So I've ended up in a band. As a guitarist, to be a little more precise. A couple weeks back I was asked if I wanted to go along to a local band's practise and mess about on my guitar since their usual guitarist was ill. I thought this was going to be a one off thing but I was then asked if I would play an upcoming gig with them in December. Now I'm told that their guitarist isn't in the best of health and is unlikely to be returning, so I've been asked if I'll stay on as their lead guitarist.
I'm not a good guitarist. In fact, until maybe a day or two before being asked to go to their practise session, I hadn't played my guitar in a long time. I've never really had any guitar lessons, aside from the occasional one back when I was in high school. I learnt guitar by trial and error. I'd put on one of the albums I listen to a lot and just try to work out how to play the songs by ear. I eventually learned how to play most of this album. I wouldn't say I'm an awful guitarist, but I never really considered myself good enough to be performing in front of people. Time for me to become a better guitarist I guess.
These guys are a sort of blues rock cover band but they seem to do a bit of everything. Although now that I'm stepping in as their new guitarist I think they plan on changing their set-list so that it better suits me. From what I gathered there's going to be more of a punk influence now, seeing as that's primarily what I play. It'd still be cool to do some other stuff too. I learnt a few songs between the first and second practise session. Songs like Dakota by Stereophonics, Teenage Kicks by The Undertones and a couple others.
Hopefully I'm able to stick with this. I've seen plenty local bands play over the years so it'd be interesting to be in a and rather than watching one for a change.