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Posted by Carol Kaye on July 10, 2000 at 13:25:35:

In Reply to: keyboard player problems posted by greg on July 10, 2000 at 08:52:44:

: O.k., here is a new one on me. I am playing in a trio (bass, keys, and drumz),
: where the keyboard is actually quite good, has pro playing and touring experience
: but knows next to nothing about harmony, chord progressions (other than the blues)
: and can't read music. This wouldnt be a problem if it was just rock, but they
: want to play jazz, and what they are currently doing is some real cheesy light
: "smooth jazz" for a dinner crowd, and than for stuff that swings, they put on
: say a coltrane cd and start playing to that and than fade it out, so we all
: just end up jamming in one key, ignoring the melody and chord progressions.

: This is the first time I have seen a keyboard player who can actually play
: fairly well but is musically illiterate, and unfortunatley isn't really
: interested in playing cool jazz standards from a chart. Does anyone have any
: suggestions on how I can get this guy to some real jazz stuff? It is a fun gig
: and pays well, but is not very challenging musically to me. I am trying my
: hardest, but not having any luck, any help would be appreciated.
If the piano player can't hear that he needs help if he wants to do "jazz" gigs, then you're in a real loser-situation. Most rockers, blues players go on to learn theory and to play better if there is motivation either with work or just wanting to better their musicianship by going on to other styles of music. And it's not as hard as they think. Record the gig, and play his playing back for him to listen to, if he doesn't get the hint, well......get another piano player who can cut it.

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