Post Number: 119
|Posted on Wednesday, October 11, 2006 - 9:42 am: |
I was volunteered to pay Bass in a stage produciton of Bye Bye Birdie, and the first rehearsal was last night.
I have NO experience playing show tunes, and even after listening to them zat least 7 times I was having a problem charting out becuase there is no bass tone present in the "reference" recordings I was given. BTW the tunes are Put on a Happy Face, One Boy, Got a Lot of Living to Do, and Kids (which I kinda knew becuase it was parodied by the Simpsons).
I used my Status/Washburn 1000 headless bass. Ran this into the F1-X, and that into a JBL EON 15PAK powered speaker.
Boy, I have NEVER heard that bass sound so good! I love the F1-X so much. I was able to dial in a nic erange of tones, and it also allowed greater than notmal use of the Bass Tone, Pan, and Volume controls (Active pickups, maybe 18v I forget).
Here is a pic of my little rig. It really filled the auditorium though. I LOVED doing low note volume swells becuase of all the natural room reverb.
Post Number: 77
|Posted on Wednesday, October 18, 2006 - 7:42 am: |
Try getting the midi files of the internet.stuff like that is nearly all there.
I get all my jazz stuff from midi files, use Cakewalk/Sibelius/Cubase to print the manuscript sheets
Post Number: 124
|Posted on Wednesday, October 18, 2006 - 8:28 am: |
Well, the gig is over. They even threw another song in there, The Telephone Hour which AGAIN, I had never heard before.
My drummer dropped out, so it was just me and a couple of strangers playing.
Thanks for the helpful hint on the MIDI files!
It all seemed to go well! The stage musical version of those songs is way different than the recordings I had. Probobly lucky that I didn't hear them much first, or I would have been really confused.
What was really cool is the Music Director walked up to me, and handed me a little green piece of paper (no, it's not "that" LOL). When I went home and looked at it, it was a check for $150 :D
The performance must have been ok for them I decided, after looking at the check. It still wasn't where I wanted it to be though. But, it was quite an experience, and doing what I love the most...improvising and making it up on the fly.
Post Number: 1730
|Posted on Wednesday, October 18, 2006 - 11:30 am: |
When I was growing up, the music usually played by my parents consisted of classical, Folk music, and Broadway show tunes. When we were driving my mom crazy on a Saturday or Sunday, my dad would often throw my older brothers and me into the car, drive downtown, and we'd go to a Broadway matinee. There are some great songs in the genre. Bye-bye Birdie, (loosely based on the Elvis phenomena), is a great show. In 7th grade we had to do a book report on Shakespeare's Julius Caesar. At the time I was a big Mad Magazine fan. They used to do "musicials" where the lyrics were printed with an asterisk proclaiming "sung to the tune of ..." For my "book report" I wrote several songs for a musicial version of Julius Caesar sung to the tune of songs from Bye-bye Birdie. I still remember "One Last Stab", to be sung to the tune of "One Last Kiss" during the murder of Caesar:
Oh one last slice,
yes Brutus, one last slice.
It really would be nice,
if you gave the last slice,
He might say dsomething cute,
like "et tu Brute"
If you gave the last slice.
(Do I hear a few moans out there?)
Post Number: 747
|Posted on Thursday, October 19, 2006 - 5:11 pm: |
I'm still doing parody songs like that. Our local Kiwanis club does an annual comedy show (60 years and counting) skewering local events and characters. I love writing songs and skits for it. I just finished one for this year's play. I like writing Weird Al kind of songs better than real songs.
Hey, worldfamousAndy, if you read this. Are the Jackson Hole Kiwanis still doing a show? I heard that one of our members moved there years ago and they started doing a show.
Edit: Okay, before someone beats me up for my bad choice of words, I'm not at all dissing Weird Al's songs. I just meant that I wish I could also write songs that weren't comedy.
(Message edited by richbass939 on October 19, 2006)
Post Number: 481
|Posted on Wednesday, November 08, 2006 - 8:47 am: |
Wow, Rich. Do you really think folks are gonna howl because you handed it to Weird Al?
Post Number: 753
|Posted on Saturday, November 11, 2006 - 1:58 pm: |
David, I wasn't sure so I thought I would cover myself up front. I've seen what happens when someone starts a diss-ertation that touches too close to someone's home.
Personally, I think Weird Al is brilliant. As far as I know, Al invented the parody genre. Lately I've been on a parody-writing spurt. I love it when that happens.
Post Number: 486
|Posted on Sunday, November 12, 2006 - 7:22 am: |
I was just kinda funning too. Yeah, I know, I try to cover myself sometimes to the point I wind up not really saying anything (or not what I want to, anyway.) But that is what I like about this site. It really is respectful, but it does have some kick. I think weird Al is pretty cool, too. The parody stuff is sure funny when done well. Have a great week, Rich!