June 8th and 9th….the initial Volare event in Santa Rosa, CA. This is an intensive seminar for intermediate to advanced organists who are ready and eager to improve their skills. I have created and marketed a program that I know will be of value to people whose playing has become a bit stale and stagnant. It’s easy for this to happen, especially when the musician has fallen into the trap of simply learning new songs…not new techniques. A great artist will never stop growing their craft.
Sometimes even I might drift into a period of complacency which might show up in my performance. However, I always have had some sort of engagement to prepare for that involves a crossover of the same folks attending. Consequently, it behooves me to constantly think of either new songs to play or new arrangements of something I already know. Sometimes the instrument itself (the Roland Atelier) gives me the incentive to create interesting effects and sounds that are the inspiration for the arrangement. This kind of reverse engineering….finding new sounds/rhythms….lends itself to composing an innovative rendition.
I remember some years ago when the Scat Voices appeared on the console. You may associate this sound with the late Ella Fitzgerald who used your incredible voice as an instrument. If you recall, many times within the song she was performing, she’d forgo singing the lyrics and go off on a totally ad lib melody vocally simulating trumpets, trombones, flutes, etc. In the case of the Atelier, this effect is made possible through the use of a feature called “initial touch”. This allows the player to depress the key at various pressure levels, each one activating a different phase of the effect. For example, when I use scat voices, the softest sound will be “doo”…if I press a tad harder, the vocal sound becomes “doot”, then “dat”, “bap”, and finally “bow”. The result is the organist, simply by depressing the key with varying pressure can simulate a scat style. This is exciting, fun stuff!
But back to the Volare learning system…..Immediately after I have completed the Santa Rosa event, I’ll be going to San Jose to again perform the Volare seminar on June 10th and 11th. I’ll be home for a day and then off to Portland, OR to perform at the national dealer meeting at Rodgers Instrument Inc. www.rodgersinstruments.com , a part of the Roland Corporation www.rolandus.com group of companies. I’m not quite sure what my role will be for this commitment on June 15th. I’ll have to wait until the prior rehearsal day to get direction on that. Fortunately, all I have to bring with me to prepare are my ten fingers, two feet and perhaps my personal registrations which are stored on a thumb drive. Rodgers specializes in producing organs for the institutional market. However, due to their tremendous manufacturing facility, Roland consoles are assembled there as well.
Then, on the 20th, I’ll be off to Lancaster, PA. to perform at the Dutchland Organ Festival www.billhornproductions.com/conventions.htm for two days. This is an annual event which is held at a resort in the area. There will be some 150 folks attending who love good organ music and also learning from the artists some of the techniques we like to use. I always have a great time at this festival.
I hope my dog remembers who I am after all this time away!
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Cant wait to introduce the new Volare program that is rolling out.
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