Singing and Playing Solo, Episode 3: Tempo

May 3, 2020

Once I’ve chosen a song, I decide how I’m going to deliver it to the audience.

Episode 3: Tempo

Episode 3 is the third in a series for the solo singing guitarist, both professional and hobbyist, who’d like to know how another soloist goes about his work in rehearsal.


Listen to my brand new Space City Funtet album, BLAST-OFF!

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Also on iTunes:

Whinin’ and Complainin’: Classic Nashville Out-of-Love Songs

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The Last Whoop-dee-doo

Richie Kaye’s Music & Mirth

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A New York City Subway Christmas

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PREVIOUS EPISODE

Episode 1, Intro and choice of key

Episode 2, The Set-up

Singing and Playing Solo, Episode 2: The Set-up

Once I’ve chosen a song, I decide how I’m going to deliver it to the audience.

Episode 2: The Set-up

The second of a series for the solo singing guitarist, both professional and hobbyist, who’d like to know how another soloist goes about his work in rehearsal.


 

Listen to my brand new Space City Funtet album, BLAST-OFF!

Just click on this ROCKETSHIP!

Click to listen!

Also on iTunes:

Whinin’ and Complainin’: Classic Nashville Out-of-Love Songs

Click to listen!

The Last Whoop-dee-doo

Richie Kaye’s Music & Mirth

Click to listen!

A New York City Subway Christmas

Click to listen!

PREVIOUS EPISODE

Episode 1, Intro and choice of key

The Track That Made Me Want to Play Guitar

October 3, 2016

This is the track that made me want to play the guitar (“Cast Your Fate to the Wind,” written by Vince Guaraldi). Even now I admire the playing on it.

In the mid-60s, Al Sherman (Alshire and Budget Sound, Inc.) produced the 101 Strings Orchestra records to sell at a budget price between $2.00 and $3.00.
Fantastically successful with sales of the physical product, he hired hundreds of players, arrangers and conductors over the years, all the top people, such as Nelson Riddle, Les Baxter, Tommy Tedesco, Al Caiola and so many others… I have often wished I could get my hands on his session records, if they still exist!

Muzak, yes, but the guitar playing is awesome — find me a dozen American players who are playing this lyrically today and I’ll buy you a flute of champagne, no, make that a bottle of Veuve Cliquot!

And one other track from that album, Guitars Galore, with four guitars and sensational solos. Very 1966!

Another Still from the Sugarhill Recording Session

September 21, 2016

 

Another still from the upcoming video. I’ve picked up the solid-body electric once again after many years, for additional variety in my solo show. Isn’t this the change of pace? I think you’ll be enthusiastic about it when you hear it.
 
I’ve been open to working on electric music with Houston/Austin players and though I’ve not yet met them, I’m sure they’re out there and at some point, we’ll meet.  (Photo: Sam Kuslan)
Richie Kaye at Sugarhill Studios playing a Don Grosh Electrajet
Richie Kaye at Sugarhill Studios playing a Don Grosh Electrajet

New Solo Show — It Ain’t Just Jazz Anymore!

June 15, 2016

In my new solo show, I’ll be playing and singing the songs of (or made famous by) Irving Berlin, Charlie Rich, Rodgers & Hart, Elton John, Betty Hutton, Jack Jones, Orlando Murden, Vaughn Monroe, Jaime Cullum, Margaret Whiting, Steely Dan, George Jones, Comden & Green, Roger Daltrey, Schwartz & Dietz, the Beatles and yours truly. And many other great names in song in jazz, Broadway, classic country and light rock. All melody, all the time: songs you can sing along with!

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