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Title: Joerfes Roadcase
Post by: Joerfe on October 14, 2015, 10:00:58 pm
Wall of text warning, but I wanted to give some additional information....

I started learning to play the guitar in february 2013. In fact I have been meaning to learn for the last 30 odd years, ever since I was exposed to the completely wrong teachers when I was 13. A time in life where you need to be motivated to learn and not exposed to reading notes… At least that did not work for me so I was discouraged for many years ahead.

Fast forward about 10 years where I found myself in the company of quite a lot of musicians as I shared an apartment with a drummer who played in 3 or 4 coverbands. I went to most of their shows and many a night we partied in our apartment afterwards, oh the times we had! It never really occurred to me that I should try and learn again, I guess my previous attempts had scared me off.

A few years later it was all about family and career, so no time for music. I toured the world in the shape of a ProductManager with the world as office. Exciting at times, but most times it was not. I needed to re-focus and that need came with our daughters arrival.

I decided to change completely and educated myself as an Medical Massage Therapist, you know, your shoulder hurts you go see me etc. When starting up a business like that you find that you have quite some time on your hands between customers (which has changed a lot!), so one day I suddenly thought: Hey, maybe I  can learn to play the guitar via the internet! What a fabulous idea, so I stumbled across Justins course and have been at it ever since.

I started out with my older sisters beginner nylon strung Cimar, a sub-brand of Ibanez and a crappy guitar it was. 3 months in I bought a second hand Cort Earth 100 acoustic and what a difference that made! The change from the nylon strings and the laminate to the Cort was indeed very noticeable and the difference in playability…. Man!

But with a new family it is hard to find time to play in the evening. Playing the acoustic in a small house is not a good idea when a child (or anyone) is supposed to sleep so I decided to get myself an electric to practice the changes and the fingerings. I found myself a Yamaha 121erg used for little money, but only to discover you really need sound.

I tried a iRig for a while but soon discovered that I might just as well get an amp. I fell over the Mustang II ver.2 because of all the good things you hear about it and the fact that as a new player it is difficult to know which amp to buy.

With the Mustang I have loads of amps and stomp boxes to choose from so the board you see in the picture should more or less take care of my needs. A tuner and a looper and the two-way footswitch for the amp and I am good to go.

I now mostly use the Orange Amp simulation both for rhythm and lead and as you can see from the picture I try to be as minimalistic about effects as possible. My main setup in the amp is a channel for rhythm which is the Orange with a little gain and a channel for lead which is the exact same but with a clean boost in front. I then regulate with the volume and tone knobs on the guitar.

(http://www.effektiv-massage.dk/MustangII_4.jpg)
Fender Mustang II ver. 2, Boss TU-3 looper and TC Electronics Polytune

Suddenly I could hear what a bad guitar the Yamaha was! I thought of changing the pickups but in the meantime I had been trying out guitars in a guitarshop to figure out the difference in guitars in general….. Big mistake! I fell in love with the Gibson Les Paul jr. 2014 (picture).

(http://www.effektiv-massage.dk/Gibsonlpj_2.jpg)
Gibson lpj '14

I liked the width of the lp’s fingerboard and soon it was obvious to me that the acoustic Cort would hold me back, at least psychologically. I love playing fingerstyle and for that a wider fingerboard suited me better…. Say no more, I searched high and low in the second hand market but there are very little guitars available that was interesting to me.

I went to the musicstores once again with the idea to find the ideal acoustic guitar. I tried out many in my pricerange and finally in a newly opened shop I tried the Sigma SOMR-28H (picture), bought it and love it to bits! It is by far my go-to guitar and the sound and playability is a perfect match to me!

(http://www.effektiv-massage.dk/Sigma_2.jpg)
Sigma SOMR-28H

Starting a band
Late this summer of 2015 I decided to challenge myself and find people to play with so I made some requests via facebook in different groups, and l was happy when a bass player responded. We have been meeting since September and now we have contact with a percussionist and a guitarist who we will meet later this month, and we (hopefully) have a band! I am new on the guitar and they have had breaks up to 20 years on their instruments so I guess it all adds up somehow and we can meet at equal levels more or less.
My only concern is if my current amp, the Mustang II is powerful enough (40 Watts) when we are cooking, but that will show soon enough. Luckily the drummer is a percussionist so my hope is that he can vary his sound level on the drum set.
Title: Re: Joerfes Roadcase
Post by: de_conne on October 15, 2015, 01:10:37 pm
Nice Gear you have there.

My gear is more or less the same. I don't have the ditto tuner, use a jamman looper and have the Mustang III as you probably know ;)

Nice to hear your story Joerfe. I enjoyed reading it.

regards,
de_conne
Title: Re: Joerfes Roadcase
Post by: LievenDV on October 15, 2015, 02:41:52 pm
great story, thanks for sharing!
(If you wonderd what the "edited by LievenDV means; I added some whitespaces to make the content more pleasant to read :) )
Title: Re: Joerfes Roadcase
Post by: Joerfe on October 15, 2015, 10:51:28 pm
Thanks Lieven, also for the edits.
De_conne, yeah, it seams we are following the same path.


\m/ rock on \m/
end Jesper
Title: Re: Joerfes Roadcase
Post by: Joerfe on October 15, 2015, 10:57:39 pm
In this week I decided to get going on the Blues Lead Course. This was partly inspired by a thread by de_conne, thanks man. But also the fact that it is needed in the new band and I really love playing solos and I enjoy listening to fills and lead in songs.
Until now I focussed a lot on rythm as I think that is the most important in playing songs, a strong base. But with a second guitarist in the band I can indulge.
So diving into Justins licks one by one and getting those scales up to speed.


\m/ rock on \m/
end Jesper
Title: Re: Joerfes Roadcase
Post by: Joerfe on October 16, 2015, 06:52:03 pm
From time to time I have a vacant hour or so at the clinic and I always end up thinking that I should have an acoustic there.

I found this Street ova-5 which is a Chinese copy of an Ovation. It was dirt cheap because it had been damaged during transport. The guy I bought it from had bought it from the reseller, repaired it and sold it to me. He made a little cash, I got a guitar 30% cheaper and it has even been setup and plays very smoothly.
It even has a piezo pickup so it'll work out fine in the band and the destinct Ovation like tone will make it stand out.
I'm liking it blue color, ornamentation and all. It's very "Country".
(http://images.tapatalk-cdn.com/15/10/16/1b2ec2459e7c5525e1fc45da060b96d5.jpg)


\m/ rock on \m/
end Jesper
Title: Re: Joerfes Roadcase
Post by: Borodog on October 16, 2015, 09:32:29 pm
Nice looking guitar. Congrats.
Title: Re: Joerfes Roadcase
Post by: Joerfe on October 16, 2015, 11:12:50 pm

Nice looking guitar. Congrats.

Thanks, Boro. Compared to the Sigma it is not even remotely close tonewise (or by looks) but that's not relevant for what I'll be using it for. I really like that it is so different from what I already have.


