Playing time at the Hankies

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Playing time at the Hankies

Postby alanbakewell » Sun Jun 20, 2010 11:54 am

There appears to have been some confusion of late on the rules governing
playing time at the Hankies.
These rules are simple. However I will reiterate them for everyone's benefit.

The Hankies normally use backing tracks. How many tunes each person will
play is usually decided when the number of players is assessed.

Players will usually have the opportunity to play three tunes and then hand over to the next player.
If it's a busy night this might be two tunes. the system is designed to give everyone a chance to play.
When everyone has played their two or three tunes the whole thing starts again. this time it may only be one tune.
The whole principle is that everyone gets another chance to play.

There appears to be a need to define playing time.

Playing time is the time you spend with a guitar in your hands playing a tune.
Playing to a backing track this is very straightforward. Three tracks, three tunes
hand over to the next player.

Some confusion appears to arise when two or three people wish to play
together not using a backing track.
I.E. one plays lead, one plays rhythm, one plays bass.

Let me clarify this. whether one plays lead, rhythm bass or vuvuzela, one
is using a turn playing.
So, if Billy-Jo plays lead with Bo-Luke on rhythm and Jimmy-Jingle on bass
for three tunes, those three people have used their playing time.

They do not swap over and play another set whilst the rest sit like lemons
watching and waiting to play.

I can't make it much clearer than this. I hope everyone understands.

Some of the old faces that helped to build our club have been conspicuous
by their absence in recent times.
There'll always be shift working, holidays, illness and many other reasons
for not attending.

I don't want the above to be a reason for anyone not to attend.
Particularly the members who stuck with us in the early days when we were first starting the club.

Cheers, Alan.
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Re: Playing time at the Hankies

Postby dave robinson » Mon Jul 09, 2012 4:03 pm

So, a couple of years down the line, is the Hankies still a 'goat free' zone . . . . . . . . :lol:
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Re: Playing time at the Hankies

Postby alanbakewell » Mon Jul 09, 2012 4:39 pm

dave robinson wrote:So, a couple of years down the line, is the Hankies still a 'goat free' zone . . . . . . . . :lol:


'Twould appear to be so Dave.
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