Fun Facts

Sam's F.A.Q.

10 Handy Tips





    Sunday, September 24th, 2017 9:50 AM


    CoolPut the repeat marks on this one, it's just like yesterday. A nice gig yesterday at The Sandbar. Saw a few folks I hadn't seen in ages, had a good time playing with the keyboardist and drummer.
      Keyboard players seem to have a hell of a time with all their plug-ins. This was going on before and during our show. The drummer, who is apparently also a keyboardist himself, was assisting. One of the sounds on Dave's synth is a vocal patch, sampled voices. Very effective on some of the stuff, although I might use it a bit more sparingly.
      He had it patched through to one of his mics, and speaking through it gave him several pitches at once, which sounded very "space alien"-like. It gave me a chuckle, but I think the drummer had heard too much of it. He was not especially amused.
      I'd never been to the Sandbar before. A nice friendly place- a 'neighborhood' bar where everybody knows everybody.
      I decided on that gig that I really don't want to do the crowd-pleasers anymore. Proud Mary, Margaritaville, Hey Bartender, can't think of another tune I detest(or at least has become contemptuous-by-familiarity) but I'm sure there's at least one more..
      That was the only downside to yesterday's gig. I try to be as positive as I can on gigs, so I never said anything, just played the tunes and kept my thoughts to myself.I like the people I was playing with, and liked most of the material, so..

      I'm very satisfied with my current guitar setup: Gretsch semi-hollowbody guitar and Boss Kitana amp. Between the two, I get a nice tone for jazz. Seems like half the battle is just getting a sound you like..
      And all the rest is the business of learning how to play. I can say, after being a guitar player for the last 51 years(!), that it never ends! I'm still working on better technique, better time, better lines. And I hope to always be working to improve.
      Well so much for my Sunday soapbox. Thanks for checking in, whoever-reads-this. Happy Sunday to you! More later.
    << Previous page Next page >>