Friday, June 08, 2007

A big reason I haven't been blogging...


I have mentioned that I enjoy music probably more than foodie stuff ... so it's been a thrill to be a part of a new band called CRB. We play family-friendly rock & roll. I play acoustic guitar and sing (mostly backup). The other musicians in this band are extraordinarily talented and have been very patient with me, a rank beginner in rock & roll. We had our first "real" gig at a school event and it was a blast. In the photo, that's George, our amazing lead guitar player; Marie, the best female vocalist I know; me; Dave, our lead singer and acoustic guitar player; Jim, our talented bass player peeking out from behind Dave; and Lee, who can play everything in the band, but usually is on keyboards. Unfortunately, you can't see Joe, our drummer who is an excellent vocalist in his own right. But that's not what this blog is about -- if you are interested, watch our myspace site!

6 comments:

Emilie said...

That is so cool that you're in a band! I've been trying to learn the guitar for about 2 weeks now, but really having a hard time. :(
Glad you're back to blogging!

PS-You guys should put up some music on your myspace

Tracy said...

Emilie,

Thanks for continuing to read the blog and for commenting!

About the guitar, I know your pain. I've been playing the guitar since the 7th grade but my guitars had been gathering dust for years -- so much so that I gave away one of the two I owned. When I picked it back up, I was really rusty.

Both of my sons are musicians. My younger one transitioned from the cello (which he had played for 3 years) to the trumpet this year. The trumpet was slow going for awhile and he was getting frustrated. We were able to meet Jeff Tyzik, who is a great trumpeter who has played for Doc Severinsen, etc., and asked his advice. His advice was that it's important to practice every day -- it's better to play a few minutes every day than a long time any one day. Keep at it! It takes awhile before it becomes fun.

Also, if it's really hard to press on those guitar strings, you might want to take the guitar into a place that has a good repair person (there's a name for those guys but I can't think of it). They might be able to lower the action of your strings to make it easier to play.

Thanks for the myspace advice. Hopefully some other stuff will be up there soon (I'm not the one doing it).

Tracy

Emilie said...

Thanks for the advice! I've been trying to play a little bit every day. I can play chords pretty well, but I would like to play songs with actual notes. (Like lead guitar) That's a problem though, when you can't read music.

Tracy said...

Emilie,
Most of the guys in my band play by ear, not by reading music.
Have you looked on youtube.com? If you do a "guitar lesson" search, people show how to do lots of popular riffs. It may be a start.
Tracy

Marie said...

Tracy - you are so multi-talented and, as one of your friends, I am lucky enough to enjoy the fruits of your labors whether you're cooking or singing! The concert w as great!!!

p.s. And, I second the motion that the "other" Marie is a fantastic vocalist!

Emilie said...

Where are you??? Come back!

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