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Posted by Bob 'Skippy' Blechinger on April 25, 2001 at 13:29:35:

In Reply to: making it... posted by greg on April 25, 2001 at 12:11:36:


: Ok... I am sure this is a topic many of us are familar with, and I am looking
: for some insight into how to handle the situation. I play in an original band,
: the lead guitar player is the sole writer, some of the songs are very, very good
: and areof the caliber to get radio play, and some of the songs are basically
: just crap, loud, overdriven guitar solos, no changes, etc...here are the issues
: i am dealing with.

: 1) When the drummer and I tell him that some of his songs just don't groove,
: and that nobody wants to hear 5 minutes of a screeching guitar solo,
: he doesnt listen.

Greg,
He can't; he's probably deaf from the screeching guitar by now. ;-)

The problem here is that he *is* the sole writer; that fact gives him a *lot* of power in the band, and it looks like he's *not* handling it well. What's needed is input from the *other* band members, telling him which songs are good and which should be 86'ed.

And if he doesn't follow your lead, walk. *All* of you. That's about the *only* way to deal with it, sorry to say...

Even if some of the material is "radio quality", that doesn't mean a hell of a lot these days; given that you mainly hear teeny-pop chickies, sucky boy bands, and crappy rap on radio, there's not a helluva lot of room left for *real* bands.

Big Question: Have you guys *recorded* anything yet?

Once you have something on tape - even if it's a good-quality demo - you've got something you can use to promte yourselves. You can do stuff like put your music on MP3.com (which just took a turn for the sucky by announcing that they were going to charge bands $19.95/month to put their music on the site), or even trade on Napster.

The trick is to record *just* the good stuff! ;-)

: 2) His constant talk of making it drives us up a wall...

He is hereby doomed to play in crappy cover bands at Holiday Inn lounges for the rest of his life.

Trust me on this, but *don't* ask how I know these things... ;-)

: 3) His constant complaints that we (me and the drummer) are not contributing
: enough practice time (right now two nights a week for 3-4 hours), and that
: we should be over there more are driving us up a wall. for the record, the
: drummer and i work and have other responsibilites ranging from family to prior
: musical commitmants, while the guitar player does nothing else but write and play,
: and the singer is mentally ill and does not work so has all the free time in the world.

Wonderful band you've got there...

The problem here is that if the band *is* going to make it, you need to make a *big* commitment of time and effort; you know that already, right?

The question is, do *you* want to make it?

It's *not* impossible to balance a music career with other responsibilities; right now, though, your guitarist needs to understand that *you* have the other commitments, and deal with them fairly.

You have a clear conflict of priorities here, and I think it's more your guitarist's problem than yours.

: Bassically, the guy just does not listen, and does not realize the fact that
: we are all in our 30's with other commitments in life...argghhhh...sorry guys,
: but i just had to vent..

Not a problem, Greg; it happens a *lot* more often that you might think...

Good luck!

-Bob



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