So this past Sunday’s jam session went okay. Our bass player didn’t show up, because he was sick, supposedly. He was supposed to show up at a party the day before but didn’t as well. We’re all suspicious of his wife (dude just got married less than a month ago) because she’s the manipulative type. That’s a whole other topic, though.
So the jam session went well. We haven’t been practicing enough inbetween practice sessions I think, because some of my more difficult solos were kind of sloppy and the drummer would mess up…the other guitar player ALWAYS messes up, so nothing new there. Dude really doesn’t have much of a sense of rhythm. His rhythm guitar work is all out of step and that throws a lot of things off, especially when there isn’t any bass around to help keep down the rhythm. The sucky thing is that this guy is sort of the “band originator” I guess you could say. Oh well. As of late, I don’t put up with his shit anymore and I tell him what’s up.
For instance. We jam the song, “For Whom The Bell Tolls” by Metallica. I don’t care if you like Metallica or what you have to say about them, they’re an awesome band. Anyway, during part of the intro section of the song, there’s a repetitive little lead riff that plays. It’s pretty laid back and mellow. The other guitar player plays that part. He plays it like a 16 year old kid having sex for the first time, overly eager, not relaxed and blows his load way too soon. I’ve told him before, but this time I didn’t give him the courtesy telling him while we’re all playing. I told him, “You need to play that part a little slower” I even picked up my guitar and outlined which notes the drum beats land on.
What’s the excuse he gave me you ask?
“I know, but I want to at least play the song a little different than the original”…!! Can you believe that?! Alright people, there is a difference between playing something with your own flair and by adding a couple of extra notes, or changing them, but by playing the same thing out of time???? That’s not happening, and that’s exactly what I told him in front of the rest of the band. I wasn’t an asshole about it, but he had to hear it, straight forward. Hopefully he fixes that shit. I’m getting tired of playing with it.
I’ve been playing around with doing vocals now. I’ve always been afraid of that, but I’ve been sacking up lately and trying it out, and so far the response is positive. We’ll see what happens.
Stay tuned people. More musical adventures and mishaps to come!