The Six Rules All Musicians Must Follow When Sitting In With Other Artists

first_imgSit-ins are an exciting and entertaining experience for both a band and its fans. A skilled guest artist can add a big spark to a set and give fans a fresh perspective on their favorite band’s music. They are also an ideal way to get a horn player to be in your band without having to pay them.I have sat in with a lot of bands. This is a symptom of being a good enough player that groups want me to play with them, while also being annoying enough that they don’t want to have me around for an entire gig. It is my cross to bear.Jumping on stage with someone else’s band is extremely rewarding. It can also be nerve-wracking. You have to bring your “A” game while also being mindful to not step on the toes of the other musicians. A well-executed sit-in can really take a show to the next level. It’s also a great way to connect with new musicians and expand your musical horizons. Here are some tips to keep in mind when it comes to sitting in.1. Don’t Ask – It’s almost never a good idea to ask a band if you can sit-in. If they really want you up there, they’ll let you know. This is the cardinal rule for sit-ins in my opinion. Asking a band to play puts the musicians on the spot and can come off as awkward and desperate.2. Be Involved – During the show, try to avoid getting caught up gallivanting backstage, drinking the bands booze, and telling dumb jokes to the opener while they try to check their Snapchat. It is important to be actively involved with the music mentally even when you’re not on stage. If you’re not ready when it’s your time to play, you will end up in a mad scramble to grab your instrument and get up to the mic/amp/drums before the entire audience begins to ponder if this would be a good time to take a long bathroom break.3. Be Prepared – Warm up and tune before you get on stage. No one likes the player that spends the first two minutes of the song trying to get in tune and figure out what’s going on. The next thing you know it’s over and everyone is all like “yeah maaaaannnn…..sounded goooooood…..killin”. They’re disappointed, though. You can see it in their eyes. It’s the same look your parents had when you first told them you wanted to be a professional musician.4. Show Off – Don’t be shy. You’re up there for a reason. Use some of your flashiest (but still musical) licks to create a big moment in the tune. Try to add to the song without destroying its original intent. Basically, do the opposite of what Kenny G did when he recorded over “What a Wonderful World” by Louis Armstrong. Also, don’t be going crazy over the singer. They hate that.5. Don’t Pretend – Some sit-ins are more off-the-cuff than others. If you don’t know the song, don’t do that annoying thing musicians do where they attempt to learn the melody on stage as they go by playing it wrong over the guy who is playing correctly. All this achieves is making you both sound bad. If you don’t know the tune just stand there and wait for your turn to solo. Less is more….especially when you have no clue what’s going on.6. Find the Biggest Guy in the Band and Attack Him – The first thing that you should do when you are playing with a new band is attack the biggest and strongest member. This will the show the rest of the musicians, and the crew that you mean business and are not to be messed with. The first time I sat in with the Werks I did this to Rob Chafin and he still won’t make eye contact with me to this day. It is important to never show fear backstage or on the bandstand or you could become a target for rival gangs.Following these simple steps will lead to some great guest appearances. It’s actually pretty simple. Don’t hold up the show, be prepared, and be entertaining without be annoying. If you do these things you might even get asked to play again. You’re still not getting paid though.Turbo Suit saxophonist Nicholas Gerlach has sat in with many artists throughout the years, and for good reason. The man can play! Having performed with groups like Lotus, Umphrey’s McGee, moe. and more, Gerlach has learned a thing or two about what it takes to step in and jam to unfamiliar waters. We asked him to tell us some tricks of the trade…last_img read more

Updated computer cluster reopens

first_imgAfter several months of planning, renovations and setbacks, the LaFortune Student Center computer cluster, a popular workspace for students, reopened this week.Some of the most notable renovations to the space include new carpet and color scheme.“The new wall colors are calming and less depressing,” sophomore Carlos Zarazua said. “It should be better for stressful last minute studying and working on projects.”LaFortune’s computer cluster had not been updated in 18 years, Brian Burchett, manager of Classroom and Cluster Services for the Office of Information and Technology, said in a Feb. 16 Observer article. In addition to a general remodeling of the outdated room, the layout was overhauled to reflect the transition from students using University-provided communal computers to personal laptops.The change meant fewer actual computers, allowing for more open workspace, as well as two group study rooms, resulting in a layout more conducive to group work.“I really like how it’s so open now. I liked when there were more computers but the open space more than makes up for it,” Zarazua said. “I guess it makes sense, as most people have laptops now anyway.”The plans for the project began in spring 2008 but were not funded until recently. The first expected completion date was Feb. 1, and a more recent report indicated students could expect access to the cluster by the first week of March, in time for midterms.Delays with some of the materials for the project postponed the finishing of trim work and furniture delivery, pushing back the completion of the cluster significantly.“One of the things that delayed the project was getting the carpet from the manufacturer,” Burchett said. “It wasn’t really the fault of anyone at Notre Dame … the carpet manufacturer just had a later delivery than we thought.”Burchett said students were helpful in the renovation process, and he hopes to bring students in on future projects.last_img read more

