Every one wants to have a play, that’s what jam sessions are about. How to get the best out of the circumstances is in everyone’s favour
The common aim is to make original and/or experimental music and performances. Unless a cover/version has a unique angle, the 82a Sunday Sessions is not the place. There are numerous other places where you can play the blues, standards and covers
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Sunday 24th April 2016:
unrelated pic from 25th Jan 2015 “The Big Picture” (or a fun way to paint the studio floor)
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Over loud snare drum. It’s not a problem with every drummer, however when a lot of snare drum leaks into all the other mics and is especially loud in the house mics, it’s a sure sign that the snare is out of balance with the rest of the kit and other instruments. Could be years of whacking a snare drum has had a detrimental effect on the ears. Worth a hearing check maybe?
Personally I’ve lost some of the ability to hear frequencies above 9Khz in my left ear thru just one blast of a stupid plastic bugle by a @#$% idiot who thought it would be funny. F#$%ing HA HA! I now have to make sure I listen for high frequencies with my right ear otherwise I tend to over compensate
Odd habit of some bass players hitting the strings after playing a note, not as part of any ‘slapping’ technique. It’s not the sort of thing that can be compressed or EQ’d out. Each one has to be snipped out in the mix down, a hugely time consuming and annoying task. Old school players simply didn’t/don’t do it. Maybe because there was no way in analogue recording to get rid of it and an audio engineer would have gone ballistic at anyone doing it.
Best not to play tambourines, maracas, claves etc close to a microphone. They tend to overload a mic like crazy, distorting the higher frequencies. Their sounds are unique (and extremely ‘hard’). A metre away is usually close enough
Reiterated – Still a lot of over playing … with not much to say
Reiterated – Can’t emphasize this enough. If there’s something you want to do, write a simple chord chart!
Sunday 17th April 2016:
unrelated pic :-)
Some really interesting ideas emerged at the session, unfortunately a lot was swamped out by too many players trying to take the lead instead of biding their time and/or leaving space for others, which led to the volume spiraling ever upward resulting in uncontrollable leakage into all the mics, making it almost impossible to mix down some tracks.
There really is a time when people need to back off for a while, leave space to allow things to develop instead of trying to force something to happen!
It’s also not a good idea to move a vocal mic over next to a mirror. A mirror will reflect sound from other sources into the mic, cluttering the sound (bleed) and it can induce feedback. The stands at the studio have been heavily weighted ’cause A) they’re positioned for optimum performance and loudness to your advantage and it’s best they not be moved and; B) so they can’t be accidentally knocked over.
Sunday 10th April 2016:
You don’t have to play it all when there are other players:
Often guitarists, especially, will strum full chords through a song as if they have to carry the whole load even though there’s a band backing them. Likely it comes from playing by oneself where you do have to fill things out. However, when there are other instruments the rhythm section can hold the tempo and define the structure. Other chordal instruments can fill out the chords. Rather than strumming throughout, put your instrument to more effective use by playing smart, sparce, leave space to create dynamics and tension. Sometimes an arpeggio is more than enough and dampened strings can really drive things along without filling up the sonic space
Reiterated – A simple chord chart:
If there’s something you’d like the other players to be involved in … go figure
Reiterated – Volume wars:
82a is not a stadium!
Originality: The 82a Sunday Sessions provide the equipment and an opportunity for experienced performers to experiment, improvise/jam and extend their boundaries, try new work, get honest appraisal etc. It’s not the place for simply doing or learning covers or standards. However, it doesn’t prevent people from exchanging knowledge
There are numerous open mic events and other places that cater for covers
Unless it is a standard formula like a blues or a relatively simple chord structure and arrangement, it takes an exceptional musician to be able to follow and improvise by ear over tunes/songs they don’t know. Most will stand back and wait until they’ve heard it thru at least once before they even attempt
It it is far simpler, more cohesive and it takes far less time to write out a rough chord chart, have it photographed and projected onto a big screen than it does to;
There’s facility for Ipod, computer, CD, Band in a Box, marker pens, paper, big screen, everything needed to write out charts, photograph them and put them on a big screen within a minute so everyone can be on the same page
Like John Farnham or not, he’s a master. Even with the best concert equipment and operators, he adds the final, inimitable touches to his performances
@ 01:02 In order to hit the right note, he really has to belt out the word “ends”. He turns his head completely away to where his mouth is no where near the microphone just for that one word
Acoustic instruments like ukulele, violin, acoustic guitar, acoustic bass etc can only be turned up to the point where they start to feed back without compromising the unique qualities of their sound. If you can’t hear them, something is too loud. You can make sure it isn’t you