As much as I love the Rhodes, and as much as I intended on getting lessons, I still haven't found any real opportunities to properly learn how to play it. I've used it on multiple recordings, but it's never played a prominent role. Two tines were broken on it when I bought it, so it wasn't fully functional in the first place. I like to play it, and will gladly play it with people, but my skills are limited.
I finally repaired the Rhodes' broken tines a couple summers ago and recorded this video (below) to test them out. I hadn't tuned them perfectly, so when I hit the note it sounds a little off, but it was nice to try to play the full range of the thing, even though I'm a terrible pianist if I'm a keyboard player at all. Despite all of that, it is by far my most-watched video on YouTube. Considering the fact that most of the people finding the video would be used to Warren Zevon's piano skills, I still seem to have a sort-of positive effect.
Repairing the Rhodes.
Here are a few photos my wife took while I fixed my Fender Rhodes, Mark I. I replaced a couple tines on August 15th after I'd received my Rhodes Junior Repair Kit from Vintage Vibe. I also picked up their reproduction sustain pedal and sustain rod, which makes the instrument, well, fully-functional. Woo hoo!
My YouTube channel.
I've started posting things to my YouTube channel.
In regards to music and video, right now the only thing I'm doing is a series of cover songs under the name Under the Covers with Jeff. This is mainly a way for me to try exercise my voice, memorize some songs, and keep a presence online.
Under the Covers with Jeff is embedded below, and I'll try to remember to post the updates here on the weblog.
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