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Hell no, but I'm more creative!! 52 19.77%
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post #16 of 123 (permalink) Old 08-05-2003, 10:11 AM
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I don't drink, so I wouldn't know (and yes, I'm 19 now).

But I did try playing after being awake all night and all the next day and it was interesting. I managed to keep playing without screwing up even though I wasn't fully conscious (didn't fall over either, despite the fact that I was standing up ).
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post #17 of 123 (permalink) Old 08-05-2003, 10:39 AM
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Man I used to think that I'm a proper racing driver after a few pints or that I'm a monster guitar player.

The thing is while alcohol makes you think you can do things better, it actually reduces your ability a great deal.
Not that you didn't know that already.

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post #18 of 123 (permalink) Old 08-05-2003, 12:14 PM
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I cant play worth $#!% when Im drunk.......
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post #19 of 123 (permalink) Old 08-05-2003, 01:27 PM
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more creative NO not on booze.

maybe have a 'smoke' and things get a little bit creative
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post #20 of 123 (permalink) Old 08-05-2003, 03:23 PM Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by Dave Goodland
more creative NO not on booze.

maybe have a 'smoke' and things get a little bit creative
now you don't mean puffing the magic dragon do you?!
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post #21 of 123 (permalink) Old 08-05-2003, 11:16 PM
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I used to always drink beer while we practiced. And, I never really though that it affected me, until I started playing sober just to see what would happen. Now I'm disgusted if someone asks me to play something while I'm drunk, because I know that I'm at half capacity or less.

Last time I played live I didn't have one drop before going on stage.
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post #22 of 123 (permalink) Old 08-06-2003, 09:02 PM
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Couldn't tell ya, I don't drink(me 19). But I doubt it would sound great.
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post #23 of 123 (permalink) Old 08-06-2003, 11:12 PM
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No, the last time I tried (and it was a long time ago) there was a 2 second delay between my right and left hand...hmm...would that mean that only the left hand slows down? Or maybe my right hand plays faster...

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post #24 of 123 (permalink) Old 08-07-2003, 05:58 AM
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When we're writing in the practice room, after 2 beers you do lose your inhibitions and start saying what your heart/mind/fingers are thinking a wee bit more. However once you hit 3 beers, then 4, its downhill pretty fast I think.

If I'm out at someone's house, drunk, and somebody asks me to play I always refuse, occassionally I'll have a strum & a sing and then feel embarrased for days. Its one of my pet hates, people strumming & singing enthusiastically while drunk or worse, badly while sober!

I can't play a single note when drunk, only strum.

If we gig, I don't allow myself a drink until we're about to come off stage, blackcurrant & lemonade is the preferred tipple of most rock god guitarplayers anyway
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post #25 of 123 (permalink) Old 08-22-2003, 09:47 AM
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I dont need to drink to have a good time but i dont drink before im up at jam night simply cuz if i got tanked up on beer i know i'd need a leak when i was onstage or something.

Yeah playing drunk isnt good, thankfully ive only ever done it round at someone's house

But yeah i drink but i dont get drunk often its just nice to chug a cold one after a nice performance. dont believe in smokin da'erb either for creativeness im at top creativity when im high on guitar n nothin else really ....... ok, possibly pork scratchings
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post #26 of 123 (permalink) Old 10-10-2003, 02:39 PM
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haha, only 2 people voting hell of them being me

...then again, anyone that plays drunk thinks their good at everything...cause they cant tell
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post #27 of 123 (permalink) Old 10-10-2003, 02:43 PM
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An old adage goes: "Alcohol increases the desire but diminishes the ability."

Of course, that adage refers to sex, but i find it applies to other kinds of "performance" as well. I don't play better AT ALL when i've been drinking. However, i THINK i can play better, and my inhibitions are lowered so i generally put on a better show. But my playing gets even more sloppy after a couple of drinks.
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post #28 of 123 (permalink) Old 10-27-2003, 10:12 AM
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I agree with Darren : drinking just enables to forget inhibitions but playing gets bad between playing and drinking I would go for playing only
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post #29 of 123 (permalink) Old 11-18-2003, 12:04 PM
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Hell no indeed
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post #30 of 123 (permalink) Old 11-19-2003, 03:11 AM
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Hell no!
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