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    So one of my bands had its first practice since March last night. We spent most of the night setting up a low volume PA, no amps, electronic drums and in ears. We made a lot of progress and finally did get to playing some songs, but unfortunately no one but me worked on the new stuff we said we would add. With a little more tweaking it will be a good system, and we might even consider gigging that way. Our next scheduled gig is outside at a marina on July 26th. We're hopeful that might happen.

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    Tama Silverstar Limited Edition Mirage 5 pc
    Tama Superstar 5 pc
    Gretsch Catalina Ash 4 pc

    Slingerland 7 pc

    Electronic Kits:
    Yamaha DTX532k
    Roland SPD-SX Sample Pad, Roland PD-85 (x3) and KD9 pads
    Alessis Sample Pad

    Tama SLP Black Brass
    Tama SLP G Maple
    Rukus Santos/Bubinga/Poplar/Wenge

    Tama and DW

    Zildjian A Series, A Custom and K Custom

    Miktek, Audix and Shure

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    After listening to an infectious disease expert on the radio, it sounds like a Marina is about the safest place to play, due to the wind. Good luck, hope it still happens.

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    We’ve had 4 or 5 weekend practices now. In an attempt to “social distance”, we just go to different member’s front porches and play acoustic...all except for the bass player who uses a small portable practice amp. I just play my slap top Cajon. I must admit, it’s a total blast...but our type of music lends itself to front porch acoustic jamming.

    Local bars are now starting to hire bands, however dancing is not allowed.

    Good luck on your upcoming gig!

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    I'm not playing yet but some of my friends are. They're picking up some outdoor gigs. Every now and then something inside but man, that makes me nervous. I've turned down one offer already to do an indoor pick-up gig. - Just not doing it! The dude ended up having to use a trio because a couple of his other band members wouldn't do it either.
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    It seems safe but i guess it really isn't yet. This thing might be contained but will probably become a lurking disease like all the other ones.
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    Gotta love when no one shows up to practice prepared!!!

    We have our first get together in two weeks.
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    Not one member of my band has even mentioned practice yet.
    I thought of trying it with masks but have made no suggestion.
    The lead singer sets up right in front of the practice kit and we face each other in a circle.
    Not sure I like my position in the practice room............
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    The ZZTop project resumes tonight.
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    Sadly,my bands rehearsal space is quite small,and as a 4 piece we'd struggle to keep a suitable distance apart. As I've only recently come back to drumming after an 11 year layoff,and playing for less than a year again, I hope I can still cut it when we're finally allowed to play.

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    Bumping this up; I answered a CL ad for a drummer last week. Will be going to an audition on Sunday, September 6. If I get the gig, weekly practices start again every Sunday.

    Last edited by late8; 08-31-2020 at 03:31 PM.

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    Jammed with neighbor and a bass keyboard player I used to be in a band with 2 weeks ago. Was great, I have zero concerns about covid but the desire to play has not been strong so it has been working out for me. but if I got offered a decent gig I would have no reservations at all. I am fairly healthy.
    Ludwig Classic Maple 22x16,10x8,12x9,16x16

    PDP Concept Classic Bop kit 18x14, 12x8, 14x14

    Decide whether this is love for the craft or simply an ego thing NOT MY BAND, JUST A GREAT LOCAL BAND WHO SHOULD BE SOOO MUCH BIGGER IMO

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