Wanna see me and others play weird/strange/cool/lovely bass music LIVE?
I have a gig coming up.
Me - Jeff "How come I never get to see him play live" Schmidt. :)
Its a house concert in the San Jose area on Jan 23rd around 7:30pm - the Nerd-Farm Solo Bass Hootenanny! where I'll be joining Steve Lawson & Lobelia and Gustaf Fjelstrom. It's a casual but cool affair.
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I haven't played a proper show in a few months. This means I've forgotten how to play many of my tunes.
It may come as a shock - but I actually don't sit around playing my own music much.
So if I'm not gigging - I'm not playing the tunes. If I'm not playing the tunes for a few months - I forget how to play them.
They are, if I do say so - pretty frakking hard for me to play. I can't just "wing it". Wish I could.
In 07 I was playing gigs with such regularity that keeping my material in shape was easy.
But last year was reeeeeeeeealy mellow on solo bass gigs for me. Mostly by choice - but still.
So now, when someone asks me if I'm into doing a solo gig - all I can think about is the time and effort needed to bone up on my own music. Add a certain amount of laziness on my part and you start getting the idea.
That's Sporadic Gig Syndrome.
You should've seen me - hitting Youtube - watching my own stupid videos trying to figure out how I played some of that stuff. I'm such a tard.
POSSIBLE SOLUTIONS: vote for your fav in the comments!
A.) lower my standards - don't practice & wing it!
B.) gig more. duh.
C.) write simpler music I can play without much prep.
Anyway - it seems I'm fated to create music I'll need to incessantly practice. My cross to bare. Weep for me.
My feeling right now is that I'm probably not going to play much Outre material for this engagement. We'll see.
The idea of playing some of my newest musical sketches is far more exciting than spending hours re-learing/practicing older material.
I think I can safely say I have no "hits" that I'll need to play to "please the crowd" - so this shouldn't be a problem. :) If you plan on attending - and this is a problem - speak now cuz I'll have to work on it if you want to hear something. Otherwise I'm going rouge bitches! :)
Does anyone else have Sporadic Gig Syndrome?
Does anyone else write music they forget how to play?
Does anyone want to help me get - ya know - Frequent Gig Syndrome?
Drop a comment.
House Concerts are all the rage now cuz it's easier to put on than at a "proper" venue that often needs 200 people drinking expensive drinks in the house to make it worth their while.
If you want to put on a House Concert just drop me a note and we'll work something out.