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 ARCHIVED TOPIC: Anyone Use "You're In The Band"?


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Rob MacKillop - Posted - 01/04/2021:  11:13:22


I just got delivery of Cynthia Sayer's "You're In The Band", a book of scores and sound files, with lots of tips on playing along with an (almost!) live gig experience, with intros, playing out, stop-time choruses, etc. It's for any instrument, and the band consists of trumpet, bass, drums, and Cynthia herself on plectrum banjo.



I haven't had time to read the full Intro, but there doesn't appear to be anything specifically related to the plectrum or tenor banjos. It's more a case of understanding what is expected of you in a band situation.



Info on her website: cynthiasayer.com/youre_in_the_...ail.shtml



Looks like it is going to be fun to use. Anyone here use it?



 

G Edward Porgie - Posted - 01/04/2021:  13:29:38


This sounds like a worthwhile book, although I have not seen it and have had quite a bit of experience playing with goups and individuals and would probably have a somewhet limited use for it.



That isn't to say that I couldn't learn some useful new methodolagies, and I believe such books are very useful for those with limited exposure to ensemble playing.



I hope to hear more about what you find in the book, and also hope that others relate their own experiences and critiques.



 

Ryk - Posted - 01/04/2021:  18:38:47


Use it and love it Rob.
Ryk

stevo58 - Posted - 01/04/2021:  23:00:50


Another fan here. Really useful book.

Steven

banjopaolo - Posted - 01/05/2021:  01:02:17


I never used that book but Cynthia is a great performer, no doubt it is exellent!

sethb - Posted - 01/05/2021:  07:35:39


Kudos to Cynthia for creating this CD package, and I agree that the book is informative.  But if you're a banjoist, the big problem with the CD is that while you can cut out one or more of the other instruments, you can't cut out the banjo.  So unless you want to play along with Cynthia, the objective of "playing with the band" can't be achieved, as far as I know. 



However, something was posted on her website a while ago that a "banjoless" version of the CD could be ordered, but I never saw anything else about it.  If that's now available, it would solve this problem.  And if anyone has more info on that situation, please post it!   SETH  

Rob MacKillop - Posted - 01/05/2021:  07:58:32


There's a little sticker inside the back cover with the following:

All Tracks Minus Trumpet or All Tracks Minus Banjo...$9.99 per set: cynth@earthlink.net

So, you have to pay for them. Still, especially at times like these, it's good to support good musicians.

LongNeckJo - Posted - 01/05/2021:  08:14:38


Yes! Recommended. Definitely worth getting the sans banjo tracks. You can then play with the whole rest of the band and have your time too. You can also just tag along with Cynthia on the normal tracks too.
I do wish there was more specific information for the plectrum banjo being the rookie that I am. Maybe some suggested fingerings for comping, though I understand what an undertaking writing any book can be!

sethb - Posted - 01/05/2021:  16:06:55


quote:

Originally posted by Rob MacKillop

There's a little sticker inside the back cover with the following:



All Tracks Minus Trumpet or All Tracks Minus Banjo...$9.99 per set: cynth@earthlink.net



So, you have to pay for them. Still, especially at times like these, it's good to support good musicians.






Ah Ha!  I thought there might have been a way to accomplish a banjo-less track. 



I had ordered when the book first came out, and I didn't see any sticker or contact info in my copy.  Good to know, thanks for the info.  SETH 

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