Now, get off that interweb and play the darn geetar!
Title: Re: Joerfes Roadcase
Post by: Joerfe on December 07, 2015, 11:20:28 am
Guitar/music relevant birthday presents today:
A Laney active monitor to hear myself singing over that pretty loud drummer ;):
(http://www.laney.co.uk/images/large/cxp-110-left-facing2.jpg)

And a microphone stand, much needed as I usually borrow from the bassplayers daughter!
(http://image.4sound.com/i/39885/Supreme-Mikrofonstativ-MS200.jpg)
Title: Re: Joerfes Roadcase
Post by: LievenDV on December 07, 2015, 12:56:33 pm
congratulations and very useful gear :) e decent monitor will help you to sing a lot better as you won't go pushing your voice too hard.
Title: Re: Joerfes Roadcase
Post by: Joerfe on December 07, 2015, 02:58:19 pm
Thx Lieven. Yeah, it's pretty hard without a monitor. I usually borrow a small Roland 10watt "singing amp" or whatever you'd call it but it just doesn't do it for me.
This one is most likely overkill being 65 watts RMS but it's gonna keep me happy for a long time.
Title: Re: Joerfes Roadcase
Post by: stitch101 on December 07, 2015, 04:56:33 pm
Happy birthday great gifts.
Every mic stand needs a cup/bottle holder. Keeps your water/beer off the stage so it doesn't
get knocked over.
Maybe you'll get one for Christmas

(http://media.guitarcenter.com/is/image/MMGS7/Microphone-Stand-Drink-Holder/426500000000000-00-500x500.jpg)

Title: Re: Joerfes Roadcase
Post by: Joerfe on December 07, 2015, 07:35:00 pm
That's a great idea, Stitch! I haven't seen those before but I have seen a lot of spilled beer on stages!
Title: Re: Joerfes Roadcase
Post by: bradt on December 07, 2015, 08:26:12 pm
Happy Birthday Joerfe!

That's some nice looking gear there.

That LPJ is awesome. I didn't know they made them with two pickups. Aside from the slightly different neck profile and the humbuckers, that and my studio are basically the same guitar.
Title: Re: Joerfes Roadcase
Post by: Joerfe on December 08, 2015, 06:08:45 am
Thanks Bradt.
The lpj is not the same as a junior which has only one pu.
I think the lpj is meant as a stripped Studio and I love that basic look without bindings and what have you.
Title: Re: Joerfes Roadcase
Post by: bradt on December 08, 2015, 06:49:32 am
The lpj is not the same as a junior which has only one pu.
I think the lpj is meant as a stripped Studio and I love that basic look without bindings and what have you.

Ahh, well there you have it. I learned something new today. Guess I get to pack it in early. :)

Basically the same guitar then. Really like the wood on yours. It almost looks like a single piece in the photo.

ETA- Was just looking back at the pic after posting, and the text just above says les paul junior. I guess that's what had me confused :)
Title: Re: Joerfes Roadcase
Post by: Joerfe on December 08, 2015, 04:34:55 pm
It is two pieces but it is extremely hard to see.
My mistake in the op, must be a typo!
Title: Re: Joerfes Roadcase
Post by: Joerfe on December 19, 2015, 02:15:10 pm
Unfortunately I never really bonded with the Ova-5 so it had to go.
But that left an empty spot at the clinic so when I had the chance (today) I tried out this Yamaha Travel guitar called APXT2. And it is so much better for me. The size is small but great for my purpose, a nice sound and the pickup is ok for the money.
(http://images.tapatalk-cdn.com/15/12/19/f1498aaf8e06d4f2c5fb9ef432cc9dfc.jpg)
Title: Re: Joerfes Roadcase
Post by: Joerfe on May 11, 2016, 08:15:31 pm
Darn it!
The bloody bass player has left the band for another band which is almost ready for gigging.
Not that I blame him, really. We were a jam band nowhere near a gig in any future, but still...
What really bothers me the most is that our rehearsal spot was at his house so now we are one bass player AND a rehearsal spot short.
Double darn!!!!

So now I am back focussing on my acoustic and learning songs fit for solo performance which is good, but boy, do I miss playing in a band.
Title: Re: Joerfes Roadcase
Post by: Fox Cunning on May 11, 2016, 08:43:25 pm
Darn it!
The bloody bass player has left the band for another band which is almost ready for gigging.
Not that I blame him, really. We were a jam band nowhere near a gig in any future, but still...
What really bothers me the most is that our rehearsal spot was at his house so now we are one bass player AND a rehearsal spot short.
Double darn!!!!

So now I am back focussing on my acoustic and learning songs fit for solo performance which is good, but boy, do I miss playing in a band.
Aw, that really sucks!

We're also going to lose our drummer soon - but we knew it from the beginning as he's just here for his internship and that ends in summer.

Wish you luck, hopefully you will find a replacement - also for the venue!
Title: Re: Joerfes Roadcase
Post by: tobyjenner on May 11, 2016, 10:59:59 pm
Ahh that's showbiz  :(

Sure you'll find a new bass player soon  8)
Title: Re: Joerfes Roadcase
Post by: LievenDV on June 19, 2016, 07:43:26 am
ah crap joerfe...when ambition changes within the group, it always becomes a threat if it isn't aligned.

Hope you guys get on track fast!
Title: Re: Joerfes Roadcase
Post by: Joerfe on June 19, 2016, 10:47:15 am
Thanks Lieven. In fact I took the opportunity to re-asses and I rather quickly found a musician who has been playing drums, bass and guitar for about 50 years(!). We share taste in the music we want to play and are currently building a repertoire based on two acoustic guitars with me singing and him playing lead.
In time we might add other semi-acoustic instruments but for now we are just the two of us. Happy days indeed.
Title: Re: Joerfes Roadcase
Post by: Joerfe on June 23, 2016, 01:25:10 pm
K&K pure mini installed.

As I wrote earlier in the purchase section I bought the K&K Pure Mini pickup for my acoustic and had a pro install it.
This pickup is a transducer (actually 3) mounted inside the guitar under the bridge which basically means that it picks up the vibrations from the soundbord created by the strings.

The manual and the supplied tools suggested that I would have been able to do the install myself. But drilling the hole for the output jack was the one thing that scared me enough to not doing it.

Now it is installed and I am very pleased with it. I must say that the sound the transducers creates is very close to my guitars natural sound and not at all as jangly as a piezo pickup can be but warm and full. I cannot understand the electronics behind that but it does a great job.
As soon as I get a chance I will re-record one or two of my previously recorded songs.
Title: Re: Joerfes Roadcase
Post by: Joerfe on September 21, 2016, 10:08:01 am
New Band!
So I joined a new band and we had our first session yesterday. I knew the bass player from before, but the rest are new people. We are a country band and there are the five of us, drums, bass, lead guitar, female singer and me on rythm guitar.

I don't really know how to describe it, but yesterday was one of those rare moments of meeting new people and everything just clicked. All are accomplished musicians with quite some years on their instruments and at the same time we were having fun together right from the get go.

