I was in a rehearsal today with some of my favorite players: Austin Byrd (piano), Brian Ward (bass), and Nolan Byrd (drums). I am rehearsing for an upcoming recording session and I brought in a new original tune for our first readthrough of it.
Here's the recording of my untitled tune from rehearsal:
This is a great example of how to play a tune right the first or second time reading through it. These guys are total pros at reading beyond the lead sheet. I gave them probably 2 or 3 sentences describing the tune and they nailed it.
We can learn two things from this:
1. Be a good reader/make music during every sightread
-DON'T EVER just play notes. I don't care if there's wrong notes during a sightread-- if the musicality is there, notes can be worked out. You'll get called for more of the fun gigs if you can make the music SOUND like music on the first read.
2. Get great players to play your music!
-As a composer, I try to get my music read often. When I'm putting together a band, I want to pick the right players for the type of music I'm writing. It is so much fun to have players that can just read down your music without having to stress out over the details!
is a saxophonist/composer residing in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex.