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  • #109807
    David Ice
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    Ok, here’s a new thread.

    #109808

    I had been playing for barely a year, self taught, and played a few christmas tunes for the nursing home christmas party.

    #109809
    kay-lister
    Member

    Hey David,

    Actually, this happened to me just last weekend.

    #109810
    sherry-lenox
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    #109811
    kreig-kitts
    Member

    Maybe you could play songs that are harder to sing, like “Take On Me” with that falsetto screech in the chorus.

    Follow it up by “Blinded by the Light,” where you know they’ll botch the lyrics nobody can ever make out. “Wrapped up like a dude another rotor on the right…”

    Then work in a song completely inappropriate for the singer, so that a burly 300-pound fellow has to belt out “I Feel Pretty,” assuming you’re not in a venue where that would be a normal thing, in which case you pull our your heavy metal fakebook.

    Finally, you can play lots of songs that are duets, and hope they don’t have a buddy ready to join in.

    #109812
    David Ice
    Participant

    Kreig,

    I LOVE IT!

    #109813
    David Ice
    Participant

    Also, a friend suggested that for women singers, play “Macho Man” by the Village People!

    #109814
    paul-wren
    Participant

    This is interesting. I have had this happen many times in the past because I played songs that people knew. My instinct was to slow down and follow them, that is the accompanist in me I guess.

    A weird one that happened was I was playing before a wedding. I have an arrangement that I did of Chi il bel sogno di Doretta from Pucinni’s La Rondine. Not many people know this beautiful aria, but from behind me, as I was playing, this woman began to sing, what a lovely voice she had! I continued to play and she sang never missing a beat!

    #109815
    alexander-rider
    Participant

    I love that aria, Paul! Whose arrangement is it?!

    #109816
    barbara-brundage
    Participant

    Just be glad you play the pedal harp, David. What I really, really hate is when I’m playing, say, “Moonlight in Vermont” or something and someone starts singing behind me and I know it’s Vic Damone or Rod Stewart or Tony Bennett or someone like that, because I know what’s coming–everything is just absolutely swell till the bridge and then I hear, ‘Hey! It should modulate to [key of their choice] there!”

    #109817
    David Ice
    Participant

    Well, Barbara, for me it would be a train wreck either way!

    #109818
    paul-wren
    Participant

    Hi Alexander, it is one that I did myself.

    #109819
    paul-wren
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    If you can find the music, it is not a hard piece at all to play on the harp. Typical Puccini writing. I just beef it up with bigger chords and arpeggios in the B section.

    #109820
    Mel Sandberg
    Participant

    Hi David – while

    #109821
    Geri McQuillen
    Participant

    Thank you Kreig!

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