We have made a demo for getting gigs. It was a simple affair, just a series of mostly first takes of tunes we play regularly. The guitar and bass are direct and the drums are electronic.
I would like to have more time to practice, but I am still getting better from Jimmy’s guidance.
Wednesday, May 13, Eric H. and I played for the Lynchburg Parks and Recreation’s 50+ group. We played a 30 minute set of jazz in the pavilion at Jefferson Park. We had not yet been to Jefferson Park and found it to be a very nice park with a recreation center. Our audience seemed to appreciate our playing and the provided lunch was wonderful.
I had never played an outdoor acoustic gig before the Jefferson Park affair. I had a really difficult time hearing my guitar. I could hear Eric just fine. I forgot to ask if his perspective was the opposite of mine; could he hear me more than himself?
My family and I went to Richmond this weekend per Celeste’s request to go there for her birthday. While there, we saw a few musicians playing on the sidewalk. One had his case open the way he was supposed to if he expects any tips, but was not playing. The others were playing but had no tip jar or open case. The thought occured to me that Eric and I could rub enough brain cells together to play and have a tip receipt area in the same instance.
Any suggestions for our first busking site?
Simple enough question, isn’t it?Well, yes and no.
Everyone likes music of some sort.What is interesting to me though is some of the strong feelings of what music is and what it is not.I am not addressing the Rock vs. Rap deal that has been going on for ages.Google ‘Noel Gallagher Jay Z’ and see a recent example of what is happening.
Well, OK, maybe I should address the Rock vs. Rap deal.Music: Melody, Harmony & Rhythm.This is how I define music to students.Simple and accurate; Wikipedia has a nice page about it too.
(For the spelin’ empayrd; plz note the spelling of RHYTHM.It governs the universe. Thank you.)
Old folks have been asking about the Melody in Rock since it started.This is because early rock singers were not really singers at all.Rather, they were guitar players.I think what has been going on with the Rock vs. Rap deal is essentially the same issue.
(By the way, the water-on-drums trick was done decades ago.)
Anyway, the point is that we all have different views of music.It has been said that there are two kinds of music: good and bad.This has been attributed to Duke Ellington.I don’t know I wasn’t there, but my thought is similar and goes like this: There is well-played music and poorly-played music.I like the well-played kind.
I woke up a bit ago to start writing this article and I had AC/DC playing in my head.Actually, I got up to blow my nose; it is allergy season, but I thought that sounded far less cool.Incidentally, it wasn’t any particular tune I was hearing in my head, but rather a ‘jam’ that sounded just like Angus Young.Then, of course, specific AC/DC tunes popped in my head.
Even though I do not listen to AC/DC very much anymore, I still like them.I have liked many different styles of music.I even went through a period of listening to rap starting with the Fat Boys (I used to ‘Beat Box’) and the Beastie Boys continuing on until I won’t tell you when.
OK.L.L. Cool J is Here.1991 (When)
I think that it is very important that we open our minds to at least trying different sounds.As mentioned earlier, there is well-played and poorly-played music.Maybe the first group you hear from a particular style is not very good.There are many different shades to sounds and music styles as there are colors.As an acquaintance of mine has said: ‘If we all were sent out to get a red shirt, almost each one of us would return with a different shade, and we would all still consider the lot of them to be red.’
So as an experiment for yourself, pick a style of music that you do not believe you like, and do some research of different groups or personalities of that style.Then, go about listening to some of them.I have found YouTube to be a great source of discovery and reminiscence.Keep in mind that some styles cover decades.You may find that a particular decade is better than others.
As an example, I like country music from the 1970’s and some early 1980’s.I do not like the sappy 1960’s nor do I like the cookie-cutter 1990’s to present.I also like Western Swing, sometimes called Hillbilly Jazz.
Let’s see; my list so far is: AC/DC, Rap, Country, Western Swing, and as many of you know, Jazz of all sorts.Is your musical net wide or narrow?As an aspiring musician, what should it be?