Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Tuesday Jazz

Rode exercise bike for 1/2 hour.
Diet not going so fantastic but won't give up.
Practiced: Piano Method book, Swing Guitar book, and Aebersold Book 1 for guitar. Surprisingly, I'm having most fun with the piano book!
Read some more from my Mindfulness book.
Waiting for the results of the New Hampshire primary. I'm antiabortion, but probably mostly liberal on other issues. In other words, no candidate is my clear cut choice. 
Getting interested again in jazz.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Waiting For the Snow

Looks like we are about to get more snow here, but not as much as the last storm.
Rode exercise bike for 1/2 hour.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Sunday: Day 1

Burned 845.7 calories on the exercise bike for one hour.

Practiced guitar using the Swing Guitar book and the Abersold book. 

Tried a little to do some original work.

Started re-reading the Mindfulness book.

Decided to go back to the Piano Method book(s). Using the Alfred All in One course. Finished Book 1 awhile ago, so will be going back to it.

Goals 2016 / Take Two


1) The Swing Guitar Book and the Aebersold Book 1 For Guitar. Daily.
2) 15 minutes per day working on building a chord melody guitar repertoire.
So far:
"Over the Rainbow"
"When You Wish Upon a Star"
"A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes"
3) At least 30 minutes per day of exercising probably on exercise bike. Eat more healthy. Be more healthy.
4) Mindfulness daily using the Mindfulness book.
5) Spiritual reading and prayer daily.
6) To write one song per month for an album of original acoustic guitar songs.
7) Work on the Alfred All in One Piano course (added February 7).


1) The Herb Ellis Swing Blues book.

Friday, February 5, 2016

Limits vs Challenges

I can play the guitar and with a little practice, just about any song, chord melody style.
But I like the piano sound more. Is it a self-imposed limitation that I cannot play the piano better or is it just a reality that my hands at my age just ain't gonna get it? 
So I wonder if the piano is a challenge I can work on or if it's just out of my grasp at my age.
What about writing songs? I wonder if I'm washed up in that department.

Today, my son received an award at his school for demonstrating responsibility, dependability, personal growth, respect, initiative, and a positive attitude. Nice. Here's a picture of him accepting the award:

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Getting Organized

Started to work again in the Swing Guitar book. But that book won't be enough to sustain a whole practice session. May use the Herb Ellis book or some other things too. 

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Tuesday Night

I think I'll just stick to guitar. For now, anyway. A good friend changed the strings on my Epiphone and cleaned it up. It's sounding nice. I think I'll go back and try to learn some swing guitar stuff using the Paul Howard book, "Swing: The Roots of Great Guitar Playing." 
Looks like I'll be seeing Brian Wilson do his Pet Sounds show. Not 100% sure though. I saw it years ago and it was great!
Man I've just let my health slide. Need to get back on track!

Sunday, January 31, 2016

From last night's gig:


Had a great time playing guitar and singing a bit in a gig tonight! Even got paid. Highlight for me was singing "Mustang Sally" and "Be Bop a Lula." Great to play for an applauding audience that danced to the music. 

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Well Forget That

Remember yesterday's post about my great plan to learn the piano? Well forget that. I'll keep the health and spirituality stuff, but forget about piano.
Rightly or wrongly, I decided to give up the piano. It's not clicking and never has. Who am I kidding?!
I don't feel like putting in the work. There. I've said it. Will try to accept it. I'm sticking to guitar and will just dabble in piano. Played some Beatles songs for my daughter and myself tonight on piano and it was dreadful. Frustrating. 
Playing a rock and roll gig tomorrow night and I'm looking forward to reconnecting with my buddy, the guitar.