As I’ve always suspected, you were much better at making complete songs when you weren’t worried about what slider controls what device and is it going to fill up my 8gigs of ram.
You need to do more of that now. Those were good.
Before that I played the guitar at a very basic level, just to support my voice with a repertoire that included The Beatles, some R&B tune, Italian singers & bands of the sixties/seventies, and goliardic songs, and all that was just for fun: mine and of my friends
Here is another common situation with my duo with my friend Franco on the bass and me on guitar and voice
I had a large rumpus room able to accomodate for about 40 people so I organized musical parties on a weekly basis for joy of the neighbourhood
Eclectic fashion choices, but you all look as though you can do the business … Playing with other people can be hard, but it certainly improves all round skills. The key person missing in the first pic is the drummer … I was useless at timing without one (is he/she hidden somewhere ?)
My era was a little before that I played in a band (or as it was called then, a ‘group’) from 1961 to late 1963, mainly covers, and pre-Beatles, but at the height of the Spector period.
I had the same experience re payment, looking an idiot (we were at one time called The Senators, and played in togas, until the risk of being beaten up became too great), and groupies. The only girl I ever pulled was nice, but she had crutches from a motorbike accident and nobody else wanted to take her home. It also ruled out any real adventure in the back seat of the car. She dumped me as soon as the leg healed, setting the tone for all subsequent romantic episodes.
We used Linear Concord amps (x4) Linear Conchord 30w Amplifier
which had 2 x EL34 for the output stage, the exact same valves as many Marshall amps today - 60 year later (!) / Home made speaker cabs with Celestion Greenbacks, also still going today. Amazing,.
I always used a handmade (printed circuit, power unit, box, foam, and speakers included) amp built-up for a few dozens of Italian Lire, and I made with my hands tremolo, wah-wah and distortion pedals as well
I loved electronics that time and used a lot the projects of this magazine
My last assembly was a Geiger counter (at the time of Fukushima disaster) that I still have and still works