Saturday, October 27, 2012

Keyboard cheat sheet

When playing with smaller groups, I find that I need to change the keyboard instrument tones quite often to insure that the combo keeps a fresh and interesting sound palette. The only problem is trying to remember all of the patch numbers of my favorite sounds.

I took a technique that I saw in the 60s and 70s when marking which instrument tracks were recorded on two inch magnetic tape recording studio mixing boards.The engineer attached a strip of one-inch medical adhesive tape and used a sharpie pen to write down what instruments were recorded at the base of the boards track numbers. Of course now with digital recorders, one need just double click the track number and overwrite it with the instrument name.

So what happens if I need to change the voice selection list? A Mr. Clean Magic Erasure is a quick and easy way to remove the tape glue residue.

Good Gigging!

Larry Marra
www.musicteachers911.com

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