.

There is no substitute for experience.

So for now even if this band never plays one gig (kind of prophetic since they never did) the rehearsals are serving a purpose.

They are helping me improve my playing.

I wrote this about two months before I walked away from the band.  Actually I think that was the first band I every quit if you can even call it that since we never played out.

We did have one gig booked after three months of rehearsal and the night before the gig I received a phone call telling me the gig had fallen through.  That’s when I said enough.

At the time I was still actively pursuing a working band and thought I just lost three months when I could have been continuing to look.  But really I didn’t lose anything.Pearls2

I got to rehearse with some other players, learn some new songs that took me a bit out of my comfort zone and reaffirmed to trust my instincts.   Let’s just say after three months of no gigs then suddenly a gig I had a feeling it was going to fall through.

At least I got some more experience.

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