Once more, with feeling...


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I’m retired and living in Mexico, having fun, exploring new things, catching up on long-dormant hobbies. Large expat community here. Lots of bands with mixtures of local and expat musicians. The main genre for years has been 50’s-60’s rock-and-roll. Elvis, Orbison, etc. Very, very white, and a bit before my time. Nothing, and I mean *nothing* I ever listened to in high school gets played here, except for the occasional Skynyrd tune, at least until recently. And then Thomas came to town.

So now he’s got a few guys he gigs with regularly. 70’s soul/funk mostly. HIS gigs I go out of my way to see. We start talking and I try helping out with some sound issues now and then. And somehow my past music experience comes up, and he finds out I was thinking about getting a keyboard again and boom. He wants me. I try explaining that all of my experience was with school band, mainly percussion, but that I also had piano lessons along the way. Brief stints w/ a school jazz band. Lots of individual jamming to chords. Five years as praise and worship leader for a small-ish church. Another brief stint as keys for a Stevie Ray cover band. I explain that I’m really a hack. I pound out chords, but I suck at improv. I tell him not to even think about throwing solos my way.

Somehow this does not discourage him. He seems to think this is exactly what he wants to add to a band. And until we get some actual brass players I have to play those parts too. So here I am, with a new midi controller and an iPad, working on the set lists, scrambling for sound patches and chord charts. So hi! I’ll be posting some specific questions shortly...
 

happyrat1

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Welcome aboard Don. The gig sounds like a hoot. Here's hoping it goes well for ya.

Gary ;)
 
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Welcome.

Being retired and playing keyboards are two grea activities.

Get out there and play (hack) along, enjoy it.

Look up a few Blues scales, they are great to use to improv with even in a non Blues style.
 
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Thanks!

FYI, my user name is basically ‘Mr. White’ in Spanish. I should probably fill out my profile lol
 

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Yeah I figured out the Blanco part when I saw it and resisted the urge to ask how your brother Walter was doing with the meth lab :D :D :D

Gary ;)
 

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Looking forward to your progress reports here Mr. White.

Welcome aboard.

Ray
 

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