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Electric Country Guitar Lessons: Stage Etiquette: Playing With and Listening to Others

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>> All right man,
we're about wrapping up the intermediate
guitar stage of this lesson program here,
so right now I am not going
to play anything else.
I am just gonna, I'm gonna talk a little
bit about what I consider stage etiquette,
playing with others, listening,
providing a nice bed, which is like
a nice rhythm nice rhythm part,
backing up a singer, volume dynamics.
First of all just, if you find yourself in
a situation playing with other musicians,
just listen to them more than you're
listening to what you're playing.
It's a band, it's a team,
it's a supportive role.
When it's time for you to shine and
take a solo, I mean,
yeah, you've gotta step up and do that.
But while another instrument is either
taking fills, which means filling between
the vocal lines,
you really gotta play a supportive role,
like play a nice rhythm pattern,
a nice rhythm part.
Or, if there's a lot of people on stage,
you might not have to play anything.
And a lot of times in the studio
I'll maybe play just a couple little
notes or a little rhythm pattern,
and there won't be any solo or
fills or anything like that.
So it's really about the supportive role.
Make sure if you've playing in a band and
you're the loudest person on stage,
you might want to think about keeping,
keeping the dynamic just kinda pay
attention to what's around you.
Make sure you're not the loudest guy on
stage, especially guitar players, I mean,
we can get loud.
And play with dynamics.
When you're starting off a solo,
start soft and
build into something try to really
say something with your playing.
And then as far as listening,
backing up a singer, as well.
If somebody's singing,
if you can't hear what they're saying,
then you're either playing too much, or
somebody in the band's playing too loud.
The vocals should be the most
important thing in that band,
you don't wanna play on top of that.
So it's all about phrasing and
playing fills.
If you're in that situation where
you're playing fills around a singer,
you really wanna focus on just playing
something really supportive for
them I mean, and when they end their
vocal phrase, you might be able
to put a phrase in there in between their
vocal aligned, that fits perfectly.
And it just all comes down to listening
and how much you listen to records,
and listen to what other people are doing,
and really kind of get that in your head.
And that's a big part of it,
listening to the music that you love.
If you love country music
with great singers,
then listen to what the guys are doing
behind them on the fiddle and
the steel and the piano and
the electric guitar.
Instrumental music is a different thing.
I mean you're still wanting to be tasteful
and all that stuff but there's a lot more
room to play if you're playing your own
instrumental music or something like that.
But country music is so song based, and
so vocal based that it's really
about that support of bed and
even if you are doing a rhythm pattern
that's a little more exciting or
something like that,
just focus on being a good player,
not overplaying,
which means playing too many notes.
So, just think about all this kind of
stuff while you're playing too and
I know there's a lot you're practicing and
you're learning and you might be
struggling with a couple techniques.
So, there's a lot of stuff on your
mind now with playing, and you're
experiencing all these different feelings
and you're doing new things and all this.
But somewhere in the back of your mind
just keep in touch with some of this stuff
too that that's a big part of it
just the dynamics, the volume.
The providing a nice beat listening
to other people on stage,
making sure you can hear everything
the singer is enunciating.
If you can't,
then listen to what could be the problem.
If you're too loud, or
you're playing too much, or
you're not focusing on
what's going on around you.
And so all those things are kinda more
of the interpersonal aspects of music.
And we'll elaborate on that stuff some
more too in the future lessons, but
it's a good thing to keep
in the back of your mind.
So that'll make you a better musician,
and not just a good guitar player.
So, with that being said, we're gonna
put a close to the intermediate country
guitar segment of this show, and we will,
we'll pick up now with, with the advanced
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