Our setlist so far is:
- Jolene, Miley Cyrus version
- On The Road Again, Willie Nelson
- Me and Bobby McGee, Kris Kristoffersen
- A Soft Place to Fall, Allison Moorer
- Every Little Thing, Carlene Carter
- Something to Talk About, Bonnie Raitt
- Too High, Blackberry Smoke
- One Horse Town, Blackberry Smoke

So, a mix of older and never Country songs. We played them all a few times, some of the songs were new to some and we adjusted some of the songs to fit the singer.
I was/am really stoked about how great we sounded right from the beginning. Granted, Country is not the hardest genre, but it requires that particular drive in the band for it to work properly.
I hope to post some soundclips soon.

I did start to look for a Telecaster which is a must in this genre, but I play the acoustic on all these songs and it just sounds great together with the lead guitarist so I think I'll stick to the acoustic and use my Les Paul when needed. Not really a justifiable reason anough to buy a Tele, but I'll maybe upgrade my Mustang II to a III down the line to be able to plug into the PA and all the other added features it has.
Title: Re: Joerfes Roadcase
Post by: Johan217 on September 21, 2016, 01:14:53 pm
I did start to look for a Telecaster which is a must in this genre
Don't follow the crowd! Be different! Be cool! Get an Esquire or Jazzmaster  ;)
Title: Re: Joerfes Roadcase
Post by: tobyjenner on September 21, 2016, 01:28:37 pm
Great new Jesper hope it all works out, sounds like you've got a good mix of folk but really cool that you feel you just clicked. Be interesting to hear the material once you get stuck into your "set".
 
Toby
 8)
Title: Re: Joerfes Roadcase
Post by: Joerfe on September 21, 2016, 02:48:11 pm
Don't follow the crowd! Be different! Be cool! Get an Esquire or Jazzmaster  ;)

Yeah, that would raise a few eyebrows. I'll stick with the LesPaul for now and I am considering to have a coil split modification on it to get a little closer to the Tele sound.
Title: Re: Joerfes Roadcase
Post by: stitch101 on September 21, 2016, 04:21:48 pm
Quote
Not really a justifiable reason anough to buy a Tele
You need a justifiable reason to buy a new guitar? Have I been doing this wrong all theses years. ;)

Sounds like you have hooked up with a good group of people. Gotta love it when things just fall into
place.  8)
Title: Re: Joerfes Roadcase
Post by: jtbrown1 on September 21, 2016, 06:57:08 pm
New Band!
So I joined a new band and we had our first session yesterday. I knew the bass player from before, but the rest are new people. We are a country band and there are the five of us, drums, bass, lead guitar, female singer and me on rythm guitar.

I don't really know how to describe it, but yesterday was one of those rare moments of meeting new people and everything just clicked. All are accomplished musicians with quite some years on their instruments and at the same time we were having fun together right from the get go.

Our setlist so far is:
- Jolene, Miley Cyrus version
- On The Road Again, Willie Nelson
- Me and Bobby McGee, Kris Kristoffersen
- A Soft Place to Fall, Allison Moorer
- Every Little Thing, Carlene Carter
- Something to Talk About, Bonnie Raitt
- Too High, Blackberry Smoke
- One Horse Town, Blackberry Smoke

So, a mix of older and never Country songs. We played them all a few times, some of the songs were new to some and we adjusted some of the songs to fit the singer.
I was/am really stoked about how great we sounded right from the beginning. Granted, Country is not the hardest genre, but it requires that particular drive in the band for it to work properly.
I hope to post some soundclips soon.

I did start to look for a Telecaster which is a must in this genre, but I play the acoustic on all these songs and it just sounds great together with the lead guitarist so I think I'll stick to the acoustic and use my Les Paul when needed. Not really a justifiable reason anough to buy a Tele, but I'll maybe upgrade my Mustang II to a III down the line to be able to plug into the PA and all the other added features it has.
That's a nice setlist your band is playing. Very inspiring for us to see you reach this level!

We're you provided the list ahead of time, and worked out your arrangements in advance?

You're responsible for rhythm guitar - what kind of techniques are you using? Are you strumming your electric, or doing more complicated things?

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Title: Re: Joerfes Roadcase
Post by: Joerfe on September 21, 2016, 07:29:28 pm
You need a justifiable reason to buy a new guitar?

Sort of, yes. I like to keep it simple, and if one guitar can do most styles and songs to a satisfactory level (to me), I see no reason to buy a lot of guitars. Probably also why I like the Mustang amp.
The lead guitarist plays a Tele so me playing a LesPaul will help differentiate our sound and widen it.


/Jesper
Title: Re: Joerfes Roadcase
Post by: Joerfe on September 21, 2016, 07:53:15 pm
We're you provided the list ahead of time, and worked out your arrangements in advance?

You're responsible for rhythm guitar - what kind of techniques are you using? Are you strumming your electric, or doing more complicated things?

I joined the band as the second member and helped in the process of finding the singer and the lead guitarist. During that process we agreed on a few songs to get us started. Two of the ones we play was my suggestions (Blackberry Smoke) so I kind of had a head start on those.
Re. arrangements we try to keep close to the original at least in the beginning. That helps keeping things simple which is good at this point. So it's all a matter of listening to the songs and pick out the instruments.

I did bring both electric and acoustic for this first rehearsal, but I ended up playing only acoustic. It fits the genre so well, and I really love playing acoustic so it's a perfect match. If future song choices cater for electric I'll play that for sure.

Playing rythm is a lot of different techniques. Many songs on this list are meant for strumming,some are just your regular strumming patterns with accent on the first beat but the Blackberry Smoke songs has alternating bass lines and signature riffs which I play as well. Others I play only the 2., 3., 4. And 5. string to stay off bass territory (6. String) and off the 1. to avoid interfering with the singer and the lead guitar (goes for both On the Road Again and Bobby McGee)
In Jolene and Soft Place to Fall I play fingerstyle with a thumb pick. Especially Jolene is hard as it is a fast song.

When you first start playing everybody wants to play lead. Me too. But after a while I realised the beauty of being part of the underlying groove. There is still so much more exciting rythm techniques for me to learn in the Country genre so learning wise I am set for a long time.


/Jesper
Title: Re: Joerfes Roadcase
Post by: jtbrown1 on September 21, 2016, 10:19:57 pm


we agreed on a few songs to get us started. Two of the ones we play was my suggestions (Blackberry Smoke) so I kind of had a head start on those.
Re. arrangements we try to keep close to the original at least in the beginning. That helps keeping things simple which is good at this point. So it's all a matter of listening to the songs and pick out the instruments.

I did bring both electric and acoustic for this first rehearsal, but I ended up playing only acoustic.

