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Location: Jet City
|Well the OFC was represented. Woody's Custom 12 was featured, Mike's Thunderbolt Snake, and though Beal's "Book" Elite was there, it stayed in the case. I thought better to do that as the venue was a bit small. Most of all, the sound was thanks to Mr. Ovation himself. Thanks Miles. |
I almost wish nobody did record stuff from the show. It's hard to watch yourself for sure. I've pasted some clips on the OFCning site.
After watching myself over and over now, I've come to some conclusions. Some are good, some are bad, but all are a great lesson that will help on the next one....
1. Don't get caught up in people paying attention to you. I found my mind wandering when I noticed folks were socializing and not really paying attention. I need to stay focused and just "get into" what I'm doing and not what they're doing. Lack of focus was the major factor in most the errors.
2. Don't learn a song the day before and try it on your first gig... EVER! especially without cheat sheets. For this reason, I will not be posting the new song I was excited about playing. From not setting the looper, to forgetting lyrics, it wasn't as bad as it could have ended up, but still.
3. After finally hearing myself live, I've decided I can stop stressing on if I can sing or not. It's not a perfect vocal, but it's better than lots I hear up in local clubs
4. Not having a stage or any sort of buffer between yourself and the bar folks sucks. They just come right up and talk to you mid-song.
5. Even if you think something's gone horribly wrong with the sound, keep going. I swore that I lost signal on Dancing Nancies, and stopped for a split second to check for sound. Looking at the video after, it sounds like the sound was always there, it was just in my head
So, here's some of the video. There was zero stage or lighting, so I had to pull some CSI tricks to lighten it up some. The video quality lacks, but the sound came out fine. Miles' stuff sounded great.
Too bad I had the afore mentioned hesitation. This came out well with the Boss RC20XL looper: Dancing Nancies
I did Typical Situation , I Am A Child , and Grace Is Gone on the Custom Elite 12 string. The sound on that thing is AWESOME!
The "Snake was whipped out at the end of the night when things were really over. There were only a few folks left. I was actually just letting a friend come up and play one song before I broke it all down, but while I was waiting, I goofed off some with some short cuts including a Randy Rhoads piece Dee and then started noodlin' around some with some Rock/Blues licks
The 1537 was in a double dropped D tuning. A couple of the songs done were Ohio and one I don't think I've videoed before, my own version of Down By The River
The main guitar in standard tuning for the eve was the 1778LX Elite. A couple of favorites played with it were Elderly Woman Behind The Counter In A Small Town and one of my personal favorites to play, Needle and the Damage Done (short version)
Again, thank you all for your encouragement and help along the way. You were all with me up there. Can't wait till the next one.
Location: 6 String Ranch
|nice job |
keep at it
Location: GA USA
|Yeah, don't worry about your singing. It sounds great.|
Location: Tuscany, Italy
|Well done Damon .... Congrats. Keep going :p|
|Really nice job Damon, keep havin fun with it !|
Location: big island
|ya' sound real good, damon. vocals are great. throw some uptempo happy songs in the mix too.|
|thanks Damon, really nice. Neil Young and DMB are two of my favorites. I showed your stuff to my son, he is working on some Dave Mathews' stuff right now. I liked the instrumentals especially... |
|Very cool. I'd love to sit in with you sometime. When are you going to be touring NorCal? :cool:|
Location: Blue Ridge Mountains
|Don't worry about the crowd: just concentrate on what you do and they'll come around...and I'd put some more volume on the vocals...but keep at it...you're doing great!|
|Good job Damon. |
FWIW, you sing much better than Neil. :)
Location: Jet City
|Man Jonmark, I hope so! :D |
Bobbo, I'll be up in Amador Co for Christmas week. Where you gonna be?
Location: Jet City
|Randy, TOTALLY I agree, and have made that observation too. I've been making an effort to learn new less heavy stuff. |
I think out of the current set, there's only 3 songs that could fall under happy and upbeat. Of course I didn't post video of any of those 3. 2 of them were before the camera was rolling, and the other one...
Well that was the new song I butchered.
Thanks for reminding me. I need to go through my "to learn list" and work on those first.
Location: Nashville TN.
|very good.... |
When is next time?
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