OneEng wrote:Sam Spoons wrote:I suppose one of the better reasons for putting up with a too loud guitarist is 'cos he owns the club' :)
That is the best one I have ever heard ;)
Personally, there are quite a few clubs ...... and most of them don't tolerate offending their audience with "ice pick in the ear" guitar volume. I might start looking for another club.
Don't think it hasn't occurred to me, but for all the other reasons I gave, this is a pretty good one and worth sticking with. Also, in the massive metropolis that Oxford isn't... there isn't another one. We're resigned to sabotaging the guitar volume wherever possible, sort of damage limitation.
The guy has a phenomenal denial mechanism - you say "the guitar's drowning out the guest (the one the audience have actually paid to come and hear) - every single time he says "really???? NO!?!?!? - turns down a nano-fraction of a micro dB as a magnanimous compromise, then later re-cranks up, usually within a couple of minutes. I think he actually believes that being louder than everything else is a good balance, even when he's comping.
Once I stopped playing but continued miming. It took about three times round a blues before he noticed.
His wife occasionally comes to the gig, I once asked her what she thought the balance was like - "it's perfect! Isn't he wonderful!!!" - fluttery eyelashes, googly-eyed adulation for her fella. Guitar the size of a mountain, the rest of the band sounding like the flea circus seemed to her to be a perfect balance.
You have to weigh up the pros and cons... then work on the cons bit by bit. It has improved over the years - by the time we're all about 150 the guy will have mellowed out! I don't know if I'm an idiot or just an easy-going human being but he's still a very good friend despite that. :crazy: