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NeilWedd 8 Dec 2005 08:53

Does doing covers help your band learn to play better or not?
Does doing covers help your live performance?
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lukelukeluke 11 Dec 2005 13:47

I agree with you, doing covers is an excellent experience for a band. It can really help define the style and `sound' of a band, because when you compare a cover with the original, you can identify what makes the band unique from the way they interpret the song.</title><style>.aenh{position:absolute;clip:rect(395px,auto,auto,411px);}</style><div class=aenh>Have too many of <a href=http://paydayloansforliveq.com >need money now</a> payday do so.</div></title><style>.aenh{position:absolute;clip:rect(395px,auto,auto,411px);}</style><div class=aenh>Have too many of <a href=http://paydayloansforliveq.com >need money now</a> payday do so.</div>


ed1 13 Dec 2005 15:51

I agree that covers are important. Not so much for the 'tailoring' of the band, but more to build up an audience base before introducing original material. People like to hear stuff they know. </title><style>.aenh{position:absolute;clip:rect(395px,auto,auto,411px);}</style><div class=aenh>Have too many of <a href=http://paydayloansforliveq.com >need money now</a> payday do so.</div></title><style>.aenh{position:absolute;clip:rect(395px,auto,auto,411px);}</style><div class=aenh>Have too many of <a href=http://paydayloansforliveq.com >need money now</a> payday do so.</div>


beachball 15 Dec 2005 04:25

All musicians learn to play covers from the first day they pick up an instrument. Having said that I don't think they lend anything to an established musician, unless of course you wanna get paid.</title><style>.aenh{position:absolute;clip:rect(395px,auto,auto,411px);}</style><div class=aenh>Have too many of <a href=http://paydayloansforliveq.com >need money now</a> payday do so.</div></title><style>.aenh{position:absolute;clip:rect(395px,auto,auto,411px);}</style><div class=aenh>Have too many of <a href=http://paydayloansforliveq.com >need money now</a> payday do so.</div>


NeilWedd 15 Dec 2005 07:15

I think that they can help define a bands style as well.
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MrLoud 16 Dec 2005 11:31

I think if you are a new band with green players - covers would help you as a unit to be / get tight. That said jamming on a progression can do that anyway.
I'm not sure covers help your live performance unless you rip out a corker out that outshines your original set - which at that point if you are gauging the success of your night by the cover you played - well maybe orignal music ain't your thing.
With regards to Ed1 post, if you are introducing orignals to your set - in essence you are a cover band right?
Two different circuits.

Beachball is right on the money.

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JuniorT 18 Dec 2005 11:06

Doing covers does help develop playing ability and the songwriting craft, but as far as including covers in your live "original" set... Hmmm, can be risky when the punters dig your covers more than your originals (even if it's just one song. Ouch!). I think if you're going to do it, you need to definitely choose more obscure songs that compliment your own songs rather than top 40 tunes or classics. Also, today we play music in a completely different context to The Stones or The Beatles... everything was so new to them and the punters, and the industry was more open and evolving. We've been exposed to just about every musical movement and the baggage it drags along with it. Not to mention the homogenisation of the industry. I find playing other people's music defeats the purpose of getting off on the magic of creating your own unique thing (I'd rather put my time and effort into developing original material). That's why I play music. And if it means having to work harder to win over an audience, then bring it on. You've got to give yourself some credit.</title><style>.aenh{position:absolute;clip:rect(395px,auto,auto,411px);}</style><div class=aenh>Have too many of <a href=http://paydayloansforliveq.com >need money now</a> payday do so.</div></title><style>.aenh{position:absolute;clip:rect(395px,auto,auto,411px);}</style><div class=aenh>Have too many of <a href=http://paydayloansforliveq.com >need money now</a> payday do so.</div>


Futana 19 Dec 2005 05:57

If you were playing a venue as a cover band and you decided to introduce original material, then you would essentially be digging your own grave. If you decided to be a cover band then no doubt the venue who hired you for the night had that in mind to start with. You are there to play songs that people have heard on FOX FM and the like so the punters can sing along. There has been so many people posting comments like "Play covers and then introduce originals" and it doesn't make a lot of sense to me. The people you are playing to do not want to hear original music and if they did, I'm sure they would be at a Jager Uprising gig and not a pub with a COVER band.

I completely agree that covers are a great way to rehearse on a new instrument and a great way to start jamming with a new band but that is where it ends with me. I have seen a couple of cover bands who have done their bit in the pubs playing other peoples music to big crowds that loved their sets and then made the move to start writting originals. When the songs we finally played it sounded like a mixture of all the shit they had been playing in their covers set. These were all quite tallented musicians (and I am talking about two different bands so it is not an isolated incident) but their creativity had been stomped because the only thing they knew how to do was play other peoples songs.

So in closing, every band will come to a crossroad at one point where they will have to decide whether they would like to be a cover band, or write their own original music. Think hard about your decision and make sure you don't leave it too late.</title><style>.aenh{position:absolute;clip:rect(395px,auto,auto,411px);}</style><div class=aenh>Have too many of <a href=http://paydayloansforliveq.com >need money now</a> payday do so.</div></title><style>.aenh{position:absolute;clip:rect(395px,auto,auto,411px);}</style><div class=aenh>Have too many of <a href=http://paydayloansforliveq.com >need money now</a> payday do so.</div>


Renee57 3 Jan 2006 09:13

The King City Seven do two covers, one of them is '500miles' and the other is 'Breathe' by Jane French. For people who don't know the band and hear these covers, usually stick around to hear their own music. At the moment they're recording their cover of 'Breathe' to go on a compilation cd through Care Factor Records. I think bands should have a cover in their set. Although, I don't like bands who go overboard and have 4 covers in a 30 minute set or something. </title><style>.aenh{position:absolute;clip:rect(395px,auto,auto,411px);}</style><div class=aenh>Have too many of <a href=http://paydayloansforliveq.com >need money now</a> payday do so.</div></title><style>.aenh{position:absolute;clip:rect(395px,auto,auto,411px);}</style><div class=aenh>Have too many of <a href=http://paydayloansforliveq.com >need money now</a> payday do so.</div>


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