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6264 posts
Nov 09, 2019
12:01 AM
Its rare, but i have some video from recent gig.

I'm afraid its just an instrumental, and an overplayed one at that but fwiw this is the current band and our opening number from what was otherwise a pretty patchy gig. Also, the sound balance is way out of whack because the recorder was sitting at the base of my mic stand. my massive amp pointing right at it but the guitar amp raised on a milk crate and pointing past the mic, and even the bass amp angled upwards. so this is sound about 2 inches above the floor of the stage in front of my feet. i'm shaking my head in disapproval and tut-tutting

454 posts
Nov 09, 2019
7:09 AM
See my comment on the adult forum. we are our own worst critics.
Phil Pennington
6267 posts
Nov 09, 2019
5:07 PM
Thanks, Fil.
302 posts
Nov 12, 2019
4:44 AM
Yes, Sounded great !
378 posts
Nov 12, 2019
6:23 PM
Good sound. Nice to finally see your image. Funny, you don't look Tasmanian :)
6289 posts
Nov 13, 2019
4:42 AM
You were expecting something a bit more like Errol?
56 posts
Nov 13, 2019
9:01 AM
SuperBee, that was great! From reading your posts, you put a lot of work and practice into your harp playing. It shows in your performance! Post more videos to keep inspiring us beginners.
Jeff B

Just enjoying the music journey.
6296 posts
Nov 15, 2019
4:45 PM
Seriously, thanks Spderyak, HarpDoc, and Pickn5.

It’s always a work in progress of course, but it’s clear to me that my playing is progressing, and I am fairly satisfied with how Juke has been going. I do think it’s been very worthwhile as a study. Recommended to me by a local player and I believe he is correct in what he said about it.
“If you listen, properly, ‘it’s all in there’”
Maybe not ‘all’, but there are lots of lessons in Juke.

I found Liam Ward’s lesson helpful.

Adam Gussow’s too (although it only addresses the 1st chorus)
101 posts
Nov 18, 2019
10:43 AM
SuperBee nice one, like that a lot
6309 posts
Nov 20, 2019
4:24 AM
Thanks, Knight66.

I think the first time I played this with the band was early August 2018. From memory, I forgot where I was up to somewhere in chorus 3 and had to fake it for a chorus or 2 until I decided I knew how and where I was gonna pick it up again.

I generally remember how it goes now. This may be the 12th or 13th time I’ve performed it on stage

Not too long after that first performance I had to find a new guitar player and take over all the front duty. It’s been a year now since my first gig as (ostensibly) leader. We don’t play out that often; I guess we average once a month.

Previous guitarist was a blues fan, in the guitar-centric way. He could play slide and those picking rhythms pretty slickly, and he was an organiser. This guitarist is coming from a different angle. I don’t think he has studied the delta players and he doesn’t play slide. He has been paying attention to Buddy Guy and Peter Green but I think is mainly his own man. I like him because he is pretty much in the moment and his sense of humour is more aligned with mine. He is less of a teacher/historian and more of an entertainer. People who attend the shows have commented the band is more fun now. I hope he stays around. I need to get us some more gigs! I also need to work on the entertainment angle. That’s the main gig really.

I always think I look somewhat crazed when I play, and wonder if I should try wearing shades to hide my eyes.

Oh, the Pinegrove Harp Holster is in use here. 4 harps on the hip. I’ve slung it on a belt worn over my shirt but if you’re ‘tucked in’ it’s fine worn on the belt in the keepers.

I think it’s the best solution I’ve seen yet. Very pleased with it.
6 posts
Nov 20, 2019
6:14 PM
Superbee , great job ! Enjoyed that and I'm glad you posted it.
6310 posts
Nov 21, 2019
6:11 AM
Mark9, thanks for the comment. I appreciate you.
I listened through some reasonable headphones and was pleasantly surprised. Much better than just listening through the phone.

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