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    Hi guys,
    As the few of you who've been kind enough to comment on my last few videos, I thought you may be interested to see this. Having seen my rubbish on YouTube I was recently contacted by the members of a new Country band being put together and asked to go audition as rhythm guitarist / backing vocals...and guess what? It surprisingly looks like they're only going offer me the job! lol
    Now, my issue is, at age 61, do I really want the commitment to a full time gigging band when I've never played in a band before? Or do I continue blissfully amusing myself strumming and singing a few silly songs each day on my sofa like I've done for as long as I can remember?
    Regards, Dave
    (BTW: I'm the one nearest the camera with the bald head that's reflecting the light into your eyes, and when this took place I was suffering from a really bad head cold and super sore throat with even MORE little to no control over my voice than I usually have! lol)

    I own a Kawai KM-10 Baby Grand piano, a Technics KN-2000 electric keyboard, a Freshman Apollo 6 string electro acoustic, my longest friend - a 50yr old EKO 12 string jumbo, an American Fender Stratocaster deluxe, an American Gibson SG Special, a Squier Telecaster Custom II with P90s, an Ozark 2035 suprano banjole, a tenor size Kmise banjole, and a Kala KA-CE electro acoustic uke. Oh, and a piano accordion - but trying to play that feels like I'm wrestling with an octopus!

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    Quote Originally Posted by S11LKO View Post
    Do I really want the commitment to a full time gigging band when I've never played in a band before?
    Yes

    Quote Originally Posted by S11LKO View Post
    Or do I continue blissfully amusing myself strumming and singing a few silly songs each day on my sofa like I've done for as long as I can remember?
    No

    Quote Originally Posted by S11LKO View Post
    ...when this took place I was suffering from a really bad head cold and super sore throat with even MORE little to no control over my voice than I usually have! lol)
    You might get more mileage out of that that story on stage. Then again, maybe not.

    Quote Originally Posted by S11LKO View Post
    It surprisingly looks like they're only going offer me the job! lol
    Congratulations! The couch is overrated

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    HaHa! You do make me laugh my friend. Simply love your sense of humour! I have until the new year to make up my mind and I'll probably go with it as you advise because I'm sure it'll be a real blast.; and the income will come in useful too...although I play my 'music' just for the sheer enjoyment of it so would gig with them happily for nothing. (Don't tell them that though! lol) x
    I own a Kawai KM-10 Baby Grand piano, a Technics KN-2000 electric keyboard, a Freshman Apollo 6 string electro acoustic, my longest friend - a 50yr old EKO 12 string jumbo, an American Fender Stratocaster deluxe, an American Gibson SG Special, a Squier Telecaster Custom II with P90s, an Ozark 2035 suprano banjole, a tenor size Kmise banjole, and a Kala KA-CE electro acoustic uke. Oh, and a piano accordion - but trying to play that feels like I'm wrestling with an octopus!

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    What a fantastic opportunity. I've never played in a band full-time, so I can't offer any real world advice, but it sure sounds like fun. Whatever you decide, best of luck Dave.

    Luke

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    Thanks matey!
    I own a Kawai KM-10 Baby Grand piano, a Technics KN-2000 electric keyboard, a Freshman Apollo 6 string electro acoustic, my longest friend - a 50yr old EKO 12 string jumbo, an American Fender Stratocaster deluxe, an American Gibson SG Special, a Squier Telecaster Custom II with P90s, an Ozark 2035 suprano banjole, a tenor size Kmise banjole, and a Kala KA-CE electro acoustic uke. Oh, and a piano accordion - but trying to play that feels like I'm wrestling with an octopus!

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    I'd say it depends on whether you still work a full-time day job, and what do you mean by full-time band? How many gigs per month? I'm also 61, and play guitar in a classic rock band, gigging 2x/month, and it's fine for me. We try to spread the gigs out, not doing 2-3 Saturdays in a row, to keep the spouses happy.
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    Our set up scenario would sound somewhat similar to yours Ukecaster. The idea is to gig perhaps twice per month. I’m retired now so have the time. I’m just assuming gigs will be mostly at weekends and was wondering if wifey would get irritated by my not then available to do things with her? But if we controlled and spread them out as you do I’m sure it’d be fine. If an ‘open event’ she could even come along, have a couple of drinks, and watch.
    I’ve today been contacted by a rock covers band who want to speak to me too, so it’s nice to have others to share my love of music with in any form I can. Thanks for the comment.
    I own a Kawai KM-10 Baby Grand piano, a Technics KN-2000 electric keyboard, a Freshman Apollo 6 string electro acoustic, my longest friend - a 50yr old EKO 12 string jumbo, an American Fender Stratocaster deluxe, an American Gibson SG Special, a Squier Telecaster Custom II with P90s, an Ozark 2035 suprano banjole, a tenor size Kmise banjole, and a Kala KA-CE electro acoustic uke. Oh, and a piano accordion - but trying to play that feels like I'm wrestling with an octopus!

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    It may take some time to get used to the late nights, the drugs and the groupies. But you’ll adjust. Look at Keith Richards.
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    Keith Richards? Oh poo!! I’m ugly enough to start with. If it’s going to make me look like him I better turn down the offer now! And the only drugs I take nowadays are for my cholesterol, high blood pressure, and Type 2 Diabetes!!! lol
    I own a Kawai KM-10 Baby Grand piano, a Technics KN-2000 electric keyboard, a Freshman Apollo 6 string electro acoustic, my longest friend - a 50yr old EKO 12 string jumbo, an American Fender Stratocaster deluxe, an American Gibson SG Special, a Squier Telecaster Custom II with P90s, an Ozark 2035 suprano banjole, a tenor size Kmise banjole, and a Kala KA-CE electro acoustic uke. Oh, and a piano accordion - but trying to play that feels like I'm wrestling with an octopus!

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    Dave:

    You might be ugly enough, but can you match Keith's gnarled hands?

    Did you join the band? Please give us an update.

    Luke

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