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  • skaguitarskaguitar Frets: 490
    edited September 2016
    From the weekend when we supported The Neville Staple Band...



    “To play a wrong note is insignificant; to play without passion is inexcusable.”

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  • Excellent.  =)  I have met Neville briefly, his daughter dj'd at a show we did and Nev turned up and said hello.

    skaguitar said:
    From the weekend when we supported The Neville Staple Band...




    Let us realize the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.
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  • Excellent.  =)  I have met Neville briefly, his daughter dj'd at a show we did and Nev turned up and said hello.

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    From the weekend when we supported The Neville Staple Band...




    Yeah I've met him a couple of times when we played skamouth and other gigs...always a gentleman and his band were really good on Saturday ...it was an honour to support them...:)

    “To play a wrong note is insignificant; to play without passion is inexcusable.”

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  • He supports the music museum in Coventry and if he is free on a Saturday has a wander around. Apparently the museum gets lots of people contacting them saying 'what are the chances I would meet Neville Staple at the museum' and yet those chances are really quite high if you go on a Saturday afternoon.

    skaguitar said:
    Excellent.  =)  I have met Neville briefly, his daughter dj'd at a show we did and Nev turned up and said hello.

    skaguitar said:
    From the weekend when we supported The Neville Staple Band...




    Yeah I've met him a couple of times when we played skamouth and other gigs...always a gentleman and his band were really good on Saturday ...it was an honour to support them...:)

    Let us realize the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.
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  • TroyTroy Frets: 224
    skaguitar said:
    From the weekend when we supported The Neville Staple Band...



    Lol, I saw the Dekkertones a couple of weeks over Yarmouth, was you there?
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    @skaguitar ^ (forgot to tag you)
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  • Yes @troy ..was that at the feathers..?...tiny little pub..

    “To play a wrong note is insignificant; to play without passion is inexcusable.”

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    @skaguitar yes I was there, I have a video of you playing.
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  • Hope you enjoyed it @troy :)

    “To play a wrong note is insignificant; to play without passion is inexcusable.”

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    @skaguitar, yes was a very good night.
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  • DopesickDopesick Frets: 1133
    @skaguitar That's Club 85 my local venue! Basically my second home when I'm out and about.
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  • @dopesick  yes it is....local to me too...great venue...first time I've played there...the engineers were really good and the sound was spot on....good crowd too although they were there to see Neville Staple to be fair.. ;)

    “To play a wrong note is insignificant; to play without passion is inexcusable.”

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  • At Audio Farm Festival in Wales last weekend:





    A nice outdoor-er with good weather and people dancing, what more could you wish
    I first came across your percussionist busking in Chester and was intrigued by his unusual instruments - he put me on to you and I've seen you a few times since (most recently in Alexanders I think). Its a great, unique and lively sound - keep it up!!
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  • Thankfully most pictures of me performing over the years have disappeared
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  • Here's a few video's that have come out of a gig we did in August. The guitars to low in the mix - but then again it always is isn't it!



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  • skaguitarskaguitar Frets: 490

    Here's a few video's that have come out of a gig we did in August. The guitars to low in the mix - but then again it always is isn't it!



    Nice....got to love a bit of ska... :)

    “To play a wrong note is insignificant; to play without passion is inexcusable.”

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  • BigMonkaBigMonka Frets: 1551
    Found this photo from about 6 years ago, playing an event for a bunch of youth in Wakefield.


    Always be yourself! Unless you can be Batman, in which case always be Batman.
    My boss told me "dress for the job you want, not the job you have"... now I'm sat in a disciplinary meeting dressed as Batman.
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  • Quite a fast 54-46. One of those songs that , I think, a lot of people don't know but everyone into ska does.

    Here's a few video's that have come out of a gig we did in August. The guitars to low in the mix - but then again it always is isn't it!




    Let us realize the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.
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  • Quite a fast 54-46. One of those songs that , I think, a lot of people don't know but everyone into ska does.

     
    Both are too quick imo Eric. We are severely limited by our drummer who has absolutely zero natural feel or technique. We play 54 - 46 in a really flat unfunky 4 -4, when it'd sound brilliant with a one drop beat as on the record..... but hey ho - the drummer started the band, is a lovely bloke and is super enthusiastic, organises all the gigs, facebook, rehearsals etc. so we just have to make do.....




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  • In my old ska band we changed drummer. On the surface much more technically competent but no feel for a one drop, used to make our bassist explode with rage ( who plays in a band with Aitch, the original drummer from The Selecter, now so hopefully he's a bit calmer).
    Some bands play all these things fast ( our keyboardist deps in a band where they play everything at break neck speed and they play much bigger gigs than us) but, to me, the 60s stuff had a groove and that's what I like. 
    Let us realize the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.
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  • In my old ska band we changed drummer. On the surface much more technically competent but no feel for a one drop, used to make our bassist explode with rage ( who plays in a band with Aitch, the original drummer from The Selecter, now so hopefully he's a bit calmer).
    Some bands play all these things fast ( our keyboardist deps in a band where they play everything at break neck speed and they play much bigger gigs than us) but, to me, the 60s stuff had a groove and that's what I like. 

