Taking a cue from Ken's:
in this forum, how about using this discussion for doing a little preliminary work in forming ensembles?
I come as a man without a band, who doesn't really play anything, and who needs accompaniment. Tom was very gracious to help me out in Cuchara with his guitar for a few tunes, and perhaps we can do something like that again.
My ideal situation would be a trio of piano, upright bass and drums. Any jazz musicians coming?
That said, I would also certainly defer to others who are coming to their first conference and wish to perform.
Let me know if I am way off on this.
I'm trying to convice forum member "big al" to come. He's an accomplished jazz musician(guitar). If he shows up, maybe he can provide accompaniment.
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I won't have my acoustic upright, but I'm bringing my EUB! I'd be glad to help you Nathan, if I can. We'll have to see whenever I get there. I've been recently playing some "Bye, Bye Blues" and "Sunny Side of the Street" type of stuff with a different group this past Winter, trying to "stretch" myself alittle beyond the folk and bluegrass realm. I'm still not real comfortable yet and use chord charts for most songs. Do you have a list of some songs you might want to sing? Can you post it with keys?
Even if I can't accompany you, I'd gladly offer to let anyone else at the conference play my EUB. I'm sure there will be a huge talent pool of musicians to choose from that can accompany you in style!
Good thoughts, and I appreciate it.
I've got several charts right here as we speak! I just got them from Terry (my pianist) on Thursday.
I will be bringing my Bass Guitar,(as a seasoned musician, in a previous life with Local 97, we covered dance band, fake books, 6 to 24 players in the Pendelton Room etc, etc), and can follow most any styles and charts. I personally cover a lot of variety and although I always prefer live players, I also have at least 3000 plus tracks on my Laptop, that can at least get folks into the correct feel of the song.
I wish Billie, our female duo partner could make it, with our variety and harmonies, we could join up for some excellent music together.
Anyway, I am looking forward to meeting everyone, it appears to be quite an interesting and talented group.
I am on the wiki as available and willing to pitch in where needed.
Nathan, I'm not at this moment planning on attending, but if that should change, I'd be delighted to accompany you.
Oh my, Alan, the delight would be mine, to be sure! Here's hoping...!
Joel, and all. Thanks so much.
I didn't really mean for this thread to be about ME. I am so pleased with your responses, though!
I hoped that others could talk about what they might like to put together, too; see who's available for what, if you found yourself in a similar situation to mine, where you'd like to perform, but have no means with which to produce live instrumentation, or your whole band can't come, etc.
So, others should feel free to work together on something here, too, if they wish, or have need (then again, maybe nobody else needs anything).
Keep 'em comin'!
Oh boy, just a short month out...
Well, I'll be there.
I'm no Alan Steinberger, but I can muddle my way through most anything on a keyboard without too much embarrassment -- especially if you have music or charts (or chords on a napkin).
Cool, Dan. Glad you're going. This will make up for not being able to get together when we came to Philly in August.
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Thanks for your support, Big K.
Guys and...no I guess there are just guys here in this thread. Hey, thanks again to you all for offering up your help. I'm not yet real sure on how this will end up, personnel-wise, but in the mean time, here are the tunes I am considering:
Almost Like Being in Love - up tempo - Af
Bye Bye Blackbird - medium - F
I'll Never Smile Again - slow - Ef
It's Only a Paper Moon - medium - Ef
When you're Smilin' - up - Af
If you have charts, all I ought to need is a brief run-through to learn how to follow you ...
I can do any of these. I assume the "f" (Af) is flat, right?
Oh, & I have charts for any of these if you need them.
Tom, that's great, thanks. I do have charts right here under my elbow, actually. Yes, the "f" is my textual representation of "flat".
If Starvin007 ends up coming, I will add drums to the mix, and ask for a later slot one of the nights. At last check it was highly unlikely, though, so I'll probably go with an earlier time. Too late, and I'm spent, anyway. I'll have to use my afternoon "free time" for napping, if given the opportunity!
So, instrumentation, as I am thinking right now, is EUB, guitar and piano.
Will be in touch.
I know more information re: personnel, but can we leave this a bit loose? I would like to partner with Tom on guitar. Given our Cuchara "history", there is at least some level of comfort there. Can we four - Tom, Dan, John and Me - get together Saturday and see how it goes?
Thank you all for your patience and consideration.
Sat. evening will be fine to give it a whirl, I think... I'm hesitate (or should I say, tentative) about the song list and those flat-keys (I prefer the majors from a fingering/noting standpoint), but I'm willing to give it a try! If it doesn't work for me, I'm sure there will be some excellent bass players in attendance that can pick up the ball and run with it! You'll be stretchin' this 'ole Bluegrass boy! See you in about 8 days!
I know what you mean about the flat keys. It's hard to put a capo on a stand up bass.
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