Many songs on this list are meant for strumming,some are just your regular strumming patterns with accent on the first beat but the Blackberry Smoke songs has alternating bass lines and signature riffs which I play as well. Others I play only the 2., 3., 4. And 5. string to stay off bass territory (6. String) and off the 1. to avoid interfering with the singer and the lead guitar (goes for both On the Road Again and Bobby McGee)
In Jolene and Soft Place to Fall I play fingerstyle with a thumb pick. Especially Jolene is hard as it is a fast song.

When you first start playing everybody wants to play lead. Me too. But after a while I realised the beauty of being part of the underlying groove. There is still so much more exciting rythm techniques for me to learn in the Country genre so learning wise I am set for a long time.


/Jesper

Great reply. Thank you!

Dig you already "know" to avoid the 6 and 1 strings, or did your ears sense something wrong? That's something that's not obvious to us bedroom guitar players.

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Title: Re: Joerfes Roadcase
Post by: Joerfe on September 22, 2016, 06:41:18 am
Playing the middle strings only was a hint I got from playing with another (very experienced) guitarist. We were just the two of us trying to get a few songs performance ready.
He suggested me to stay clear of the 1st and 6th string for the reasons I mentioned above.
Rythm guitar is very much a mid tone instrument, so staying on the middle strings and boosting your amps mid tone puts you in your own tonal area when the band plays. Look at is like putting instruments on different shelves instead of cramming all af them into the same shelf.

But, it depends on the song. Different strokes for different songs. But, if you have the technique (this goes for any technique) you can decide when to use it or not.
Title: Re: Joerfes Roadcase
Post by: Joerfe on December 18, 2016, 07:56:46 pm
Time for a roadcase update as there has been a few quite major changes, should I say add-ons.
Playing country music for a while now made me realize that I needed a better tool than the Gibson lpj. I love that guitar, but it is definately not very true to the sound one expects in that genre.
I decíded to look around for a Telecaster and I soon found a Mexican Fender '50s Classic Telecaster with an upgraded neck pickup second hand at a decent price. She is a blonde and looks excellent despite being from 2004. I bonded instantly and she is simply a joy to play.

Not long after the band began discussions on booking gigs. I've always thought my little 40W Fender Mustang II would not cut it in a gigging environment. Not because of wattage, but that model is limited to a one button footswitch and no line-out..... and frankly my dear.... I was beginning to gas for a new amp.

I set my eyes and ears on the Boss Katana 100-212 (100W and 2 12" speakers). And that is most certainly another beast! Holy cow the sounds coming out of that piece of hardware!
I haven't even started on the build-in effects yet (55 Boss pedals). I am only playing it raw on clean channel with a little reverb and varying amounts of gain to suit the particular song. And it makes me smile so much my face hurts.
Another win is that it even has a seperate acoustic pre-amp which is great for about half our songs I play acoustic.

Title: Re: Joerfes Roadcase
Post by: Joerfe on December 18, 2016, 09:08:39 pm
And here are the two new girls
(http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20161218/645ec4c8787c62a8b3b70300cf981540.jpg)
Title: Re: Joerfes Roadcase
Post by: Joerfe on June 27, 2017, 12:07:34 pm
Gotta love an open back combo amp!
Cables, foot controllers, microphone and what else fits nicely into the back and making it a lot easier when I am packing for band rehearsals.

(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170627/32b70ca2c8d5ed77c1eea8f9d3afc31f.jpg)
Title: Re: Joerfes Roadcase
Post by: Lord_Gigabyte on June 28, 2017, 07:48:39 pm
Mwaaaaaahhhh.... I'm literally drooling over here.... ;D ;D ;)

To read your story with it's ups and downs, really amazing.... It must be something, getting together and playing. To hear all those different instruments and voices align and make music...That must be magic i guess.

Wish i had somebody to jam with. Not that i'm anywhere near good, i'm still at the B.C, but it would be nice...
Title: Re: Joerfes Roadcase
Post by: Joerfe on June 28, 2017, 08:27:58 pm
Mwaaaaaahhhh.... I'm literally drooling over here.... ;D ;D ;)

To read your story with it's ups and downs, really amazing.... It must be something, getting together and playing. To hear all those different instruments and voices align and make music...That must be magic i guess.

Wish i had somebody to jam with. Not that i'm anywhere near good, i'm still at the B.C, but it would be nice...

It is never too early to start playing with others. It is all about aligning expectations meaning that a new(er) student can play basic strumming patterns alongside a more experienced player.
Title: Re: Joerfes Roadcase
Post by: Lord_Gigabyte on June 29, 2017, 08:46:41 am
It is never too early to start playing with others. It is all about aligning expectations meaning that a new(er) student can play basic strumming patterns alongside a more experienced player.

Yes, you are right. Thank you for that advice. It's time for me to get out of my cave and learn a new thing or two, from playing with somebody else. Also, i think the direct feedback will be very usefull. I didn't think i was up too it, but darnit, there has to be a first time...
Title: Re: Joerfes Roadcase
Post by: Joerfe on June 29, 2017, 08:53:40 am
Yes, you are right. Thank you for that advice. It's time for me to get out of my cave and learn a new thing or two, from playing with somebody else. Also, i think the direct feedback will be very usefull. I didn't think i was up too it, but darnit, there has to be a first time...

It can be a huge step. But most musicians like to play with others, and if you find someone more experienced than yourself (recommended), they can use your sessions together to hone some skills they need working on. I think it is a great opportunity for both.
I am trying to get a neighbour to jam with me, but he is quite new on the instrument and lacks the confidence to play with others. I really hope he gets past that.
Title: Re: Joerfes Roadcase
Post by: Joerfe on August 31, 2017, 04:15:19 pm
Got myself a Stratocaster and I wanted to add it to my roadcase.
At the same time I sold my Yamaha ERG121 which I have not used for a long time.
The Strat will live at my office for me to play in between clients.
For that primary purpose I avoided to buying an expensive guitar and I wanted to get a secon hand to get a better quality for less money.

She's a Fender Standard Stratocaster RW build in Mexico. I'm not going to speak with it, so I don't care where it's built.

I played it tuesday at band practice, just for fun. But I felt immediately that it falls short compared to the Tele. It just hasn't got what I need playing Country/Rock.
But for motown/pop and such I think it'll work very well. I can always upgrade the pickups if needed.

Here she is (definately a she) with the guys (definately guys).
(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170831/622864e3d3646420a5adffd48af8f30f.jpg)
Title: Re: Joerfes Roadcase
Post by: Joerfe on May 19, 2018, 06:31:47 pm
Todays office:
Corner of a parking lot to a shopping mall.
Not a lot of listeners, but plenty of folks passing by going shopping. But it wa fun anyway.(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180519/fe56fec8555700854345c5c62f6050c2.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180519/5e53d775a80c4af039b3ca4a4d4a11c9.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180519/2b4678eacb3b453739f8d5388417ea4e.jpg)
Title: Re: Joerfes Roadcase
Post by: DavidP on May 19, 2018, 08:01:41 pm
Looks pretty good and I guess having fun and working your gig craft is what matters most.
Title: Re: Joerfes Roadcase
Post by: Joerfe on May 19, 2018, 10:27:05 pm
Looks pretty good and I guess having fun and working your gig craft is what matters most.

