Monday, July 21, 2014

A Good Day

Ate well and walked my hour this morning.
Had time to practice tonight: went over repertoire and finished learning the one octave major scale patterns. I think I'm really going to like this Aebersold book.


Reading a good book about Jesus regarding having a relationship with him within the Catholic faith: "Taking it Personally: How your Catholic Faith Can Transform You," by Leo Zanchettin.

Morning Walk

Sunday, July 20, 2014

What a Day

Ok it's 10:04 PM as ai type this, and I have to say I give myself a solid "A" when it comes to being more healthy today. Walked an hour and made some healthy starchy/vegan meals. Breakfast and lunch is shown below in earlier posts. For dinner I had spinach, a salad, and a plate of homemade spiced french fries with ketchup, and A1 sauce. Let's hope I can continue this journey in health.
Did some guitar work today, too. Went over repertoire, and restarted the Aebersold book with the scale section.

Healthy Day 1: Preparing Lunch

Vegan Burgers (actually "McDougall" Burgers) ready for the oven:

Lunch: Healthy Day 1

Homemade vegan burger following most of McDougall's recipe:

Breakfast: Healthy Day I

Microwaved oatmeal with soymilk, and added strawberries and blueberries. Awesome!

Vegan Day One

This is it! Day one of being vegan and taking better care of myself. Here I am during my hour walk this morning. Lots of work to do, but I'm committed.  Rest of today I'll be trying to get to that guitar!

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Frustration Turns to Victory

Yea so it was more than a little frustrating going over my repertoire today, playing "All the Things You Are," and drawing a blank. Just seemed to have forgotten how to play it!!!! In time, it came back, and all is well again. Went back to the guitar tonight and played some of repertoire and it felt good playing the songs.
Did a little experimenting with improv today, and decided to use the Jamey Aebersold book again to learn improv. I'm liking the use of scales.

As I write this, it is 10:51 PM. My life as a vegan along with urtilizing other healthy habits will begin in a little over an hour. Following the McDougall diet as presented in his book, "The Starch Solution." Went shopping for vegan stuff today, and also bought a food processor. Here we go!

Friday, July 18, 2014

Rock & Roll

A good practice night with a couple of the guys in the rock & roll band. Hooked up my Epiphone es-339 Pro into my Roland Cube 60 amp and enjoyed the tones that I got! 

Thursday, July 17, 2014


A little on the challenging side tonight with guitar practice. Went through repertoire, and yet again I struggle even with just one day off. Still trying to get the new song together.

Adding some more to my knowledge of Ellis's first shape. Frustrated with that trying to remember the notes. Wondered a bit if I should just forget about learning improv and just focus on solo chord melody guitar.

Becoming vegan this Sunday.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

The Vegan Guitarist

4 days until I try the McDougall diet. 

A really good practice day at a relaxed pace. Went over repertoire. Worked a lot on the Christmas song, adding more of my knowledge of it. Worked a little more on the Ellis book but didn't add anything new to my knowledge of it; just revisited what I should know at this point. 

Sunday, July 13, 2014

My Hometown

Went to visit my dad today in my hometown. He seems to be doing well.

In the car listened to some CDs that came with jazz solo method books. Was thinking a little of changing method books but then decided to stay with the Ellis book. 

Saturday, July 12, 2014

A Good Practice Day

I think I may have ruined the pickguard on my Epiphone es-339 by trying the wrong way to remove the glue on it after I took off the "E" on it. So what?

A really good practice day. Used the Joe Pass to go over repertoire, add more to my newest chord melody song, and start page 6 of the Ellis book. 

I found that I have more fun practicing jazz stuff on the Joe Pass as opposed to the es-339. The es-339 will be my rock and roll and blues guitar of choice.

Reading "The Starch Solution" by John A. McDougall MD & Mary McDougall, and it's very interesting. Thinking of becoming a vegan.