Chad Thorne Posted November 19, 2013 Share Posted November 19, 2013 I was approached last weekend by a bassist acquaintance who aske me if I could take a gig playing in the pit for a local production of "Sound Of Music." I said that I wished I could, but my reading chops are not that good. She said, "It's easy, mostly quarter notes." I thought, "Well, I know all the songs from 'SOM,' probably I can fake my way through it." The fact that there was actually pay involved for two rehearsals and five performances swung me. I got the charts Sunday and freaked out. There was all this "incidental" music! Called my friend. "You'll be fine. I always feel the same way before a show." She gave me the name and number of one of the keyboardists. That person told me, "You'll do fine! Besides, you're all we have..." So I went to the first rehearsal last evening. The musical director was, in fact, happy all out of proportion to see me. (This was very last minute.) And so off we went. An uuexpeted plus was that they had an amp there for me, I don't have to haul mine. (It's a Laney keyboard amp. Do I care? No, I do not.) And guess what? I did alright! By 'alright,' I mean "Not nearly as awful as I thought I would;" but I was learning the whole way through, and by the time this show ends I'll bet my reading chops will be improved. Biggest problem I had was getting partway through a piece,flaking out, and losing my place. Aforementioned keyboardist was sitting right next to me and graciously would whisper "114!" when she saw me trying to see where she was. Most of the score is in F, C or G; second biggest problem I has was when the bastards suddenly changed key to Db or Bb, lol, mostly because I'm not accustomed to thinking in those keys. One more rehearsal tonight, then four evening shows and a Saturday matinee. I can't say that this will ever be my favorite gig, more like a job. But it beats working at the 7-11! and it does put me in a position that challenges my skills. I like it. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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