It’s all about the fun. After the gig I had a burger with the other guitarist, and we talked about how this is our way of venting from everyday life. If we’re not having fun, why do it?

Having fun playing music others can enjoy. What’s not to like?
Title: Re: Joerfes Roadcase
Post by: DavidP on May 20, 2018, 09:04:49 am
It’s all about the fun. After the gig I had a burger with the other guitarist, and we talked about how this is our way of venting from everyday life. If we’re not having fun, why do it?

Having fun playing music others can enjoy. What’s not to like?
I'm with you Jesper.  People have often recommended meditative practices of various forms to me, as being good for personal well-being.  Guitar and singing has become my meditative practice ... venting, refreshing, energising, finding personal satisfaction through learning.  What can I say ... music is food for life for me.
Title: Re: Joerfes Roadcase
Post by: de_conne on June 04, 2018, 03:58:14 pm
Nice one Joerfe!

Did a couple of gigs myself. Now a 4 week gig streak :-)

I'm having fun...

Regards,
de_conne
Title: Re: Joerfes Roadcase
Post by: Joerfe on July 07, 2018, 08:03:35 pm
Nice one Joerfe!

Did a couple of gigs myself. Now a 4 week gig streak :-)

I'm having fun...

Regards,
de_conne

Good to hear, de_conne. Playing life is a different beast indeed, and I love it.
Title: Re: Joerfes Roadcase
Post by: Joerfe on July 07, 2018, 08:21:50 pm
Hardware changes.
For a while I have been a little bothered by my setup, having too many individual parts to setup during band rehearsals and gigs. Also, because we do not have our own practice room (we are using a room at the local music school) I have to carry my amp as well as two guitars and a dual guitar stand, and I really wanted to downsize the load.

My plan is to use the music school amps for rehearsals and only lug the Katana to gigs. So I decided to get a Roland GT-100 which is basically a Katana without the speakers. This multieffect board also inkludes a tuner and a volume pedal....nice! Plug into any amp and I have a full setup.

So this is what my gigging setup looks like these days (sans the guitars).
(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180707/5d4380775e1f50ff89cd516b77f528f3.jpg)

I have both an acoustic and an electric guitar plugged into the switch box. That box goes to the GT-100 which goes to the Katana.
I place the Katana in front of me tilted towards me like a wedge monitor and the line-out jack goes to the mixer.
That way the sound guy has total control of the house mix and I have awesome stage sound right in my face. The master volume only affects my monitor sound, not the line out.
Happy sound guy, happy me!

Next will probably be a wireless transmitter/receiver for one of the guitars.
Title: Re: Joerfes Roadcase
Post by: Joerfe on July 28, 2018, 08:55:32 pm
While on vacation I had my Tele looked over and adjusted by a pro. Just picked it up today and played a 3 hour band rehearsal with it. Man, what a joy! And a revalation how much better a setup can be done when done by a pro!
Title: Joerfes Roadcase
Post by: Joerfe on August 03, 2018, 11:39:24 pm
(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180803/df92280d51873ed58694929a3bcd5bc7.jpg)

Todays gig at Western Camp which is a campsite with a Wild West theme inkluding saloons, sheriffs office and much more. Fun place to be.
Our Country/Western/blues/rock band did fit right in and se had a great 3hour(!) gig.
I hope to upload video but I haven’t seen any yet.

Oh... and the semi hollow to the right is not mine, unfortunately.
Title: Re: Joerfes Roadcase
Post by: Joerfe on August 03, 2018, 11:50:27 pm
Setting up
(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180803/8de4f790ad8a4ac680bb01e97deedd1a.jpg)
Title: Re: Joerfes Roadcase
Post by: tobyjenner on August 04, 2018, 06:44:29 am
Great news Jesper, sounds like the bands doing very well indeed. You must've compiled a good set list to play for 3 hours, well done.

Cheers

Toby
 8)
Title: Re: Joerfes Roadcase
Post by: batwoman on August 04, 2018, 07:13:08 am
Oh... and the semi hollow to the right is not mine, unfortunately.

So glad you are going from strength to strength with you music and your band Jesper. Do I hear some symptoms of GAS in your comment mmmmm?
Title: Re: Joerfes Roadcase
Post by: Joerfe on August 04, 2018, 08:21:09 am
Great news Jesper, sounds like the bands doing very well indeed. You must've compiled a good set list to play for 3 hours, well done.

Cheers

Toby
 8)

We do have quite a few songs now. A 3 hour gig is usually 3x 45 minutes and we play 11 songs in each set.
Title: Re: Joerfes Roadcase
Post by: Joerfe on August 04, 2018, 08:26:17 am
So glad you are going from strength to strength with you music and your band Jesper. Do I hear some symptoms of GAS in your comment mmmmm?

Playing with the band is great on so many levels. It is fun playing with others and it keeps me motivated and constantly pushing me forward in both technique and performance. And playing for people that enjoy our music is just plain awesome.

I must admit that a semi-hollow is quite beautiful and a few years ago I would have loved to have one. But I’m so happy for my Tele that I am sure such a purchase would sit in the corner not being played.
Title: Re: Joerfes Roadcase
Post by: DarrellW on August 04, 2018, 10:59:22 am
I must admit that a semi-hollow is quite beautiful and a few years ago I would have loved to have one. But I’m so happy for my Tele that I am sure such a purchase would sit in the corner not being played.
I can empathise with you there, a Telecaster is so versatile that it’s difficult to justify buying anything else; the only thing I wish it had is the ‘comfort curves’ the same as a Strat - I can’t bring myself to butcher mine to make it like that though 😂
Title: Re: Joerfes Roadcase
Post by: Joerfe on August 04, 2018, 11:07:09 am
I can empathise with you there, a Telecaster is so versatile that it’s difficult to justify buying anything else; the only thing I wish it had is the ‘comfort curves’ the same as a Strat - I can’t bring myself to butcher mine to make it like that though

The Tele does it all, and with an attitude to match!
I have both a Tele and a Strat, but I do not find the Tele less comfortable to play. Could be because I always stand up when playing it.
Title: Re: Joerfes Roadcase
Post by: Joerfe on August 04, 2018, 07:02:20 pm
Piccies from the gig
(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180804/b4215917443b55e07bcf115b8217b35e.jpg)
(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180804/0ccf479d173356ef092e733155a19924.jpg)
(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180804/152d0b2877a1ac02ac87b6b69605dd5c.jpg)
Title: Re: Joerfes Roadcase
Post by: Fox Cunning on August 04, 2018, 08:56:23 pm
Smoke machine! You're getting serious 8)

Jokes apart, looks like a lovely venue and a fine gig.
Title: Re: Joerfes Roadcase
Post by: DavidP on August 04, 2018, 09:47:46 pm
Looks great, Jesper.  Keenly awaiting videos...
Title: Re: Joerfes Roadcase
Post by: Joerfe on August 04, 2018, 10:08:35 pm
Smoke machine! You're getting serious 8)

Keyboard guy bought them second hand on ebay. We had a lot of fun whenever they went on!
Title: Re: Joerfes Roadcase
Post by: Joerfe on August 04, 2018, 10:08:51 pm
Looks great, Jesper.  Keenly awaiting videos...