Edward E. Miller

first_imgEdward E. Miller tragically lost his life in a fire early Wednesday morning June 20, 2018 at his home near Madison, Indiana. He was born in Marion, Indiana on August 8, 1954 and raised by his mother Helen Miller. He was one of eleven children. Ed had been a US Navy Veteran proudly serving his country from 1976 through 1978. On January 30, 1980, he married Christy L. Haines. He had been a truck driver for nearly 20 years. He enjoyed working in his garage, meticulously organizing things and working on cars for his family and friends! Over the past few years, you could always see him with his four legged poodle companion “Izzy”  that he loved very much.  He will be sadly missed by his wife Christy, son’s Jered Miller of Osgood, Michael Miller of Lawrenceburg, step son Jason Joy of Alabama along with 3 grandsons, Richard, Kienan and Justin and 2 granddaughters Destiny and Gabrielle.A memorial celebration will be held on Tuesday, June 26, 2018 at Neal’s Funeral Home with calling from 4:00 pm until 6:00 pm at which time the memorial service will begin.Memorials may be made to the donors choice.www.nealsfuneralhome.netlast_img read more

Wisconsin excels over Indiana at Assembly Hall

first_imgBLOOMINGTON, Ind. — The University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team extended its winning streak to five games Thursday, winning 68-51 over Indiana at Assembly Hall.Although they let the Hoosiers hang around for the first 22 minutes, the Badgers dominated the last 18, outscoring Indiana 37-21 in the second half and 32-17 over that 18-minute stretch.“I’d like to say it was something (we did) at halftime,” UW head coach Bo Ryan said. “Just finish inside. We had some shots in the first half inside, (but) we just didn’t finish.”UW downed the Hoosiers behind a 21-point performance from junior Trevon Hughes and an 18-point performance by senior Joe Krabbenhoft. Also contributing for the Badgers was senior Marcus Landry, who scored nine points on 4-of-7 shooting despite feeling a bit under the weather.Hughes had success inside and out in the game, hitting 3-of-6 from beyond the arc while frequently slashing through the Hoosiers’ defense for layups or a kick out to the perimeter.“Trevon and Jordan (Taylor) did a great job of running the show out there,” Krabbenhoft said. “They were coming off those screens (and) finding guys open.”The lone bright spots for Indiana were guards Verdell Jones III and? Devan Dumes. Jones scored 16 points on 7-of-14 shooting for IU and Dumes added 12 points, hitting just 1-of-6 from the floor while going a perfect 9-for-9 at the charity stripe.After a close, hard-fought first half, the Badgers seized control of the game, pushing the lead to 15 points with an 18-4 run in the first eight minutes and 28 seconds of play. The UW defense managed to shut down Indiana, as IU went scoreless from 17:37 to the 10:59 mark.“We got back a little better and protected the rim,” Ryan said. “In the second half when you shoot [60.9 percent] and you don’t have a lot of turnovers, the other team is not going to get a whole lot in transition.”In the first half, Hughes got the Badgers going early, scoring 10 of Wisconsin’s first 15 points. UW couldn’t put the Hoosiers away early, however, as the two teams were tied six times in the first period, and the lead changed nine times before going to the locker room with UW ahead by a slim 31-30 margin.Indiana had a chance to take the lead back with less than five seconds remaining in the half, but both Hoosier shot attempts were unsuccessful.In the second half, Indiana came out hot in the first minute, with Jones scoring first on a short jumper to swing the lead back the Hoosiers’ way. Wisconsin (17-9, 8-6) answered Jones’ jumper with a pair of buckets and a Landry free throw, giving them a lead they would not relinquish.Indiana (6-19, 1-12 Big Ten) responded with a pair of Devan Dumes free throws to cut the lead to two points, 36-34, at 17:37, the closest they would get the rest of the way. Following the Dumes free throws, Wisconsin reeled off 13 unanswered points heading into the second media timeout.“We’re not in a position where we can let the other team find that rhythm,” IU head coach Tom Crean said. “[Wisconsin] found a rhythm in the second half.”Crean’s squad battled back, cutting the UW lead to 11 points with 9:09 to play on another pair of Dumes free throws. Unfortunately for IU, however, Krabbenhoft drew a charge for UW to stop the Hoosier run, and the Badgers went on a run of their own, scoring nine in a row over the next 4:36.“That definitely gave us momentum,” Hughes said of the charge. “They [were] trying to make a push and come back and get [the lead] under 10 points, but when he took that charge, it went back into our favor.”Wisconsin earned its biggest lead with 3:24 to play, as a Krabbenhoft jumper gave the Badgers a 64-42 lead. It was at that point that the majority of an announced crowd of 14,669 started heading for the exits at Assembly Hall.For the Badgers, the win keeps their recent momentum rolling toward a Sunday matchup with No. 6 Michigan State in East Lansing. Although it also helps to solidify their improving NCAA Tournament hopes, Ryan’s squad is not ready to look too far into the future.“You know what’s the most important? Michigan State,” Ryan said. “We’re going to get ready for Michigan State — I never get into that other stuff. … My world is shut off to just getting ready for the next team. Ignorance of ignorance is bliss.”last_img read more