A Zoom with Steely Dan’s Rhythm Section

Photo: Zoom screenshot by David Fabel

This past Tuesday I had the unique opportunity to be on a Zoom meeting with an exclusive group of iconic rhythm section players, that is, drummers and bass players, who played on albums and live with the legendary band, Steely Dan. I wanted to share the experience. If you’re wondering what this has to do with local bands and venues, well, know this…each and every one of these musicians started out playing in a local music scene.

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No Gigs: Down Time Growth

It’s said practice makes perfect.  Well, I don’t know about perfect, but it certainly leads to improvement and breakthroughs.  The desire to practice is the result of a passion and love for a personal interest, that becoming the engine of motivation.  For many local gigging musicians, the pandemic has created an unexpected volume of down time that is being redirected to practicing rudiments, learning songs, writing original music, and filling the void with trying to improve their chops.  These are the people who have a true love of their instrument and are always thinking about how to become a better player.  Like anything in life, with challenges come opportunities.

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