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Re: backing solo performances
From: Michael Tuminello <email@example.com>
>However, the end result for me was that I felt like he was playing
I had the feeling that he wasn't even singing or >playing guitar anymore,
and that it was all recorded. (Not true, but that's what it felt like to
me.) At that point I decided that >a full band was the way to go.
>Other people may have differing opnions (I'm sure they will), but you
should try to check out someone who performs like >this before you totally
commit to doing it yourself, in my opinion. I went from no doubt that it
would work to completely >discarding the idea.
Then again, other people may agree completely. I do. I'm trying to avoid
my soapbox so I'll be brief. I encourage you to ask yourself questions
like: "What am I trying to communicate? What is the audience picking up?
What's the point of the performance? What is engaging about the
performance? What do I (the performer) feel? Why am I doing this? What's
the music about? Why is more sound important? What are the essential
aspects of the music/performance and what isn't?"
Personally, I feel that with today's unintelligent machines, playing with
computers, etc. is boring. Both to the performer and the audience. At
least with a looper there's some type of interplay but it can be boring as
Best of luck. Perhaps you'll find a new way of doing things.