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Double D

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Post So many tunes!
on: October 1, 2012, 02:35
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Aaargh! Twenty plus tunes for a one-off corporate gig! Oh yeah, and they're almost all instrumental pieces that I have to lead. And there's only one rehearsal. And the pianist probably won't make it to said rehearsal. And here I am wasting precious minutes ranting on an online forum (sorry, the online forum). Mercy me...

smgear

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on: October 1, 2012, 04:09
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been there. Just make sure that you can start each song with a strong chordal arrangement so that the other players can fall in behind you. If the pianist is any good, you should be able to throw it over to him by the second verse. But yeah, those gigs are frustrating to prepare for.

Double D

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Post Re: So many tunes!
on: October 1, 2012, 09:16
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Quote from smgear on October 1, 2012, 04:09
been there. Just make sure that you can start each song with a strong chordal arrangement so that the other players can fall in behind you. If the pianist is any good, you should be able to throw it over to him by the second verse. But yeah, those gigs are frustrating to prepare for.

EXCELLENT advice. Thankfully, the pianist is excellent. Usually I do these kind of things solo; so low you can barely hear it. 😉

smgear

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Post Re: So many tunes!
on: October 1, 2012, 16:12
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Quote from Double D on October 1, 2012, 09:16
Usually I do these kind of things solo; so low you can barely hear it. 😉

Exactly, one of the many reasons why I prefer to gig on violin. I can easily fade out and in at will (over the tough parts) and make it look like a dynamic effect. Much easier to do on violin than guitar (for me at least).

Double D

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Post Re: So many tunes!
on: October 3, 2012, 22:13
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To update: the gig went beautifully. I mean, we were largely ignore by the audience, but it was a convention gig and all the punters are their to schmooze, so you neither expect nor want their undivided attention. And I got to play everything from 'Telstar' to 'Song for My Father'. Good fun and pretty slick, too.

smgear

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Post Re: So many tunes!
on: October 4, 2012, 03:39
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Good to hear! Those are great tunes. Song for my father is such a fun tune to play because you can push/pull over that strident rhythm pattern and do some cool syncopation. Man I love Silver. It's not like he really gets overlooked, but I think many people pigeon holed him as hard bop and haven't listened to enough of his later recordings to fully appreciate his range. The Silver 'n ... albums were really creative and enjoyable.... kind of like orchestral grooves.

Double D

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Post Re: So many tunes!
on: October 4, 2012, 09:45
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Horace's final chord in 'Song for my Father' is so punk-rock! What a great ending! Have you ever heard George Benson's cover? Benson basically plays Joe Henderson's solo rote, which was a smart call! Yeah, Silver's a great composer and his groove playing was as deep as it was ground-breaking.

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