Yeah, me too!
Title: Re: Joerfes Roadcase
Post by: CT on August 04, 2018, 10:12:20 pm
@Joerfe, very inspiring. Thanks for sharing!
Title: Re: Joerfes Roadcase
Post by: oldhead49 on August 06, 2018, 04:15:44 am
That is just too cool.


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Title: Re: Joerfes Roadcase
Post by: Lord_Gigabyte on August 06, 2018, 11:41:25 am
Absolutely awesome. Excellent job!
Title: Re: Joerfes Roadcase
Post by: Joerfe on August 06, 2018, 12:10:38 pm
Thank you for your encouraging words. When the videos have been gathered I'll post a video medley either in this thread or in the AVOYP section.
Title: Re: Joerfes Roadcase
Post by: Joerfe on August 25, 2018, 09:40:14 pm
Another gig just today. We were booked for a 50 years anniversay at a housing association with about 250 guests during the gig.
We played inside a large tent with room for 400. We like to think that the rain kept the remaining 150 from attending.... haha.

We had a hobby photographer take pictures during gig, but his photos I do not have until next week. Sound is also too soon.

A few pictures of our setup.

The venue
(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180825/a1efa98a67302118e5524c2b290c90f2.jpg)

Our setup
(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180825/5e6ef923259a5c3246ca9a52118087bc.jpg)

(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180825/255f40751977202051414c762cc06c18.jpg)

From my POV
(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180825/c372d5e75a6945a59f1608231161c654.jpg)
Title: Re: Joerfes Roadcase
Post by: DavidP on August 25, 2018, 10:26:24 pm
Great to see how many gigs you are getting to play.  Sure you are having a whale of a time and learning lots.
Title: Re: Joerfes Roadcase
Post by: Joerfe on August 25, 2018, 10:40:35 pm
Great to see how many gigs you are getting to play.  Sure you are having a whale of a time and learning lots.

Certainly some of the most fun I’ve ever had! - there is a lot learned from gigging regularly, one thing is the performing-while-playing part. But it also roots your techniques which I believe I can feel for every gig we do.

We have another (small) one coming up in two weeks from now. After that we may have a quiet couple of months where we need to work on new songs and most likely get rid of some of those that doesn’t work so well.
Title: Re: Joerfes Roadcase
Post by: batwoman on August 26, 2018, 02:24:02 am
Certainly some of the most fun I’ve ever had! - there is a lot learned from gigging regularly, one thing is the performing-while-playing part. But it also roots your techniques which I believe I can feel for every gig we do.

Interesting to read these comments Jesper. So glad you're enjoying your music and sharing the love.  Hope we get to see a video  :)
Title: Re: Joerfes Roadcase
Post by: CT on August 26, 2018, 02:32:27 am
Very cool! Look at all that sweet gear.
Title: Re: Joerfes Roadcase
Post by: oldhead49 on August 26, 2018, 04:06:25 am
🤢 green with envy. 


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Title: Re: Joerfes Roadcase
Post by: Joerfe on August 26, 2018, 08:13:26 am
Very cool! Look at all that sweet gear.

It takes us about an hour and a half to set everything up, and the same to tear down and load the cars.... the “ugly” part of gigging. But it’s worth it.
Title: Re: Joerfes Roadcase
Post by: Joerfe on August 26, 2018, 08:14:11 am
🤢 green with envy. 

Just get out there and hit the stages, man.
Title: Re: Joerfes Roadcase
Post by: Lord_Gigabyte on August 26, 2018, 01:45:28 pm
Lol.

A bit easier said than done, but you're right. In the end, it's about going out there and doing it....

As usual, great job sir!!
Title: Re: Joerfes Roadcase
Post by: Joerfe on August 26, 2018, 02:56:01 pm
Lol.

A bit easier said than done, but you're right. In the end, it's about going out there and doing it....

As usual, great job sir!!


I was little more than 3 years into playing when I joined a band.
Be honest to yourself and the rest of the band in what you can and what you cannot. Hang in the background making sure you play the right chords at the right time and let a more experienced guitarist do the fancy stuff.
When you have done this for a while your playing will be more tight and you begin venturing out from that backseat.
Title: Re: Joerfes Roadcase
Post by: LievenDV on November 05, 2018, 10:51:11 am
Cool "roadcase" thread this is becoming!

Certainly some of the most fun I’ve ever had! - there is a lot learned from gigging regularly, one thing is the performing-while-playing part.

Well there's 2 important notes in 1 sentence I'd like to repeat for the rest of us:
- Yes! I tell everybody how much fun it is to gig! when I started playing, My ambition didn't go further than my bedroom but as soon as you've been on stage once, you'll be surprised looking back.

- Yes! You are there for the entertainment of people. Playing the music is the biggest part but not the only part of that! Being fun to watch gives you a lot of credit for an occasional mistake ;)
(yes, that comes from experience ;))
Title: Re: Joerfes Roadcase
Post by: Joerfe on November 05, 2018, 11:35:02 am
Cool "roadcase" thread this is becoming!

Well there's 2 important notes in 1 sentence I'd like to repeat for the rest of us:
- Yes! I tell everybody how much fun it is to gig! when I started playing, My ambition didn't go further than my bedroom but as soon as you've been on stage once, you'll be surprised looking back.

- Yes! You are there for the entertainment of people. Playing the music is the biggest part but not the only part of that! Being fun to watch gives you a lot of credit for an occasional mistake ;)
(yes, that comes from experience ;))

Agreed, Lieven.
After the number of gigs I've been part of, there is no way I could go back to being a "rehearsal" band which only meets to play together. Gigging is highly addictive to me and I love the pressure of being "on" and the feedback from the audience.
Title: Re: Joerfes Roadcase
Post by: Joerfe on November 05, 2018, 11:45:47 am
Another gig well done. This time very local to us as we performed in the very same community hall where we also have our rehearsals.

I introduced in-ear monitoring together with our bass player and drummer, and with a little tweaking it is going to be great.
- better monitor sound directly into my ears.
- I can control my own monitor mix via my phone (how cool is that!). Any changes I make in the app is sent to the mixer via wireless.
- our monitor setup is saved for next gig which means less time spend for setup and sound check.

