Something totally different... ... for those of you with pianos in your
Do you find that plugging in your piano stereo (using both the L&R jacks
into the board) impacts the sound going into the hall vs just using the
mono (one jack) option?
My piano model (Yamaha P115) hasn't sounded super awesome in our main hall
but Pete Sutherland's Yamaha P105 sounded great when he came a few years
ago. I'm now wondering if it might have been that he was inputting two
channels into the mixing board whereas I have only being doing one..... ...
Or other suggestions on how to improve the sound?
Emily in Ottawa
Hey fellow Shared Weight musicians,
Below is the open invite from Linda Henry (Community Resources Manager at
CDSS) to participate in CDSS' FREE online web chat next Thursday.
The topic is CREATING A THRIVING OPEN BAND.... ... pretty awesome!
We have a community band here in Ottawa but we're also starting an open
band this year so seems perfect timing for our community. I'll be online
seeing what I can learn so maybe 'see' a few of you next Thursday. :)
Emily in Ottawa
---------- Forwarded message ---------
From: CDSS Linda Henry <Linda(a)cdss.org>
Date: Wed, Sep 12, 2018 at 2:04 PM
Subject: next CDSS web chat on 9/20 - spread the word!
To: CDSS Linda Henry <Linda(a)cdss.org>
Greetings to everyone who joined or expressed an interest in our first CDSS
web chat on June 21 (see link
to recording). Our next web chat is coming up soon on *Sept 20*, and we’d
love to have your help spreading the word. The topic will be *Creating a
Thriving Open Band*. So if you know any groups that include sit-in
musicians at their dances or are considering this possibility, please
forward the announcement below.
Of course if your dance includes or is interested in open bands, feel free
to join us by submitting the RSVP form (see link below). We’ll be using a
new web chat platform that can accommodate 200 participants, so the more
Thanks for your help,
* * * * *
*Please forward this invite to musical friends who might be interested…*
CDSS will be hosting our next web chat on *Thurs, Sept 20 at 8:30 PM EDT*.
The focus will be *Creating a Thriving Open Band*. Please join us if your
group encourages sit-in musicians at your dances, or if you’d like to learn
more about including this opportunity. We'll hear from open band leaders in
Wisconsin, Arizona, Georgia, and Massachusetts, followed by time for Q&A.
To join the web chat (by computer or phone), *submit this RSVP form*
*SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 16th**.* You will receive instructions via email on Mon,
Sept 17th about how to join the call. NOTE: If you’re interested but can’t
attend on this date, submit the form anyway. We’ll send you a link to a
recording of the web chat soon after it happens.
*Linda Henry, Community Resources Manager*
*Country Dance & Song Society*
*413-203-5467, ext 105 *
*I am usually at CDSS on Tues, Wed, and Fri. Email is the best way to reach
BACDS American Week has full dance and music tracks. Part of the original
idea of setting it up this way was that there are lots of camps that focus
on music, but there aren't as many places where the focus is on playing for
dances. But I'm a dancer and don't actually know what attracts musicians to
a week like this.
I'd love to hear any thoughts you might have, but in case it's useful to
get things rolling, here are a couple of potential questions. As musicians,
what are you looking for in bands and music staff? What kinds of workshops
and classes do you want? For example, tunes, styling, technique, jamming,
ways of playing for dancers, working as a band, etc. What other factors
(other than logistics like location, price, dates) are important to you?
Thanks in advance for your thoughts and feedback!
Programmer, BACDS American Week
Hello fellow Shared Weight musicians,
The info below is primarily for organizers but I wanted to share it with
you as well given that many of you are organizers and/or you are also
connected to so many organizers.
[[[Note --> The Web Chat mentioned below is about OPEN DANCE BANDS!]]]
CDSS has just made a number of exciting announcements regarding new
resources that will support local organizers of traditional dance music and
song. If you are willing, please share this info with local organizers in
your network. We'd like to let as many people know about these resources
as possible and word-of-mouth is so powerful in the trad dance, music, and
- *US organizers survey report out now! *CDSS has just released a report
outlining the results the US organizers survey conducted this past spring.
Here's the link: https://www.cdss.org/community/us-organizers-survey
- *New e-blast for traditional dance music and song organizers: *The
goal of this free quarterly e-blast is to support, inspire, and connect
Check out the first Shop Talk e-blast here: https://conta.cc/2PlKAEr
You can sign up to receive the e-blast at the bottom of the first Shop
- *Online Organizer Resources Portal:* This is a very exciting initiative
that will hopefully add to the set of tools available to us all. The goal
of the Portal is to hold as many of the best resources as can be found
which will support local traditional dance, music, and song organizers in
their planning and decision making. For instance, visit this link to see
specific resources organized by topic:
BTW - As one of the individuals working on the Portal, I know that the
resource collection will only be as good as the resources it holds. ANNNND
I alos know that local organizers have so many of the best practices and
ideas already figured out. Thus, CDSS will be reaching out to local
organizers over the next number of months to collect resources that folks
want to share. If you're super excited about the initiative and want to
start sharing your local resources now, you can fill out this easy form:
- *CDSS's next online web chat - "Creating a Thriving Open Band": *CDSS
held it's first web chat back in June which had to be capped because of the
high number of people wanting to register! The next web chat is September
20th and is focused on Creating a Thriving Open Band. More information on
the workshop and the registration form is located in the e-blast:
Note: I am sending this from my personal email account as I'm yet not
connect to shared weight through my CDSS account. However, if you'd like
to discuss Shop Talk (the eblast) or the Portal, please email me at
emily(a)cdss.org. If you have specific requests or want advice from CDSS,
please contact Linda Henry at linda(a)cdss.org.
Consultant @ CDSS working on organizer supports
PS - I have posted this on the Shared Weight organizers list and I will
also be posting it on the callers list as well as the ECD and Pourparler
lists as I'm guessing there will likely be interest there as well. Thus, if
you're on more than one list, apologies!