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#2827964 - 01/13/17 02:49 PM Matt Rollings' New Site
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Here's something new, and very cool: Pianist / Keyboardist Matt Rollings has completely revamped his website. It now has a section called 'AskMattRollings', in which Matt offers insights and answers questions regarding playing, producing, and writing. Membership is free, it simply requires registration - which can be done directly from his website: www.mattrollings.com.

More than a few of us here have been inspired and influenced by Matt's work. And this looks like a great way to gain insight into his creative process. Since the mid 1990's I've lifted quite a few ideas from his playing bag o' tricks, and there remains quite a bit about which I'm still curious. The site is definitely worth checking out. And a big thanks to Matt for his generosity !
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#2827990 - 01/13/17 04:18 PM Re: Matt Rollings' New Site [Re: allan_evett]
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Great new site for Matt. Plenty of playing and the new feature "Ask Matt Rollings" will no doubt become a valuable resource for all of us. Be sure and check out the vid of Willy Nelson doing "Someone to Watch Over Me". Matt's playing is as always ultra tasty. cool


Edited by Steve Nathan (01/13/17 04:18 PM)
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#2828004 - 01/13/17 05:33 PM Re: Matt Rollings' New Site [Re: Steve Nathan]
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sounds great. just signed up. thu
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#2828016 - 01/13/17 07:05 PM Re: Matt Rollings' New Site [Re: davedoerfler]
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Thanks Allan. I just signed up and have been a fan for years.
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#2828336 - 01/15/17 04:25 PM Re: Matt Rollings' New Site [Re: allan_evett]
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I strongly recommend everyone check out the 2nd vid in the "Ask Matt Rollings" section. It's worth the time it takes to register.
In it, he offers what inho may be the best advice a musician will ever get. It's the reason why I love this guy, and love playing with him. Sure, he can play rings around me, out "chop" me all day long. Lot's of players can. But it's this one skill that I believe contributes more to his success than any other. It also happens to be what I think has made me the success that I have been as well.
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#2828370 - 01/15/17 06:09 PM Re: Matt Rollings' New Site [Re: Steve Nathan]
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Originally Posted By: Steve Nathan
I strongly recommend everyone check out the 2nd vid in the "Ask Matt Rollings" section. It's worth the time it takes to register.
In it, he offers what inho may be the best advice a musician will ever get. It's the reason why I love this guy, and love playing with him. Sure, he can play rings around me, out "chop" me all day long. Lot's of players can. But it's this one skill that I believe contributes more to his success than any other. It also happens to be what I think has made me the success that I have been as well.


With this ^^^^ push, I registered and watched both videos. First, weird: we vaguely look alike. Similar make and model of caucasian. But he got all the talent. My trim line came with no added features.

That second video is gold. Thanks for the tip. The first is too, but I feel he's just too good for it to really help. When he "plays" (both meanings, as he points out), it all comes out sounding like magic. When I "play," it sounds like a weasel having a stroke.
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#2828377 - 01/15/17 06:24 PM Re: Matt Rollings' New Site [Re: MathOfInsects]
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Thanks for the heads up. What an intuitive player. Always loved his stuff, and just to hear him sharing his concepts is a plus for all players. Listen, breath, listen,listen....
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#2828531 - 01/16/17 09:19 AM Re: Matt Rollings' New Site [Re: BluesKeys]
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One of my favorites. He's been talking about this on Facebook for a few months now, so I'm glad it's finally live. Can't wait to see what else is in store.

Hey Steve, you should do one too! laugh

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#2828536 - 01/16/17 09:40 AM Re: Matt Rollings' New Site [Re: Ross Ward]
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Originally Posted By: Ross Ward
Hey Steve, you should do one too! laugh
+1
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#2828539 - 01/16/17 09:46 AM Re: Matt Rollings' New Site [Re: Al Quinn]
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Thanks he's a super talented player and looking forward to his videos.
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#2828544 - 01/16/17 09:56 AM Re: Matt Rollings' New Site [Re: MathOfInsects]
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Originally Posted By: MathOfInsects
When I "play," it sounds like a weasel having a stroke.


You say that like it's a bad thing.
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#2828717 - 01/16/17 09:40 PM Re: Matt Rollings' New Site [Re: Wastrel]
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Thanks for posting this, Allan. Looking forward to checking that out.
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#2828872 - 01/17/17 10:50 AM Re: Matt Rollings' New Site [Re: MAJUSCULE]
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The two clips are great. I'm looking forward to him doing more. I don't know where he's based (I'm thinking LA but i'm not sure), but it would be cool if he had his buddy Steve Nathan over for a video or three. smile

If you go to his FB fan page, he replies to comments sometimes, too.

