SEEKINGVocalist, Vocalist - Tenor, Vocalist - Soprano, Rhythm Guitar, Lead Guitar, Drums, Other Percussion, Vocalist - Alto.
Project (“Never Met a Molly”) is looking for a lead vocalist (and some other musicians) to work out cover songs (with our own twist) from the 70s, 80s, 90s, and 2000s-2020s … and eventually original music as well. Genres can vary a bit but more focused on pop music with interesting energetic grooves. Currently we have keyboards and bass. The ideal group would be a lead singer, keys, guitar(s), bass and drums, percussion. Background vocals will be important. Other instruments may also be considered.
Have a rough starting list of songs already (though not limited) that require mostly a higher male voice or female vocalist. Looking to develop a band (project) that will record (audio/video) for YouTube, do occasional gigs, private fun parties, and even willing to self-finance concert venues. Practices will be scheduled rather than a set day each week. The idea is that each person in the project will be provided ample resources (midi backing files, backing mp3s, cd’s, charts, links, etc.) to practice and work out parts and ideas on their own. When we all get together, we will be on the same page, knowing the music, and just enjoy working out the fine details rather than figuring everything out during the rehearsals. Vocal/background vocal rehearsal will also be a part of many get-togethers.
It will be a situation where we are not always relying on every individual’s attendance to the rehearsals when we have them. If someone absolutely can’t make it, there will be sufficient backing tracks to still get together and enjoy performing together. Your parts will eventually be recorded as tracks for other musicians to rehearse with. This is an ideal situation for musicians that enjoy performing as a group, but are not necessarily looking to join a weekly gigging band.
Due to a more intricate keyboard setup, most of the rehearsals will take place in our finished basement in a safe home neighborhood (with driveway parking) in Nashua, NH. Microphones are available for vocalists and mixer stereo/mono inputs for instrumentalists. You may also bring your own equipment as well. Looking for serious, normal, fun, good musicians to enjoy performing together. We have cats (hence the name “Molly”), but most people with allergies to cats are not bothered based on prior experience.
Musicianship is a must. You should have funk/rock/pop/some jazz skills and knowledge. Sight reading not required, however helpful if you can read and understand music notation for learning purposes. It will be an enjoyable atmosphere, developing friendship and camaraderie. Any age range is fine, just not interested in individuals that are caught up in drugs, etc. Making music is the focus, rather than making money. Paying gigs will be nice, but this project is a better fit for individuals not relying on music to finance their situation, that want to work towards creating an impressive performance.
Involved in music study and performance for over 40 years and has been an instructor for over 30 years.
Piano Studies - New England Conservatory of Music Extension Division... Four years of Private Jazz Piano and Improvisation study with Professor Bruce Torff of the New England Conservatory of Music ED. New England Conservatory Jazz Ensemble Intensive jazz music performance study at New England Conservatory with Professor Michael Taylor... under the tutelage of Professor Bruce Torff.
Voice Studies - Music is Art Agency... Studied Voice Pedagogy with New England Conservatory graduate and instructor Barbara Morash for 6 years, at Music is Art Agency. David has also performed solo performances, shows and recitals representing Barbara and the Music is Art Agency.
Guitar Studies - Berklee College of Music extension school... Specialist Certificate in Guitar Skills.
Guitar Chord Studies with world renowned Berklee Professor Rick Peckham. The following are quotes from Professor Rick Peckham taken from his online discussion with the chords class: "David's been a real contributor to the success of the class, which, I must say, has been one of the most vibrant sections I've ever had." "Dave you are a natural teacher... patient, methodical and, most importantly, you can back it up!" "David, Thank you for this handy addition--the first pdf posted by a Chords 101 participant in the course's two year history. I'm sure that it will help a lot of people to get these shapes under control."
Guitar Scale Studies with Berklee Professor and New England Conservatory Graduate Larry Baione.. also head of the Berklee College of Music Guitar Dept. Following are some quotes by Professor Larry Baione, taken from David's graded assignments: "David, very enjoyable listening to you. Nice paraphrasing of some melody of the bossa. Excellent sound. The G piece sounded excellent." "David- the scales are right on- legato and very in tune with the tempo. Good job on the melody. David- you did exactly what I was looking for...very very nice!! Your solo really reflected the tunes." "Excellent playing David... the melody is not easy... very well played. You solo as if you have been playing the tunes for sometime." "David- you nailed the melody. I really like your solo starting with those repeated... and restating that phrase....not all of your solo is blues scale... very enjoyable and strong soloing."
Guitar Improvisation Studies with Berklee Graduate and Professor Ed Tomassi. Following are some quotes by Professor Ed Tomassi, again taken from David's graded assignments: "Very good musical solo on assignment 1.2. Great use of phrasing! Most of the time you used repetition and that gives the solo unity... Nice guitar sound!... Good work." "Wow!!!! Fantastic job with the challenge assignment trombone transcription!!!!!!!... You sounded great! All of your pitches and rhythms were accurate!... I really liked this solo on guitar... Keep up the fantastic job." "Very good AAA riff and AAB lyric melody!!! Great use of repetition on your solos and good contrasting rhythms... Nice guitar sound too." "I really enjoyed your Harmonic Riff melody and solo. You sound very musical and organized. Nice use of rhythmic displacement - syncopation!... Great Job!" "Excellent job with assignment 7!!! You know the chord tones and very good job with voice leading... Fantastic! I am enjoying your new level of musicianship!!!" "Great work on the challenge assignment!!! Excellent job going to different chord tones and scale notes. Your written chart is great!... Excellent job, good legato playing. Excellent job with assignment 10 chromatic approaches to chord tone motives!!!!!!! You did a really good job following directions and sticking to the concepts. Good discipline!. Fantastic job throughout this course. I have really enjoyed working with you. My best to you with all of your musical ambitions!"
Online Jazz Guitar Program - Jimmy Bruno Guitar Institute David also studied three years online at the Jimmy Bruno Guitar Institute and uses jazz guitarist Jimmy Bruno's approach for teaching guitar theory and improvisation.
Private Guitar Studies - Three years of private Jazz Guitar study — One year of Jazz Guitar and guitar theory with Andrew Martin of Berklee College of Music. Also studied two years of Jazz Guitar with Don Pendleton of Saugus, Massachusetts focusing on jazz chord melodies.
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