jeffm725 wrote:Are you talking actual gigs while tripping? OR just screwing around jamming while tripping?
2 very different things. The problem (for me at least) is that there is a level of professionalism that may or not be able to be maintained when doing it at gigs. Tripping by nature is an unknown quantity.You never know how it is going to hit you at a certain moment, so there always exists the possibility of being a little too out there to maintain whatever level of professionalism necessary in your individual scene.
As far as experimenting on your own, or in a private environment. Yeah, there can be interesting things obtained by the change in consciousness. It also can be a load of hooey, again depending on a lot of factors....
Strongly agree with all of this.
While I have never recorded while "enhanced", we do an annual gig/party (the past 10 years for me) where it's pretty much assumed there will be "enhancements"---the first time I played this party, we all did it---I'll never forget the way keyboard just woud not stop bending and undulating---damn thing just wouldn't stay still! The one guitar player, after 3 tunes just turned around and stared at me for about 5 minutes during Deal and then needed baby-sat (by my current guitar player) for the rest of the night. He had way too much, way too fast. Not good.
I was at a gig where the guitar player and bass player of another band each did a pinky print---somehow the guitar player excelled (or at least palyed well enough) while the bass player was nearly hospitalized after he got done running around and rolling on the ground and such thinking he was going to be murdered or something. It was a bit humorous for a while and then I became concerned for him...Another bass player stepped in to help out or they'da been done real early. Again, not good.
I have done it quite a few times in my first band but not ever (with the exceptions of this annual party) in the past 10 years I think. At this point, it's too much of a pain in the ass to deal with given that who wants to work so hard or stress so much to keep everything just right when the point is to have fun and NOT have to worry about chord changes and time, etc.
All that said, I do think that playing with just a wee bit of enhancement has it's place, but I wouldn't do it at a paying gig where it really mattered about how we played.
Like everything else, it is a learned "skill"---not for beginners. I guess YMMV.
let your life proceed by its own design....