Here a few piccies from setting up.
(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20181105/a2a32b7f457dc6bccfd3fb0af42fbc81.jpg)
(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20181105/3970a8fcd729a28b34311ca48eec9715.jpg)
(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20181105/b414c5c62b156af732cabff50beaa4e3.jpg)
Title: Re: Joerfes Roadcase
Post by: DavidP on November 05, 2018, 02:47:49 pm
Good for you Jesper ... as always hoping for some video :)
Title: Re: Joerfes Roadcase
Post by: Joerfe on November 05, 2018, 06:54:55 pm
Good for you Jesper ... as always hoping for some video :)

Thx David. Hopefully a couple of videos will show up.
Title: Re: Joerfes Roadcase
Post by: close2u on November 05, 2018, 07:04:41 pm
Coolio  8)
Title: Re: Joerfes Roadcase
Post by: Barend on November 09, 2018, 04:31:54 pm
Enjoyed reading this from start to date. Tx for sharing Jesper.

I am towards the end of the BC but after working hard at the F barre, I decided to tackle all the barre chords. It also helped that I wanted to play a song with C#minor. I am progressing very well overall so I am close to the point where I want to step up to the challenge of joining a band.

Your experience of hanging in the back as a start has given me more motivation to step out. I have now set myself the target to go band hunting by latest mid june 2019.

I can see myself pitching for an understudy role.  Maybe I should buy some cool gigging gear to help my chances.. lol  Thats how Ozzy made it into Black Sabbath.


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Title: Re: Joerfes Roadcase
Post by: Joerfe on November 09, 2018, 05:51:40 pm
Your experience of hanging in the back as a start has given me more motivation to step out. I have now set myself the target to go band hunting by latest mid june 2019

And thanks for reading. If my road case inspires you to take that leap, I am happy to have helped!
Playing with others has given me a lot, both on a personal and social level, but it has also driven me to learn techniques and songs I maybe never would have considered.

Go for it, but make sure your gear is ready for it, and, when you find people to play with, be open regarding your level and abilities.
Being relatively new on your instrument does not have to hold you back as long as you are devoted to practice in between your sessions with the band.

Let me know how it moves along.
Title: Re: Joerfes Roadcase
Post by: Barend on November 11, 2018, 02:14:17 pm

Will do...
Title: Re: Joerfes Roadcase
Post by: Joerfe on November 20, 2018, 06:45:17 pm
I left the band!

We've had some issues along the way over the last 6-12 months. Too long a story to write here, but basically it boils down to a few members trying to manipulate the rest into conforming to their way of doing things. No way to sit down and talk it out because they are too afraid of confrontations and "delicate minds", let's call it that.

Buttom line is that myself and the other guitarist finally had enough and left the band. I expect the drummer to follow.

We are now planning, us two guitarists, to join with a third guitarist to form an acoustic trio, three acoustic guitars and taking turns singing. Repertoire will be based on Americana with a slight focus on blues/rock/country from the southern states.
Pretty excited!
Title: Re: Joerfes Roadcase
Post by: DavidP on November 20, 2018, 08:42:00 pm
I left the band!


Wish you well with the new project, Jesper.
Title: Re: Joerfes Roadcase
Post by: Joerfe on November 20, 2018, 09:02:28 pm
Wish you well with the new project, Jesper.

Thx David. Doors closes and other doors opens. It's all good.
Title: Re: Joerfes Roadcase
Post by: tobyjenner on November 20, 2018, 11:48:25 pm
Jesper

Man I've mixed feelings on this. Sorry the the original band disintegrated but over the years that sounds a typical story, for what ever reason you imploded. Happy, that you and the other guitarist see a future as a threesome. Three guitars work for 'Maiden, so no reason you can't continue to make this work for Country, assuming your staying in that genre for now. Heck what ever direction you go, if you are all motivated it will work.

Bonne chance as they say in these parts.

Cheers

Toby
 8)
Title: Re: Joerfes Roadcase
Post by: Balamuthiah on November 21, 2018, 05:09:16 am
Same here. I have mixed feelings. Yes, there are times when you just have to call it quits. But as someone who terribly needs a band right now, I feel sad that things like these happen. However, it's all good! I wish you luck for your future stuff! Have fun no matter what! That's all that matters!
Title: Re: Joerfes Roadcase
Post by: Joerfe on November 21, 2018, 10:09:03 am
@ tobyjenner
This happens a lot everywhere. And bands without replacements are definately rare. The two years we did exist with the original line-up I think was the odd chance of 6 people meeting via the internet and hitting it off straight away. But time do have a tendency to reveal little cracks which in this case quickly turned in to large cracks.

Faith had it that the drummer also split and called the other guitarist and asked to join our new project. We are meeting Tuesday to talk it over and see where we land.

Anyway we will focus on blues with diversions into rock and a little touch of country but the harder, more rock inspired kind.
With the possible addition of the drummer we may change from an acoustic setup to full blown electric meaning I will dust off the Les Paul (yay!) and hang up the Acoustic and the Tele.
Time to RAWK!

\m/
Title: Re: Joerfes Roadcase
Post by: Joerfe on November 21, 2018, 10:12:03 am
Same here. I have mixed feelings. Yes, there are times when you just have to call it quits. But as someone who terribly needs a band right now, I feel sad that things like these happen. However, it's all good! I wish you luck for your future stuff! Have fun no matter what! That's all that matters!

Fun is the key, and why we decided to leave. The others had no intentions of listening to us when we tried to have a talk on how to bring back the fun.

I invest a lot in being in a band. Money is one thing, but more important I source energy from our weekly practice sessions. If that energy is not positive, it doesn't work for me.
Title: Re: Joerfes Roadcase
Post by: close2u on November 21, 2018, 10:48:23 am
I know exactly where you're coming from Joerfe.
It's sad and a shame for all that.

Playing acoustic Americana with three guitars and lots of singers sounds like a great new direction.

Guitar: make sure you all work on inversions / use of capo for different voicings / triads / 6ths and 3rds … all so that you are not all three just strumming open chords and muddying the sound.

Vocals: work on harmony / texture / considered backup vocalisation.

Good luck. :)
Title: Re: Joerfes Roadcase
Post by: Joerfe on November 21, 2018, 01:57:11 pm
I know exactly where you're coming from Joerfe.
It's sad and a shame for all that.

Playing acoustic Americana with three guitars and lots of singers sounds like a great new direction.

Guitar: make sure you all work on inversions / use of capo for different voicings / triads / 6ths and 3rds … all so that you are not all three just strumming open chords and muddying the sound.

Vocals: work on harmony / texture / considered backup vocalisation.

Good luck. :)

Valid points, thank you. The other two guitarists are quite seasoned having played for 35 and 15 years respectively, so I'll hang on and learn all the tricks in the process.
Title: Re: Joerfes Roadcase
Post by: batwoman on November 21, 2018, 11:12:45 pm
Wishing you inspiring collaboration, mutual respect  in each other, even more joy and growth in making music and an easy flow of energy Jesper.
Title: Re: Joerfes Roadcase
Post by: Joerfe on November 22, 2018, 06:10:59 am
Wishing you inspiring collaboration, mutual respect  in each other, even more joy and growth in making music and an easy flow of energy Jesper.