    You got to have feel and groove, its everything, particularly if your not playing rock or metal.... and your right - that doesn't necessarily equate to technical ability. Unfortunately our drummer doesn't even have the one drop in his locker. His limitations are incredibly frustrating, especially because I believe a band can only really be as good as its drummer. But a change isn't in the offing..... he is a founder member and I am not sure I'd be in a band where we got rid of people because of a lack of ability and he is the driving force of the band in lots of ways - a real enthusiast.
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  • GrunfeldGrunfeld Frets: 2868


    I have a sparkly midnight blue RG!
    Normally looks black.

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  • Danny1969Danny1969 Frets: 3844
    Nice pose Grun :)

    Here's a snap from Saturdays wedding. Same band, same songs but an extra £150 each means we will wear suits :)


    www.2020studios.co.uk 
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  • skaguitarskaguitar Frets: 490
    In my old ska band we changed drummer. On the surface much more technically competent but no feel for a one drop, used to make our bassist explode with rage ( who plays in a band with Aitch, the original drummer from The Selecter, now so hopefully he's a bit calmer).
    Some bands play all these things fast ( our keyboardist deps in a band where they play everything at break neck speed and they play much bigger gigs than us) but, to me, the 60s stuff had a groove and that's what I like. 

    You got to have feel and groove, its everything, particularly if your not playing rock or metal.... and your right - that doesn't necessarily equate to technical ability. Unfortunately our drummer doesn't even have the one drop in his locker. His limitations are incredibly frustrating, especially because I believe a band can only really be as good as its drummer. But a change isn't in the offing..... he is a founder member and I am not sure I'd be in a band where we got rid of people because of a lack of ability and he is the driving force of the band in lots of ways - a real enthusiast.
    One drop is all about feel... @Placidcasual79 you're drummer does sound like he's attempting a one drop on 54-46... he's accenting the 3rd beat in the bar albeit in a very quick version.... but I have said this to members of our band...you can have the most technical musicians but put them in a ska or reggae band and although they may play it technically correctly... if they don't feel it it doesn't sound right.
    Our band has just changed drummers and it is a long process getting the sound right with new members.... and don't even get me started on trying to find a new keyboard player...!!...there are no ska / reggae keys players about.

    “To play a wrong note is insignificant; to play without passion is inexcusable.”

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    One drop is all about feel... @Placidcasual79 you're drummer does sound like he's attempting a one drop on 54-46... he's accenting the 3rd beat in the bar albeit in a very quick version.... but I have said this to members of our band...you can have the most technical musicians but put them in a ska or reggae band and although they may play it technically correctly... if they don't feel it it doesn't sound right.
    Our band has just changed drummers and it is a long process getting the sound right with new members.... and don't even get me started on trying to find a new keyboard player...!!...there are no ska / reggae keys players about.

    I am a drummer so perhaps its extra frustrating for me. Unfortunately for us he doesn't know what a one drop is - the beat he plays is flat - two on the kick one on the snare - we will rock you style, with the hi hat in 4-4 time. Aside from that he's always fast and lacks feel.....

    Were lucky in that we actually have a great keyboard player but now we have lost of bass player and trumpeter.....

    I really enjoy watching your band on youtube. We've watched clips of your group as something to aim for!!!  

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    One drop is all about feel... @Placidcasual79 you're drummer does sound like he's attempting a one drop on 54-46... he's accenting the 3rd beat in the bar albeit in a very quick version.... but I have said this to members of our band...you can have the most technical musicians but put them in a ska or reggae band and although they may play it technically correctly... if they don't feel it it doesn't sound right.
    Our band has just changed drummers and it is a long process getting the sound right with new members.... and don't even get me started on trying to find a new keyboard player...!!...there are no ska / reggae keys players about.

    I am a drummer so perhaps its extra frustrating for me. Unfortunately for us he doesn't know what a one drop is - the beat he plays is flat - two on the kick one on the snare - we will rock you style, with the hi hat in 4-4 time. Aside from that he's always fast and lacks feel.....

    Were lucky in that we actually have a great keyboard player but now we have lost of bass player and trumpeter.....

    I really enjoy watching your band on youtube. We've watched clips of your group as something to aim for!!!  

    He seems better on the 2 tone stuff..?... do you think if you were to say something to him he might take it on board and try to get it..?

    We did have a great keyboard player but he's leaving us soon and we're struggling to find a replacement.... but he's being really helpful and playing gigs with us until we find someone.

    Thanks for the compliment on the you tube clips.... your band sounds good :)

    “To play a wrong note is insignificant; to play without passion is inexcusable.”

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    He seems better on the 2 tone stuff..?... do you think if you were to say something to him he might take it on board and try to get it..?

    We did have a great keyboard player but he's leaving us soon and we're struggling to find a replacement.... but he's being really helpful and playing gigs with us until we find someone.

    Thanks for the compliment on the you tube clips.... your band sounds good :)

    Now worries mate - your band are great, really tight. I love the tone you get from your guitar and it looks like you do some really good gigs.

    .Its difficult with our drummer. I've been playing with him for nearly two years - the others closer to three. Must've told him to slow down a million times, played him videos etc..... he doesn't get stroppy or anything and will attempt to address it. That might last a song or two, four at best!

    There is only so much you can do about his other short comings - in various bits of songs we've told him what to play or what not to play, sometimes he can change, sometimes he just plain doesn't get it. He has never been able to play the intro to lip up fatty for example and never will! I showed him the one drop - he totally didn't get it. He is a lovely fella and there is only so much you can do - you cant polish a turd eh?

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