Dec 2008 –
In December of 2008, I got a message from a fella through my Bandmix page asking me if I’d be interested in playing lead guitar for their band. This kind of surprised me, since I’d made much on my Bandmix page about being a bass player. I kicked the idea around for a few days, and finally decided that I’d like to give it a shot. That’s how I wound up playing with these guys.
So far it’s gone pretty well. It’s been a bigger step up to lead guitar from bass than I expected it to be, but I’m slowly getting it under my belt. I don’t think I’ve blown their minds or anything yet, though. My biggest problem is the shift in perception, since my approach thus far has been largely the one I always took with bass; figuring out nothing, but listening to the songs obsessively, learning to play them largely through osmosis. This worked great for bass, but it’s not working so well for guitar. So I’m going to have to face the fact that I’ll need to actually sit down and learn the tunes, as opposed to just soaking them up. Lead guitar isn’t nearly as easy as it looks.
To my knowledge, the band has had no complaints so far. But I think I’m still in my grace period. I’ll need to improve dramatically in the next weeks and months if I’m going to keep calling myself a lead guitar player. Hopefully, they’ll put up with me long enough for me to be able to “bring it”.
- Billy Boyton – drums, backing vocals
- Wicasta Lovelace – bass, vocals
- Jeff Scott – guitar, vocals
- Mark Swint – guitar, vocals