Topic: Played bass today at church

It went well.  It's been a long while since I have played with a band. I've spent the past few weeks playing with them to knock the rust off my knuckles. On Thursday they taught me how to tie into the personal monitors. That was helpful.

Anyway, after a lifetime of on or behind stage activity, I had a first happen. I thought I had longer than I did to have some bathroom time, and I wound up having to run through the sanctuary and up onto stage.  The band members laughed and backstage after the first set, apparently they were talking to each other through the monitors saying how funny it would be if I ran onstage with a huge string of toilet paper stuck to my shoe.

Everyone laughed it off. It was one minute late, though, and that's not a good thing.  Before the second service, I literally stood backstage between the curtains so that I would NOT miss a second cue on the same day. 

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LOL, funny stories make good memories ... smile

Cheers

Richard     

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That's awesome, Zurf ... wish I'd been there! Did you do "high fives" with the congregation on the way up the aisle?

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I suppose it could have been worse? You could have been in the wrong church!!!!!

But great story, how did the gig go ? Sore digits I'm guessing?     

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Phill Williams wrote:

I suppose it could have been worse? You could have been in the wrong church!!!!!

But great story, how did the gig go ? Sore digits I'm guessing?

No sore digits. Only two sets, and I used my fretless which is strung with flat-wounds like God intended.     

Granted B chord amnesty by King of the Mutants (Long live the king).
If it comes from the heart and you add a few beers... it'll be awesome! - Mekidsmom
When in doubt ... hats. - B.G. Dude

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neophytte wrote:

LOL, funny stories make good memories ... smile

Cheers

Richard

That is absolutely what I ought to have done.     

Granted B chord amnesty by King of the Mutants (Long live the king).
If it comes from the heart and you add a few beers... it'll be awesome! - Mekidsmom
When in doubt ... hats. - B.G. Dude

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Congratulations! gotta get  your feet wet sometime the nerviousness before a performance is natural and good glad it turned out well smile     

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Update on this. I've been playing every other week or so. Pretty much whenever I'm in town on both Thursday (rehearsal) and Sunday.

My fretless was giving some terrible 60 cycle hum into the mix. It wasn't getting into the house, but it was very loud and distracting in the monitors. So I checked it out and the components were cheap and there was no shielding. So I shielded all the cavities, put in new pickups, ran new wires (coax for the longer runs), did a little better job grounding at the bridge, put in a new high mass bridge, and replaced the pots and jack. The neck, body, and tuning machines are all that's left of the original, and the tuning machines are being eyed with suspicion.

After all this, it ran silently until I wanted to make noise. But once the amp was plugged into the board, hum. Plus there was some kind of signal cancelation because the bass would go silent in the monitors. The solution was to get a DI box that runs on phantom power so there's only one electric circuit involved. Boom.

Today was the first run with the rebuilt bass and new signal chain and it worked great.     

Granted B chord amnesty by King of the Mutants (Long live the king).
If it comes from the heart and you add a few beers... it'll be awesome! - Mekidsmom
When in doubt ... hats. - B.G. Dude

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Zurf wrote:

My fretless was giving some terrible 60 cycle hum into the mix.

You might need a grounding strap:

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/41m5Pd8BjyL.jpg 

Clip goes on the bridge, strap goes on you ...

Cheers

Richard     

-[ Musician, writer, guitarist, poor singer ]-
My songs             http://neophytte.mine.nu/audio/
My Soundcloud   https://soundcloud.com/neophytte1
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neophytte wrote:
Zurf wrote:

My fretless was giving some terrible 60 cycle hum into the mix.

You might need a grounding strap:

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/41m5Pd8BjyL.jpg 

Clip goes on the bridge, strap goes on you ...

Cheers

Richard

Upgrading components and installing proper shielding was sufficient without need for a gizmo.  But that gizmo looks pretty useful for some circumstances.     

Granted B chord amnesty by King of the Mutants (Long live the king).
If it comes from the heart and you add a few beers... it'll be awesome! - Mekidsmom
When in doubt ... hats. - B.G. Dude