Fretboard Jam 2017 - Logistics

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  • TheBlueWolfTheBlueWolf Frets: 1444
    @Nikko  if I haven't totally freaked you out on the way there I'll head back with you too. 


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  • NikkoNikko Frets: 1790
    Yeah no problem. Takes a lot to freak me out though. Better bring your 'A' game ;) 
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  • BridgehouseBridgehouse Frets: 14357
    On the Day Logistics..


    Backline

    Given the quick turnaround times and slot lengths (10 mins) for each song (!) we need to minimise setup and backline changes. So..

    - Drums - won't change
    - Keys - won't change
    - Bass - I will bring Helix/Head/Cab, @Slacker - you can use mine or your own if you prefer - I presume you will want to use your own bass, but I suggest we set them up and leave them. @TTony - you get a choice of either, or house rig, and of course, I will bring a bass you can use (and practise on if you want!)
    - Guitars - I suggest that Amps are ready to go in the song before you are on, at the front, and just need moving and plugging in. Ideally, plug in and set up in the nearest break and then you're ready to go. Bring your boards (if you have one) and have them ready to go in the song before you are on so all you need to do is plug them in.
    - There will be a DI cable for Acoustics set up

    General logistics for smooth flow

    - Tune up before your song - so you don't waste time tuning!
    - Make sure you are in the room, ready to go, set up with all your gear (inc guitar out the case!) in the song before yours
    - At the start of the song, we will have a quick chat about structure, starting etc. then straight in to it!
    - Make sure you get your bits together speedily after your song ready for the next one!

    Etiquette

    - In the main room, please be quiet during songs. Try to keep talking to a minimum to allow the players the best chance of a good go at it
    - No playing in the main room when songs are being performed at all please
    - In the second room it may be a bit chaotic, but that's ok - you can make noise as you like there (!)
    - Raucous applause, encouragement, joining in singing etc. is encouraged 
    - Please do stay for songs if you can - it's great for those playing to get a feel for what an "audience" is like - but only if you aren't doing something else!
    - Recording is only allowed if all players agree - if you want to record, ask before the song starts
    - Unless you're asked for a critique, try to keep comments post performance positive - we really do want beginners to go away encouraged and buzzing (I am however more than happy for everyone to tell me my bass playing is crap - It's nothing I haven't heard a thousand times ;) )

    Most of all though, this is supposed to be a fun day. Don't feel pressured into anything. Don't worry, and don't panic. 

    Me, @Alnico, and the modmins will be around to ask questions of, help, advise, and all that sort of good stuff.
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  • Re vocals: 

    Anyone who's singing is welcome to use my voicelive, and I'll probably leave it setup all day. I'm currently assuming we'll want 2 patches bit if anyone wants anything different let me know. Each patch can have two settings: An always on set of effects, and a "hit" button set of effects. 

    Eg patch one:
    On- Reverb, Natural Tune Assist
    Hit Button- Doubler + Harmonies

    If you're singing you can hit either the pedal or the button on the mic to toggle the hit effects. 

    If anyone wants anything specific set as a patch it's pretty simple for me to save it under the song name so just let me know. Otherwise I'll likely just stick with the above and another patch with Doubling always on for anyone who's not confident their voice is strong enough.

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  • aord43aord43 Frets: 285
    On the Day Logistics..

    - Guitars - I suggest that Amps are ready to go in the song before you are on, at the front, and just need moving and plugging in. 
     As a complete noob to performing, and not sure of the intention on the day, can you clarify what this means?  Is it assuming we're each bringing and using our own amp?

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  • BridgehouseBridgehouse Frets: 14357
    aord43 said:
    On the Day Logistics..

    - Guitars - I suggest that Amps are ready to go in the song before you are on, at the front, and just need moving and plugging in. 
     As a complete noob to performing, and not sure of the intention on the day, can you clarify what this means?  Is it assuming we're each bringing and using our own amp?

    I've been having a think about this.

    Because of timings and how crowded the schedule is, can I suggest that by default 3 willing volunteers set up their amps for the duration of the Jam as our "backline".

    People can then just bring guitar/lead/board up to the front to play, unless you have a specific desire to use your amp - in which case do say now so I can plan it in.

    This means we can balance the backline before starting - note if you use your own amp there is no guarantee we will be able to balance levels properly.

