Hi all,

have a question re playing with a band.  A great local band (Calypso/Cover Band) wants me to demo with them.  I will speak to the guy later today, but want to explain myself in a professional manner.  I don't have enough musical expertise to "improvise", but if i know the key of a song, then yes,  i can play chords, etc. So far, been playing by myself with my tracks.   

any ideas on how i can respond to this band professionally.  of course, i would be honest.

thanks, Terry

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Comment by brad shores on March 12, 2013 at 6:38am
i would take the offensive and ask him what his expectations are for you, then respond just like you did.. "i have little "band" experience, but i can play melodies, comp chords, and possibly add improvisation as i become familiar with the tunes".
Comment by Terry Muldoon on March 14, 2013 at 4:53pm

that's great advice.  we did speak, told him exactly that,  asked if they could give me sheet music and if i can see what key it's in, then i can comp some chords.

he replied, we don't have any sheet music.   2 guys graduated from Juliard, and the leader has been playing for 20 yrs. plays by ear. 

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