Monthly Archives: June 2010

Benefit Gig, 2nd Year

I’m pretty psyched about playing the benefit gig again for a local volunteer firehouse.  We have about a month to put the set together (just like last year).  Some of the songs from last year are going to make it into this year’s list.  Some we’re replacing.  So we have about 6 new tunes to learn.  Not bad….


Again, J&H sounds great.  I don’t have my Mesa Boogie MkIIb anymore.  I’ll be playing through a little Fender Pro Jr.  I’ve been using this for jams.  And I also used this at the recital.

I’ve been getting some positive comments on it which helps.  Over the years, I’ve been so used to having a “big” amp (60W, 100W, etc.).  Now I don’t have one and am depending on this little guy and just keeping my fingers crossed that it sounds okay.

Actually, I love this little guy.  In fact, it makes me wonder what I’ve been lugging a heavy amp around for all those years!  Well… this little guy only has a 10′ cone so it doesn’t get very deep.  But it does alright and I love the responsiveness.  I’m not sure if the Mesa Boogie preamp tubes have anything to do with it.

In any case, it’s going to be a great time!  I’m going to use the wireless this time and I’ll be able to move around the stage more.  Instead of using the piezo out of the Brian Moore, I’m going to try using a A/B switch going into a Boss Acoustic Simulator.  It sounds okay.  Totally worth it for the freedom!

It’s June… must be time for recitals!

Okay… I meant to post about this a few weeks ago but I’ve been too busy.  Now that I have a moment to breathe, I don’t want to forget about this one…

A new friend on mine asked me to help out with a recital for her (piano) students.  At first I think I signed up for 3 songs.  I think I wound up playing 17 (18?) at the end.  It was really way too much fun… I kept asking for more songs.  🙂

This was the first time I’ve ever done anything like this.  The songs are mostly pop/rock stuff.  They weren’t very hard to play… maybe except for the Queen tunes which I made sure I learned note for note (and I’m so glad to have had a reason to learn these… was always too lazy to actually sit down to go over these Brian May solos… anyway…. )

Most of the students are very young.  5th and 6th graders.  Some were even younger.  I was so impressed with them!  They all work so hard.  One group of kids have their own band (Emeralds of July, http://emeraldsofjuly.com) — very talented!  I wish I had that much skill and confidence at their age!
The recital was last weekend and I thought it went fairly smoothly.  Usually I would list the songs but truthfully, I can’t remember!  It was like a blur.  First time I had to depend on charts.  Hats off to my friend Lisa (the teacher) for coordinating everything!

I was saying… it was my first time performing in this type of setting and I’m really glad to have had the experience.  I’ve always played in bands and whether I was a “member” or a “hired gun”, I was always part of the “front-line”.  I never played guitar in a “staged show” as a musician backing up dancers, etc.

Tomorrow, I’ll be attending my niece’s recital.  (No, I’m not playing)  She’ll be performing in one of the world’s most famous concert halls!  Wow, what a thrill!
All this is reminding me that I should continue the lessons I was posting… so… maybe I’ll get back to that in the near future…