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My last post about progressions was confusing. I know that now, and I am going to come back to that this week with some examples.
I was hoping to take it easy this month. Steve Mauldin is writing the orchestration for my new project, and I am waiting on him, so there is not much to do there. I am also not booking any more concerts until that project is done.
As it turns out, I have not been able to take it too easy. I have done a couple of Christmas concerts with the Daybreak Quartet, and have been doing some arranging for their upcoming hymns project. I am writing some four part harmony that is a bit off the beaten path for that genre and it is a little tricky.
Yesterday, I found out that they are going to be recording this next weekend and I have a lot to do to get ready for them. I am also playing on some of their tracks. Playing on those kinds of projects is very different from my projects where essentially every note is planned. I am always amazed at what studio musicians come up with on the spur of the moment just from a chord chart. In fact, most popular music is recorded that way.
That kind of recording is definitely not in my comfort level though I have done it before. Hopefully, it will go well. I know this–I will be working a lot on music this week.
I may be playing on another project in the next few weeks as well. I will give more details on that as I learn more.
I keep saying that things will quiet down soon, but in reality, I am not so sure. I will be working hard on my next project through mid-March. Then, during March and April, I will transcribing the arrangements from that project for a book I will be selling. By the time that is done, the project will be out and I will be doing a lot of travelling and concerts starting in May.