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Jaay

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Has this ever happened to anyone else?
« on: February 18, 2009, 09:33:05 AM »

So I'm playing a pit gig right now.  Every so often, someone will come up to me and ask if I can do this kind of a sound or that kind of a sound.  I'll tell them yes or no depending, or my default, "I'll see what I can do".

I don't know if this has happened to anyone else, but it's getting kind of annoying when I get approached three or four times in an evening with that same "can you do it" question with different sounds.  And then, when I say I don't have that particular sample, I get "wow, all those sounds and you don't have [insert random effect here]?"  I guess it tells me that there's no pleasing some people. 

I've had a rough few weeks and perhaps it's left me oversensitive.  If this is the case, someone please call me on it.  But sometimes it seems like I'm getting this "dance, monkey, dance!" thing from the staff in terms of what sounds they want me to generate and the best thing I can think to do is just tell them "I'll see what I can do".  Anyone else ever get this?

-Jaay
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Re: Has this ever happened to anyone else?
« Reply #1 on: February 18, 2009, 11:13:55 AM »

Your answer should be:

If you buy me a sampler, sure.
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Re: Has this ever happened to anyone else?
« Reply #2 on: February 18, 2009, 11:46:47 AM »

::Laughs:: nice!!!  I have been looking for an excuse to check out that old A3000.....
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Re: Has this ever happened to anyone else?
« Reply #3 on: February 18, 2009, 06:58:03 PM »

So I'm playing a pit gig right now.  Every so often, someone will come up to me and ask if I can do this kind of a sound or that kind of a sound...............

................... Anyone else ever get this?

-Jaay

I always say yes and just walk away leaving them standing there.

It's one thing if it is the Musical Director, but in the case of a show, that should all be worked out ahead of time.

Remember that you are playing a real instrument.  Who cares if they don't understand that.  Keep your chin up!


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Re: Has this ever happened to anyone else?
« Reply #4 on: February 19, 2009, 12:24:43 PM »

Avast Thar Matey:

    IN cases where me superior officers and subordinate crew make an inquiry that is less than stellar, I just remain silent and give them a dumb look (which in my case is easy to do).  This approach works well in most situations.

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Re: Has this ever happened to anyone else?
« Reply #5 on: February 21, 2009, 04:41:43 PM »

You might think of it as just ignorance on their part.  After all, you're playing this whacky thing and they have no idea of what it actually entails or is capable of, so they make silly requests.   
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Re: Has this ever happened to anyone else?
« Reply #6 on: February 24, 2009, 12:26:15 PM »

i think zenfem#9 said it best. no need get riled up cause people ask us about an interesting unique instrument worthy of attention. have a little patience with others and take it as a compliment if they wanna know about your zendrum and its capabilities. being less than courteous to those who may enjoy you is not a very good idea unless you dont mind them returning the disfavor.

p.s. shes my favorite zenner and not just because of her looks  ;)
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Re: Has this ever happened to anyone else?
« Reply #7 on: February 25, 2009, 05:44:37 AM »

Enjoy that fact that you are playing a unique instrument.......if you can add the sounds and be helpful you WILL get better referrals for other pit gigs/shows.

Good luck
Mick

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Re: Has this ever happened to anyone else?
« Reply #8 on: March 30, 2009, 11:36:32 PM »

I have another spin on this...I LIE and say, "you know? I DO have that cool sound you are asking about-unfortunatly, I have THAT particular sound on one of my back-up modules (or sampler) that I have left at home!...Very cool sound choice though, Dude!".....and they usually just walk away. You don't neccessarily need to say it in a cocky tone, but by the end of a gig, it sometimes makes ME feel better! ha,ha!!
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