Besides playing you have to press a lot of buttons and it can get
confusing. I can't remember it. So I wrote it down, together with the
chords. Not the traditional way, though. I made different recordings on the onboard sequencer and recorded it into
the computer from there.
Now, the chords is also a new thing. Because the style is following the
chords you play, you sometimes have to play chords differently, because you
have to stay within a certain range. This of course is also new for me. What I
find distracting is that sometimes you go down with your chord and you hear
the accompaniment go up.
The last time I updated this page was in 2005, over 3 years ago.
In the mean time I have composed some new material, but I have also been
working on my repertoire and exploring my PSR-3000. I have thought of trading
it in for the new PSR-S900, but because the multipad buttons of the PSR-S900
are on the other side of the keyboard, I decided to keep my PSR-3000.
The point is that I have been using the Multi Pad Control as a sequencer,
playing counter melodies.
I did that (sort of) on my FUNKY PADS song - in fact
I composed it specially for that - and I developed it in several other songs,
like LOVE BOAT and ALLO ALLO.
When using multipads you have to press the
buttons in time. Pressing it too soon or too late, spoils everything.
Sometimes I give myself very little time to press a button. Having moved the
multipad buttons to the other side of the PSR-S900 keyboard meant for me that I need to
reprogramm them and change my timing. I find that too much to ask, besides I
wonder what they do the next time ... move them back again?. Sorry, Yamaha,
but that is not a clever thing to do.
ALLO ALLO was very hard to learn and it took me a while to figure out
how to do it. And when I started my channel on YouTube, I decided to make a
video. I wanted to show that I could play this live by using the Multi Pad Control. However I did not manage to
"film" it, because my computer is too slow.
And because I have no daylight at my workplace at home, the video I made with
a photocamera (mp4) was not very good. So instead I used some pictures of the
TV-series ALLO ALLO and you have to take my word on it that it is played live and I
recorded it in one time only.
On YouTube the music becomes mono so if you click on the
pictures below you don't hear the YouTube version, but the original Windows
Media movie I uploaded to YouTube.
Of course the themesong to the British sitcom 'Allo 'Allo is not my own
composition - it was written by David Croft and Roy Moore. Unfortunately
it never came out on CD. But I always
loved it and wanted to play it. I am quite satisfied with the result.
The Merry Mooch is a song with a story.
I decided to record it when I just had the beginning of the song. I then recorded it
with the built in sequencer of the PSR-3000. When I changed the sound to
flugelhorn, I played the wrong chord. But I didn't stop and played on and I
played it as you hear it now. But at the time I didn't even know what I had
been playing. I used the recorded sequence to write down note for note what I
had been playing, because I liked it. Sometimes one wonders what "inspiration" means, but this time I
really had the feeling it just came to me.
I decided to call it The Merry Mooch, because it reminded me of the Big
Band dance music of the 30's. My father had such a band when he was just 17
years old, at the time the youngest bandleader in my country. They called
themselves The Merry Mooches and played around Alkmaar, the place where both
my parents are from.
So I decided to make a movie with the few photos I had from my father,
playing music. I had only 5 photographs, and the one I mainly used was taken
at Krasnapolsky in Amsterdam. If you click the photo above you can see the
video, I uploaded to YouTube.
And then we are back at FUNKY PADS.
I rerecorded it and decided to make another movie for YouTube.
Not exploring the PSR-3000 this time but Windows Moviemaker. So this time I
did not only use photos I took from the internet of several artists who play
funky style music and Jazz, but also videoclips I selected on YouTube. I used
my own photo's every time I started to push a Multipad button (the order is:
1, 3, 2 en 4)
I don't know yet what my next video will be, but I will also anounce it on
YouTube. And of course on my new page: MYTUBE ;-)