    3 volunteers to provide the backline?
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  • TTonyTTony Frets: 14223

    Because of timings and how crowded the schedule is, can I suggest that by default 3 willing volunteers set up their amps for the duration of the Jam as our "backline".
    That would be a lot more sensible than trying to swap amps for each song.

    IIRC, last time we were there, they did have a couple of hire rooms amps plugged in and ready to go too.  One was an old Marshall stack, can't remember what the other one was.  Given that the purpose of this meet-up is to play stuff, it's probably more important to have an amp that works than to worry too much about the subtleties of its tonal characteristics?

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  • BridgehouseBridgehouse Frets: 14357
    TTony said:

    Because of timings and how crowded the schedule is, can I suggest that by default 3 willing volunteers set up their amps for the duration of the Jam as our "backline".
    That would be a lot more sensible than trying to swap amps for each song.

    IIRC, last time we were there, they did have a couple of hire rooms amps plugged in and ready to go too.  One was an old Marshall stack, can't remember what the other one was.  Given that the purpose of this meet-up is to play stuff, it's probably more important to have an amp that works than to worry too much about the subtleties of its tonal characteristics?

    Exactly - I'd prefer to have 3 amps permanently ready to go with levels set and people just plug straight in or plug their boards in. 

    If there's house amps then we can use them, otherwise I need a few volunteers ;)
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  • horsehorse Frets: 517
    Not been in the big room before but they've had a couple of decent amps in each room I've been in before from memory. Got a feeling one room had a mesa stack and a HRD as I recall
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  • BridgehouseBridgehouse Frets: 14357
    horse said:
    Not been in the big room before but they've had a couple of decent amps in each room I've been in before from memory. Got a feeling one room had a mesa stack and a HRD as I recall
    Posh!
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  • I'm happy to plug my katana100 plus board and foot controller in for the day. Covers most bases and also has an acoustic pre amp channel. My board is very limited without it as I mostly use the channels and inbuilt effects. 

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  • slackerslacker Frets: 927
    I'm a bit fussy on amps so I'll bring a Vox type amp, either my Bad Cat or the Matchless if that's ok. 

    Bass wise I'm less fussy and will plug into anything @Bridgehouse  if I can borrow your mex P I'll bring my EUB so people can try it. 

    Once again if anyone is short of songs and wants to do some I'll give away Mustang Sally and Midnight Hour to a good cause. Also if anyone wants some bass songs I'm happy to give up Beat it Plug In Baby and Shake a Tail Feather. I'll play them all but dont want to hog things. 


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  • BridgehouseBridgehouse Frets: 14357
    slacker said:
    I'm a bit fussy on amps so I'll bring a Vox type amp, either my Bad Cat or the Matchless if that's ok. 

    Bass wise I'm less fussy and will plug into anything @Bridgehouse  if I can borrow your mex P I'll bring my EUB so people can try it. 

    Once again if anyone is short of songs and wants to do some I'll give away Mustang Sally and Midnight Hour to a good cause. Also if anyone wants some bass songs I'm happy to give up Beat it Plug In Baby and Shake a Tail Feather. I'll play them all but dont want to hog things. 


    @slacker - no problem, I'll bring the MiM 
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  • hywelghywelg Frets: 1512
    Happy for my Carr Rambler to be used in the backline.

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  • BridgehouseBridgehouse Frets: 14357
    hywelg said:
    Happy for my Carr Rambler to be used in the backline.

    Nice one. Thanks!
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  • hywelghywelg Frets: 1512
    hywelg said:
    Happy for my Carr Rambler to be used in the backline.

    Nice one. Thanks!
    Do you want me to bring my Ceriatone OTS as well? It takes pedals very well indeed. 

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  • BridgehouseBridgehouse Frets: 14357
    hywelg said:
    hywelg said:
    Happy for my Carr Rambler to be used in the backline.

    Nice one. Thanks!
    Do you want me to bring my Ceriatone OTS as well? It takes pedals very well indeed. 

    If you can fit it in then why not!
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  • hywelghywelg Frets: 1512
    hywelg said:
    hywelg said:
    Happy for my Carr Rambler to be used in the backline.

    Nice one. Thanks!
    Do you want me to bring my Ceriatone OTS as well? It takes pedals very well indeed. 

