Ok, I have what I'll consider my first solo gig coming up. I've done a few before, but I did them because I needed the money and didn't a you know what about them. One was in a clothes store playing Christmas music. I was soooo broke. So I did it and hated every second of it. The others were a couple cocktail parties or worse Barmitzvah's. Sorry to my jewish buddy vibe players, but I HATE Barmitzvah's. A room full of kids high on soda running around like fools is not fun when you're an adult. I know it's fun for them. Ok, I digress.
But one more thing. I've done plenty of solo playing amongst other stuff in concert. So that's cool. One, two or three tunes, is manageable. Now I'm thinking about 2 45 minute sets.
So I've been preparing for this gig, so that I do the best job I can. I don't expect to blow away Burton's concert from back in the day. I just want to make some music and get through and feel ok about it. And hope the audience is ok with it. They won't be the same people the whole time, but it will be fairly quiet. Otherwise I wouldn't do it. This instrument sucks solo with a low rumble of people talking under it. We need as much of the bottom end as we can get!
I've been taking a methodical approach to play solo vibes. I've been keeping a diary of sorts. Lists of tunes, any thoughts etc. Nothing fancy. This is one reason why I initiated the mini concert, to try three tunes in a row and play them for you guys!
Now I'm up to about 30 minutes or about 7 songs. I have a list of songs to choose from. I'm thinking about stretching out intros and thinking about ballads. I'd like to get 10 songs into about 45 minutes, take a 30 minute break and then do another 45. I'm thinking about Stamina, the audience and me. I'm thinking about chords and lines. I think I might try Celia and keep it primarily 2 mallets. Why not. Faster tunes will be about lines more so than chords. But also chords, I'm just saying and thinking Philosophically.
For me this is all about be as interesting as I can be for 45 minutes. Keeping the time and keeping lines happening, keeping the spaces 'honest' and the beat.
What do you guys think? Have any of you every prepared a solo vibes gig.
I'm also thinking about putting a sign on the vibes saying 'This is a Vibraphone, not a xylophone'. Just to get rid of the knuckleheads!
Thought I'd discuss my approach with you all. Any thoughts?