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Sitting In It, Low Blow, Always a Bridesmaid

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Sitting In It Dear Mr. P.C.:

Is there an “etiquette" as when to accept and when to decline joining a band on stage when invited?

--Getting Uneasy Each Sit-in Time

Dear GUEST:

First, the obvious: If you're better than the band, sitting in makes them look bad but ...

On the Download; Presto, the Audience Disappears!; Showboaters Get the Clap

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On the DownloadDear Mr. P.C.:

Now that everybody just downloads or streams music and you can't sell many CDs anymore, a lot of my fellow musicians are just giving them away. It's gotten to the point where I'm hesitant to ask if someone wants my disc even for free, because they'd probably rather listen ...

Rushing Collusion, Bits and P.C.s, Ave Maracas

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Dear Mr. P.C.:

We all know that as people get older, they slow down. That make me wonder: Do musicians who rush eventually settle into good time?

--Good Time Charlie

Dear Charlie:

Only briefly. A better question is: Exactly when, in their downward spiral, will their time be ...

Best of Mr. P.C. 2017

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Dear Mr. P.C.:

This whole “jazz musicians play thousands of chords to three people" vs. “rock musicians play three chords for thousands" thing: What is the correct chord/audience ratio?

Perhaps zero chords for an infinite audience is the ideal; or all chords for no audience. I certainly have landed closer to the ...

Practice Makes Imperfect, The Pursuit of Nothingness, Challenging the Originalists

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Dear Mr. P.C.:

What I don't get is rehearsals. When you rehearse before a gig, you have no idea what will actually go wrong. If people were to rehearse after their gigs, they'd know exactly what to work on. What am I missing?

--Practice Isn't Making Perfect

Dear PIMP: ...

Bits and PCs, The Cosmic Loop, Fake Gigs

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Dear Mr. P.C.:

Is it ever ok for a horn player to scat? If so, what are the proper syllables for upbeats?

--Zee-bop

Dear Zee-bop:

The correct syllable for an upbeat is “and." Besides alerting the band to where you might be rhythmically, it lets the listeners know ...

Booze in the Night, CD or Not CD?, and Malodorous Microphone

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Dear Mr. P.C.:

What are you supposed to do with loud drunks? The kind that love to scream at each other when you're in the middle of a tender ballad.

--Songus Interruptus

Dear Songus:

Here's my question for you: Which is a more authentic expression of human emotions ...

Solving the Audience Equation, The Fix is On, and It's a Setup!

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Dear Mr. P.C.:

This whole “jazz musicians play thousands of chords to three people" vs. “rock musicians play three chords for thousands" thing: What is the correct chord/audience ratio?

Perhaps zero chords for an infinite audience is the ideal; or all chords for no audience. I certainly have landed closer to the ...

Best of Mr. P.C. 2016

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Dear Mr. P.C.:

I'm just an audience member, but I have a question on behalf of a lot of us listeners:

If I make a request and the band plays it, do I have to listen to the whole thing? After they play the melody and then go into all the other ...

Easy Swing, Fours and More, Medicinal Jazz

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Dear Mr. P.C.:

I just played a gig, and one of the charts said the feel should be “Easy Swing." What does that mean? The bassist thinks he was supposed to play in two, but I think it would have said “In Two" if that was the case. I think he was supposed to ...