    If you can fit it in then why not!
    Got loads of space I used to transport all our bands PA. Ford Galaxy with all rear passenger seats out. Could bring the Ceriatone Plexi 50  with Powerscaling too if it's any use....
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  • TTonyTTony Frets: 14223
    Stage banner anyone???




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  • AlnicoAlnico Frets: 4148
    TTony said:
    Stage banner anyone???




    Really nice!
    That'll look excellent.
    There's no talent here, this is hard work. This is an obsession. We are all equal as human beings and you can be anything you want to be if you put in the time and the work. I'm not talented, I'm obsessed.
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  • impmannimpmann Frets: 7265
    OK who's bringing the smoke machine, strobes and the wind machine for the epic solo moments...? ;-)
    Never Ever Bloody Anything Ever.

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  • AlnicoAlnico Frets: 4148
    edited August 2017
    impmann said:
    OK who's bringing the smoke machine, strobes and the wind machine for the epic solo moments...? ;-)
     @Gassage ;can't make it this time unfortunately. 
    There's no talent here, this is hard work. This is an obsession. We are all equal as human beings and you can be anything you want to be if you put in the time and the work. I'm not talented, I'm obsessed.
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  • fandangofandango Frets: 1021
    impmann said:
    OK who's bringing the smoke machine, strobes and the wind machine for the epic solo moments...? ;-)
    If folk insist on a curry the night before, i think we'd have too many wind machines. And not for the better, either. Ho hum.
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  • PlectrumPlectrum Frets: 490
    fandango said:
    impmann said:
    OK who's bringing the smoke machine, strobes and the wind machine for the epic solo moments...? ;-)
    If folk insist on a curry the night before, i think we'd have too many wind machines. And not for the better, either. Ho hum.
    Especially given how prone guitarists are to gassing :)
    One day I'm going to make a guitar out of butter to experience just how well it actually plays.
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  • NikkoNikko Frets: 1790

    Hello!

    If anyone who is going to the jam would be interested in having this...

    ...Hercules Acoustic stand, let me know and ill bring it along. Im not asking any money for it. I bought it about a year ago by mistake, and never got round to doing anything about it. Its brand new (I just don't have the box im afraid). Grab yourself a Freebie in Leicester...


    ...sounds rude.


    Cheers

    Nick

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  • Nikko said:

    Hello!

    If anyone who is going to the jam would be interested in having this...

    ...Hercules Acoustic stand, let me know and ill bring it along. Im not asking any money for it. I bought it about a year ago by mistake, and never got round to doing anything about it. Its brand new (I just don't have the box im afraid). Grab yourself a Freebie in Leicester...


    ...sounds rude.


    Cheers

    Nick

    if I might be so bold, I could do with an acoustic stand. I'll buy you a pint! 

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  • NikkoNikko Frets: 1790
    Nikko said:

    Hello!

    If anyone who is going to the jam would be interested in having this...

    ...Hercules Acoustic stand, let me know and ill bring it along. Im not asking any money for it. I bought it about a year ago by mistake, and never got round to doing anything about it. Its brand new (I just don't have the box im afraid). Grab yourself a Freebie in Leicester...


    ...sounds rude.


    Cheers

    Nick

    if I might be so bold, I could do with an acoustic stand. I'll buy you a pint! 

    SOLD! Its yours ;)
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  • TADodgerTADodger Frets: 51
    I managed to drop in to Quad while I was in Leicester today to look at car parking.

    There were only a couple of VW vans and some cars, about 20, belonging to people that work in the units who, I am told leave around 17.30 on weekdays and do not all work at the weekend. The carpark was by no means full today when I was there.

    The studio has 12 allocated spaces in the carpark shown below (directly opposite the entrance to the studio via roller shutter behind me when I took the picture) and they are along the wall on the RHS of the carpark. It isn't very clear, but there is space for another row of cars along the high wall on the LHS. 

    The studio rooms that have been booked look great BTW  :)

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  • AlnicoAlnico Frets: 4148
     @TADodger
    Thanks, that's a really great effort.
    There's no talent here, this is hard work. This is an obsession. We are all equal as human beings and you can be anything you want to be if you put in the time and the work. I'm not talented, I'm obsessed.
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  • TTonyTTony Frets: 14223
    TADodger said:
    I managed to drop in to Quad while I was in Leicester today to look at car parking.

    Top man - thanks for taking the time to take to check it out for us.
    :)
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