If you long to get the band back together, that sometimes just isn’t going to be possible. For a gruesome example of that, take a look at any recent death by overdose or otherwise of bands of the past ~20 years or so. They’ll never reunite or get back together. Same goes for some bands I’ve been throughout my life. Due to either distance from where I currently reside, or just bands breaking up badly with a lot of feelings being hurt.
Well at the beginning of 2011 (yes, my new year’s resolution of sorts), I decided that the band would never get back together, but I still loved to play. Due to me not really playing much in the past ~10 years since my last full time band went to nevermore, I figured – “screw it, time to just jam“.
I started that journey by taking it to the top of the mountain and meeting the local yoda of guitar. While he didn’t tell me anything really new that I didn’t already know, he did inspire me to forge on with my quest. He did provide some ideas of theory that I wasn’t too keen on; or rather that I ignored a lot.
I spent time going over the major scale again, as well as other things. Of course I felt stuck in a rut, but things were getting better. Now being it’s September, 9 months later, I can say I have played pretty much every day minus a few. I have jammed with a few other people earlier in the year, that didn’t quite work out. I’m actually a better player than I’ve been. I can actually pick out cover songs rather quickly now.
Of course that has negated a lot of my original writing skills, but lately I find that it’s coming back now that I’ve learned how most songs are structured by figuring out the cover route aspect. Where to from here is anyone’s guess. At least I’ve renewed a kindred spirit and love for just playing. Thanks yoda!
- Pearl Jam Twenty: A Review (leadingusabsurd.com)
- Best cover songs of all times (bigsexymedia.com)
- Help a band come up with Halloween Costumes!! (ask.metafilter.com)
- Stranger’s donation kicks off fund drive for Daybreak Middle School band (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
- Jeff Loomis Gives His Side of the NEVERMORE Breakup (metalinjection.net)