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It's funny to me how back when I was 20, you were in ONE band and if you even jammed with another group it was like cheating on your girlfriend. Now, no one cares. Over the weekend I did a favour for a friend and then by Monday I'm apparently joining the group lol. Now I'm in four active and semi-active bands.
 
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wow.
never been in more than 2, and that was pretty short term.

at my age and with my taste in music I'd be lucky to find one steady one lol
 
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it was like cheating on your girlfriend. Now, no one cares
either way ;)

even beyond different bands sometimes people have different projects going with the same participants but a different sound or musical direction. i've never done that. i imagine a weird 'who are we right now' conversation as you shift from one project to another at practice

three groups at once including solo stuff is about as much as i can keep organized in my head before stuff starts to overlap in unhelpful ways

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I am in one band that was on hiatus for a number of years but had just started rehearsing again, with an updated vision, when Covid hit. I also play in the band at my church about once a month. I play bass in the gig band and 90% bass in the church band.

My plan is to start a band that I will front (and play guitar!) once Covid subsides - up until now I really haven't had time, but this September the nest will be empty, so I plan to fill in the extra time before it fills itself in.

I do play a lot of solo gigs - both instrumental and singing.
 

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either way ;)

even beyond different bands sometimes people have different projects going with the same participants but a different sound or musical direction. i've never done that. i imagine a weird 'who are we right now' conversation as you shift from one project to another at practice

three groups at once including solo stuff is about as much as i can keep organized in my head before stuff starts to overlap in unhelpful ways

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This is true. Two of the three I'm involved in are just different combinations of people from the one main band - each with one additional external person in the mix.
 

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Just one now although we play as a duo too. We're starting a full band soon. I also play with someone occasionally, we're playing in Brockville on Sept 5. The other band I had before the pandemic, I've decided to disband as I am not keen on managing 2 bands.
 

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Prior to Covid I was in 2 bands and 2 acoustic acts with over 100 bookings a year. Now I'm happy to have the one band starting up again and may do the occasional 2-piece acoustic with the bass player. Getting older and tired-er and truth be told I enjoyed the time off when I wasn't gigging this past year.
 

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One duo with a fiddle player. We play lots of swing, celtic, folk, whatever, not vocals. That’s all right now.

Outside of Covid times, I played as a musical mercenary for hire with several singers, but I’m not likely to pursue that in the future. Years ago I generally had two fairly regular gigging rock/blues/singer-songwriter bands and two or more occasional groups at a time. Lots of one-off gigs. Health, age, and other considerations have hardened my attitude about gigging.
 

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I've been in a few, and a couple really good ones. Now I just jam with people.
 

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i am in .5 bands. it might be an entire band, but because rehearsal space is completely non-existent here, it's half a band, so far. even if i didn't have to work for a living and had lots of time on my hands, i can't see being in more than one band at a time. there are just too many other things i want to ear mark energy and effort to.
 

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I’m no longer gigging but when I was, it was always one band at a time for me.
I did some recording with others, but one band always kept me as busy as I wanted to be.
 

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2 over here. One of which only jams once a month typically due to one member living 2 hours from the rest of us. So I joined a local band as a bass player to fill the void and scratch the itch. Any more band time and my family would likely fall apart
 

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It's funny to me how back when I was 20, you were in ONE band and if you even jammed with another group it was like cheating on your girlfriend. Now, no one cares. Over the weekend I did a favour for a friend and then by Monday I'm apparently joining the group lol. Now I'm in four active and semi-active bands.
I'm in one now but wouldn't mind being in a second one.
 

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Just one now although we play as a duo too. We're starting a full band soon. I also play with someone occasionally, we're playing in Brockville on Sept 5. The other band I had before the pandemic, I've decided to disband as I am not keen on managing 2 bands.
Hey, I'll be in Brockville by then. Stop by.
 
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