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Confessions of a Piano Player

November 16, 2006

Pt. 2 - Junior High School

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By VICTOR VERNEY

. . . continued from Pt. 1

Well, now I was more-or-less in a band. One thing I realized right away was that the law of supply and demand was working in my favor: guitarists and drummers were a dime a dozen, but keyboardists were few and far between. Moreover, most of the keyboardists, no matter how good they, were playing on their mothers' pianos in their living room and didn't have the gear required for a garage/basement band. So, like every other teenage rock star-wannabe, I was embarked on the never-ending quest for equipment. The resulting demands on money ...

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August 18, 2006

Pt. 1 - Grade School

By VICTOR VERNEY

“Perhaps it is a peculiarity of mine that... I have always preferred playing without an audience." --Bill Evans (1929-1980)

I used to play the piano. Quite a bit, in fact--and I even got paid for it, sometimes. I started taking lessons when I was 11 years old, and ended up playing in rock 'n' roll garage bands during the 1960s, “fusion" groups during the 70s, top-40 bands during the 80s, and jazz combos during the 90s. I've played solo, in duos, trios, quartets, quintets and octets. I've played on Farfisas and Hammonds, Wurtlitzers and Fender-Rhodeses, and I've done ...

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