… back in the Farmers Arms for open mic 3.
Last week I didn’t record, just to take the pressure off a bit, my practiced set of two songs went really well, but the musicians were thin on the ground so (after a pint ) went back up. First song went went ok, nailed the intro to the second (mainly by cutting out the tough bits) and then forgot the main chorus chords, it was ok overall, but I am not ready to play all the back catalogue ‘on demand’.
Anyway, back to last night.
I (obviously) can’t hit the soaring screams of Ian Gillan, so for Child in Time, I’ve dropped it by a tone and swapped out the wailing screams with a basic position 1 minor pentatonic “solo”. Keeping the main section super simple with the looper pedal, which I used live for the first time
However, as it transpired, my communication with the sound guy was off point during sound setup I was turning my lead pedal down while he was turning the amp input up.
Pain ensued…. (2 min to 2:45 ish if you want to skip, or go straight to it if that’s your thing )
It might not have been that bad if I hadn’t built up so well and brought silence to the place first.
Eventually, I found the setting and continued.
I wasn’t going to do a second, especially after the previous weeks failure with non practiced songs, but I guess I now have an ‘old favourite’ to fall back on, which I was pleased about because I can now play and sing this fairly automatically, even live under pressure. Got a sing-a-long too.
So now I have the motivation to pick back up the blues lead, pentatonic scales and associated modules back with Justin.
I’m also thinking, just drop the improvised ‘screams’ and just go straight to the solo that Richie Blackmore has already provided. I’ll try and post some progress, haven’t concentrated much on lead up until now.
I’m pleased that I’m throwing myself into the deep end, so much learning. Even the excruciating painful parts are teaching so much, I’m happy to just rock up and give it a go, knowing it might all go to crap, under the “I’m new to this banner”.