 Thanks a bunch. This time the band members are handpicked, so to speak. All odds are with us.
Title: Re: Joerfes Roadcase
Post by: DarrellW on November 22, 2018, 09:15:13 am
It’s a bitter/sweet situation that you’ve found yourself in and you’ve taken the best way out!
In a situation where there is discord the only way is out; you’ve landed on your feet being able to find a great sounding new outlet for your music and it really does sound exciting, good luck with it and I really hope it turns out the way you hope it will 👍👍👍
Title: Re: Joerfes Roadcase
Post by: Joerfe on November 22, 2018, 10:41:09 am
It’s a bitter/sweet situation that you’ve found yourself in and you’ve taken the best way out!
In a situation where there is discord the only way is out; you’ve landed on your feet being able to find a great sounding new outlet for your music and it really does sound exciting, good luck with it and I really hope it turns out the way you hope it will
Thank you, Darrell. It's about having fun in my spare time. Drama I can have at work (usually there is none) but they are at least paying me. My hobby needs to be enjoyable.
Title: Re: Joerfes Roadcase
Post by: stitch101 on November 22, 2018, 05:52:41 pm
Joerfe You'll have more fun with the other two guys and learn much faster.

All the reasons stated in this thread are why I quit playing in bands.
To many drama queens and not enough musicians.  Now I mostly just jam with friend
and hit acoustic jams. Much more fun and relaxing.
Title: Re: Joerfes Roadcase
Post by: Joerfe on November 22, 2018, 07:54:10 pm
Joerfe You'll have more fun with the other two guys and learn much faster.

All the reasons stated in this thread are why I quit playing in bands.
To many drama queens and not enough musicians.  Now I mostly just jam with friend
and hit acoustic jams. Much more fun and relaxing.

Oh yes. I'm sure it'll be more fun! This little group is together because we have known each other for a couple of years now and we all agree how it's NOT supposed to be.
Drama Queen! That is the name of our (former) singer and keys guy.... don't get me started....
Title: Re: Joerfes Roadcase
Post by: CT on November 23, 2018, 11:19:49 pm
I don't have much to offer here, I'm not in a band and don't really have any plans to join up in that way. The concept seems a bit claustrophobic and restrictive. Somebody has to be the leader or have the final say when there's a draw. It's fun playing with different groups of people and that suits me best.

That said, best of luck going forward and do keep us posted. :) 
Title: Re: Joerfes Roadcase
Post by: Joerfe on November 24, 2018, 11:12:47 am
I don't have much to offer here, I'm not in a band and don't really have any plans to join up in that way. The concept seems a bit claustrophobic and restrictive. Somebody has to be the leader or have the final say when there's a draw. It's fun playing with different groups of people and that suits me best.

That said, best of luck going forward and do keep us posted. :)

Not at all claustrphobic to me, it depends on your selection of band mates.
I do not agree on the band Leader thing. I want a band to be a unit where we agree on things and either compromise or let things go.
Band leaders tend to be little dictators and that does not roll well with me.
Title: Re: Joerfes Roadcase
Post by: CT on November 24, 2018, 03:38:54 pm
Got it! Yes, it's all a matter of talent, perspective and implementation. The great bands and acts tend to have a leader. One person's leader and visionary is another man's dictator, likewise one person's "cohesive unit" is another man's stifling "group think" exercise. Either way it's like any other relationship, it has to be something that works and is worthwhile. At the end of the day it's just music. 8)
Title: Re: Joerfes Roadcase
Post by: Joerfe on November 24, 2018, 07:15:49 pm

I agree.
We are just a hobby band and we meet once a week and enjoy playing music together. We have the occasional gig, but we are never going to make a living playing music.... way too old to live that dream. Which is also why a band leader is redundant because we (this new constellation) can sit down and talk things through. After all, we are all either closing on 50 or just turned 50.
Title: Re: Joerfes Roadcase
Post by: Joerfe on December 01, 2018, 08:04:51 pm
NGD.... woohoo!
Looking at the beginning of my new project: a blues/southern rock band, I was looking forward to playing my "long forgotten" Les Paul.
But I had been playing my Tele for so long that I quickly realized that the thin neck on the LP did not suit me at all. So stumbling over a sales ad of a second hand Tokai Reborn Old 2010 with a fatter neck came at just the right time.
I received it today, and after only 2 minutes of playing it I decided that my Gibson had to go!

The Tokai plays soooo sweet. The neck fits me perfectly and the pickups makes my Katana sing like I haven't heard it sing before!
I'm definately in love with this thing:
(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20181201/f74f99f4856d992ccf4373f716cd4569.jpg)

Color is lemon drop but the picture doesn't convey its beauty. Hoping to get better pictures tomorrow in daylight.
Title: Re: Joerfes Roadcase
Post by: DavidP on December 01, 2018, 08:07:12 pm
Looks gorgeous,  wish you well, Jesper. Like the sound of the new project.
Title: Re: Joerfes Roadcase
Post by: Barend on December 08, 2018, 04:34:37 pm
Sweet ride, Jesper.
Looks great!

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Title: Re: Joerfes Roadcase
Post by: Joerfe on December 08, 2018, 05:11:54 pm
Sweet ride, Jesper.
Looks great!

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Looks gorgeous,  wish you well, Jesper. Like the sound of the new project.

Thank you David and Barend. It's a great guitar and definately a step up.
Title: Re: Joerfes Roadcase
Post by: CT on December 08, 2018, 07:05:32 pm
That's a Beaut! Let's hear what it sounds like.
Title: Re: Joerfes Roadcase
Post by: Joerfe on December 08, 2018, 08:25:54 pm
That's a Beaut! Let's hear what it sounds like.

Recording will come in due time.
Title: Re: Joerfes Roadcase
Post by: batwoman on December 08, 2018, 11:15:40 pm
What a beauty Jesper. Such a fitting companion for your next musical chapter. Very happy for you  :)
Title: Re: Joerfes Roadcase
Post by: DarrellW on December 09, 2018, 10:46:40 am
Nice piece of kit and I’m not really surprised that you are going to drop the Gibson; Tokai  LP’s are superb - I never got down to getting one but if Robert Fripp and Billy Gibbons saw it fit to get Tokai it says a lot in their favour!
Enjoy it, it’s a beauty 👍👍👍
Title: Re: Joerfes Roadcase
Post by: Joerfe on December 09, 2018, 01:07:17 pm
What a beauty Jesper. Such a fitting companion for your next musical chapter. Very happy for you  :)

It's a beauty alright. Catches my eyes evertime I am in the room. And you are right, it is a perfect match for the next project. Rock on \m/
Title: Re: Joerfes Roadcase
Post by: Joerfe on December 09, 2018, 01:10:40 pm
Nice piece of kit and I’m not really surprised that you are going to drop the Gibson; Tokai  LP’s are superb - I never got down to getting one but if Robert Fripp and Billy Gibbons saw it fit to get Tokai it says a lot in their favour!
Enjoy it, it’s a beauty

Always heard good things about Tokais. And Gibbons is one I am studying atm, I have always been a fan and now I feel I have the skills to make a decent try.