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#2828920 - 01/17/17 01:44 PM Re: Matt Rollings' New Site [Re: Joe Muscara]
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I believe that Matt's back in Nashville. I think he moved back a year or so ago, but before that he did spend a good decade or so in LA.

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#2829098 - 01/18/17 10:11 AM Re: Matt Rollings' New Site [Re: Steve Nathan]
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Originally Posted By: Steve Nathan
I strongly recommend everyone check out the 2nd vid in the "Ask Matt Rollings" section. It's worth the time it takes to register.
In it, he offers what inho may be the best advice a musician will ever get. It's the reason why I love this guy, and love playing with him. Sure, he can play rings around me, out "chop" me all day long. Lot's of players can. But it's this one skill that I believe contributes more to his success than any other. It also happens to be what I think has made me the success that I have been as well.

Steve, I agree that it's the best advice. Also, it's what many are missing -- especially the loud guitar players that so many on this forum complain about. I recently took an online workshop with Chick Corea and he gave the same advice. If you watch Chick perform with others he's clearly doing this all of the time.

OK, now onto the third video! I love this stuff smile


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#2829283 - 01/19/17 03:53 AM Re: Matt Rollings' New Site [Re: Al Quinn]
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Matt is a beautiful player. I first heard him on Mary Chapin Carpenters "Come on Come on" album. His piano playing on "Only a Dream" on that album is still one of my go to templates for accompanying vocalists. Some many ideas yet so subtly performed. Looking forward to seeing more videos.
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#2830252 - 01/22/17 04:34 PM Re: Matt Rollings' New Site [Re: Dockeys]
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Figured out that the email confirmation thingy had fallen into the spam trap. Watched the first two videos and it's great stuff. Looking forward to checking out more of them.
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#2838976 - 03/01/17 03:04 PM Re: Matt Rollings' New Site [Re: MAJUSCULE]
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Bump just to say he's got over a dozen videos up now, and they do not disappoint. thu

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#2839049 - 03/01/17 09:38 PM Re: Matt Rollings' New Site [Re: slowtraveler]
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Indeed. His emails have been annoyingly ending up in my junk folder, but I've watched several videos and they're all really great. Clear, concise, and inspiring.
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#2839178 - 03/02/17 12:53 PM Re: Matt Rollings' New Site [Re: MAJUSCULE]
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Thanks for the heads up - I've been going through these and they are excellent. What a great time to be alive! (politics aside).

Thanks again.

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#2839202 - 03/02/17 02:50 PM Re: Matt Rollings' New Site [Re: jerrythek]
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I've watched all of Matt's videos. It's great that he's doing this! He's a fantastic artist and does a great job answering the questions that are written in.
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#2839264 - 03/02/17 08:36 PM Re: Matt Rollings' New Site [Re: Al Quinn]
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agreed on all points, Al. like
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#2856170 - 05/19/17 01:08 PM Re: Matt Rollings' New Site [Re: davedoerfler]
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Matt is keeping busy, this video just published yesterday

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#2856171 - 05/19/17 01:10 PM Re: Matt Rollings' New Site [Re: davedoerfler]
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I first became aware of Matt when I heard him play that REEEEEdiculous intro to I've Been to Memphis........what a SMOKIN' player he is!!

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#2856175 - 05/19/17 01:36 PM Re: Matt Rollings' New Site [Re: area51recording]
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RD-2000 sounds awesome!!! Of course anything Matt plays sounds awesome.
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#2856184 - 05/19/17 02:37 PM Re: Matt Rollings' New Site [Re: rickzjamm]
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Great site - thanks for posting. And yes, Matt is a fantastic player.

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#2856218 - 05/19/17 06:06 PM Re: Matt Rollings' New Site [Re: b3plyr]
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watched 2nd video. excellent. thank you for telling us about his website.

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#2856255 - 05/19/17 08:41 PM Re: Matt Rollings' New Site [Re: chas50]
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Loved his video on dropped voicings. Makes mundane progressions sound angelic.

I've been working on this type of playing a lot over the last year (including Russell Ferrante's series on voice leading which uses same basics and takes Matt's demonstrations into another universe).
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