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Archive for February, 2012

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Gig #28, Log Jam in Grand Ledge

Gig #28
2/17/12
Gig #28 Log Jam

The Gig:
Chris, the owner of the Log Jam called me to book a Saturday night gig which we booked for March 10. Chris said that he has been thinking about starting to do music on Fridays. He asked me to contact him the following week to talk more about it. I got back with Chris the following week and we booked the next two Fridays.

The Lesson Learned:
If you read the last commentary you know I had a very hard time with the sound. So my main focus on this gig was speaker placement and tweaking my mixer to get a better quality sound out of my guitar. The fix was easy. I placed the speaker to my left about 10 feet away, which was almost the corner of the room. I faced the speaker toward the center of the room. In this position I could hear myself pretty good. The other speaker was off to my right and a foot or two in forward.
To get a more natural acoustic sound out of my guitar I simply turned down the pre-amp built into my guitar’s pickup and increased the gain on the channel that my guitar was plugged into on my mixer. The problem was solved. I don’t know why I didn’t do this the other night. I learned this technique some time ago.

The Music:
As I explained above the sound was good. This gave me the confidence to let loose and kick it out. I had a good turnout, again thanks to so many of my loyal friends and a few others. I had a great Log Jam Mahi Mahi dinner, then played 3 full sets. I had a couple of request to play a few songs that I had played earlier in the evening which I was more than happy to do.

Special thanks to:

   Everybody that came out to support me. I appreciate it so much!!
• Kimmy, for taking pictures and her continued support.
• Chris for again providing me the platform to share my love for music and hone my skills.

Looking forward to the next one next Friday at the Log Jam.
Tim

Gig #27, Waterfront Bar & Gill (Lansing MI)

Gig #27 

2/15/12

Gig #27 Waterfront Bar & Grill

The Gig:

How did I get the Gig? Easy, just ask.

My wife and I and some friends met at the Waterfront Bar for drinks a couple Fridays ago. A guitar player/singing was providing the entertainment.  The owner of the bar was talking to some people next to us.  When he had finished I asked how does a guy get a gig here?  His response was “just ask me” so I did.  He asked when and I suggested a week from Wednesday, and the gig was booked.

 The night that I booked the gig we met some new friends, Cindy and Karen.  They both came out for the gig and brought some of their friends.  Also had my peeps from the hood and some new and old friends came out to support me.  Thanks to everyone.

 The Lesson Learned:

I learned that I still have a lot to learn.  I think that I may try a monitor speaker.  I’ve never set one up before so I’ll have to try it at home first.  It will be extra gear to haul and set up but I’m such a sound freak so I think it will help.  Maybe if tonight goes well I’ll put the idea off for a while, we’ll see.

 The Music:

The gig was on a Wed. The owner pretty much let me set up the time. I decided to play from 6 – 9 to try and catch the happy hour crowd.

 I arrived about 45 minutes prior to our agreed start time of 6 PM.  Due to the smaller venue and the lack of a safe route to run additional speaker cable, I decided to only set up one speaker.  Scott, the owner, showed me a couple of jacks that I could plug my PA in to that would broadcast the sound over his sound system, but I didn’t think my gear would adapt to them. I strummed my guitar a few times to check the sound.  I made several adjustments but could not get satisfactory sound on the guitar.  The vocal seemed fine.  I had two problems: one, the speaker position.  I couldn’t put it behind me and I could not set it off to the side of me far enough away so that I could turn it towards me enough so I could hear myself.  I put it just over my right shoulder, (see the Photo Album tab) which almost had an effect like my ears were plugged.  And two, I think I needed to turn the volume down on my guitar pickup and then adjust the gain on my mixer because my guitar sounded like…well, you know s#!t.

 I was also very nerves.  I thought that I was over that.  It felt more like gig #7 rather than gig #27. I’m blaming this one on the poor sound, first time venue and a stretch of about two months since my last gig.

 I have another gig tonight at a familiar venue, the Log Jam in Grand Ledge.  I’m anticipating a much more positive experience.

To see more pictures please click on the Photo Album tab/ Gig #27

 Special thanks to:

  • Everybody that came out to support me. I appreciate it so much!!
  • Kimmy, for taking pictures and her continued support.
  •  Scott and the crew down at the Waterfront for making me feel at home.

 

Looking forward to the next one,

Tim

Gig #26 Song Writer Collaboration

Gig #26
1/29/12
Gig #26 Song Writer Collaboration

The Gig:
As the title of this gig suggest, I have been working with a song writer.

Often I scan the Musician’s section on Craig’s List. I came across a listing from a song writer looking for someone to sing his songs. I decided to reply . Why?
Since Christmas the gig thing kind of slowed down. Along with the slowdown comes some self-doubt, wondering if I have the talent and wondering if I should continue to pursue this project or move on to something else. So I thought what the heck, nothing ventured nothing gained and I’m curious about how other facets of the music business work. The worst thing that could happen was nothing.
In the response to the ad I explained a little about myself and suggested that the author (Tom C) check out both of my web sites to learn more about me and listen to me sing to see if he is interest in pursuing further. Tom responded back that he was interested. He wrote “I have been writing for the female vocalist(s) for the past 5 years so it is interesting to possibly collaborate with a male voice–especially on the more “grittier” songs. I can definitely hear you laying down some vocal tracks/performing on the newer material that I have written since the band I was in broke up.” Tom included some links to some of his work so I could check out his music as well.
I checked out some of Tom’s work. The style of his music was along the Folk genera. It was obvious that Tom was a professional and has been involved in the music business for quite a while. This made me both excited and a little nerves. I wrote Tom back and explained that I wasn’t a big fan of folk music but I wanted to move forward.
Tom suggested that he could send me some demo’s of the new stuff he had been writing. He explained that has been thinking about doing a solo album of originals with singers from around the area and that he had a couple of songs that have a “country” feel that he could hear me doing.
Tom sent a couple of demo’s. I worked with them for a few days, record myself playing and singing them and sent them back. He responded that the next step would be to get together at his home studio. We set up a time and date.

I arrived on a Thursday evening. Tom welcomed me to his home, introduced me to his wife and we headed down to his basement studio. This in itself was somewhat of a new experience, that is – with the exception of a few emails correspondences and listening to each other music,’ I was going to a complete stranger’s house. But within a few minutes I made that observation that our life styles seemed quite similar which eases my anxiety . We made some small talk and then got down to business. One of the first things that Tom wanted to talk about was compensation. I told him that at this point I wasn’t worried about getting paid and that I just wanted to work together some and see how things go. Another topic on his mind was one of his demo’s that I work on and sent back to him. He explained that he didn’t feel that I was a good match for the song because it was the saddist song that he had ever wrote and felt that with my upbeat personality, I wouldn’t be able to get the feeling he was looking for . I had absolutely no problem with this. Music can be very personal and even more so from the creator of the song. It’s very important to me that I convey his music how he intended it to be heard. I definitely appreciated and respected his honesty.

2/11/12 – Update coming soon.

Looking forward to the next one,
Tim

3/10 The Log Jam – Grand Ledge

2/4 @ 7:00ish Waterfront Bar & Grill – Lansing