Wednesday, May 25, 2016


Tried improvising to a number of songs tonight and it sounded aweful. Aweful. Difficult to not be frustrated. Thought of doing a different improvisation method again. Briefly thought of doing the piano. Thought of tweeting Peter Frampton for help. A clarinet on Craigslist was tempting. I just sounded bad. 

Tuesday, May 24, 2016


Getting those five patterns in my fingers.
Happy 75th birthday to Bob Dylan!

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Sunday Gig

Had a fun benefit gig today. We did a great version of "At Last," with some great vocals with a singer who sometimes joins us. My guitar was singing today. I managed to play well enough to solo and play chords during "Summertime," and I had fun doing my version of "Pink Cadillac." Enjoyed my Casino today.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Birthday Celebration

Birthday was Tuesday, but celebrated tonight.

Me and the family:

Me and a band member (who shares the same birthday as me):

Friday, May 20, 2016

Brian Wilson / Satin Doll 2 / For No One

Had a cool dream early this morning....I was in Brian Wilson's home....we talked about "Wind Chimes," "Good Vibration," Eugene Landy, and other stuff....I asked if I can have my picture taken with him and if I can also have a picture taken of him, me, and my wife and he agreed and cried at my asking him that....we were to play in s band together at his home....he had a house by the beach and at one point or maybe two points, I saw giant waves coming that got our musical instruments somewhat. A beautiful dream.....

Made a couple of recordings:

1) First was another attempt at "Satin Doll." This one is better than the one recorded yesterday because I had the patterns in front of me while improvising. Here it is:

2) I found myself interested in fingerpicking acoustic guitar again. I was thinking of using a book I have to learn it. However, I just recorded a song in this style instead. Here's my version of the old Beatles song, "For No One" :

Thursday, May 19, 2016


Still trying to improvise. Here's my version of "Satin Doll" recorded today:

Feeling somewhat frustrated. Tried to play some piano, and lo and behold, no songs came out. Due to time constraints, there's no way I can focus on piano and improving guitar skills at the same time.

Just have to patient with the development of my guitar playing.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Satin Doll

Although I walked for a total of about 40 minutes today, I'm slipping in my diet. Must get back at it!
Picked my new song to work on. Started working on "Satin Doll."
Thinking it might be cool to figure out cool runs associated with each of the five positions.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Happy Birthday to Me !

Yet another year begins for me! 
Rode exercise bike for 1/2 hour.
Losing weight, but had a chocolate ice cream cone for my birthday! Here is how "Misty" sounded on my birthday, 2016:

Interesting how on listening back, I can hear how I can improve.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Marc Silver's book: "Contemporary Guitar Improvisation"

Walked two times today for a combined total of one hour. Diet going well.

Went over my chord melody arrangement of "Misty." 

Was possibly going to post my improv from yesterday but then I realized I was doing it all wrong. Instead of just learning this improvisation my way (the wrong way), I think I need to follow those before me who know better. 

Worked a bit on utilizing the principles in Marc Silver's "Contemporary Guitar Improvisation," and it works a lot more accurately than my attempts at trying to integrate different ideas from various sources.

What I need to do is:

1) Again, really get the patterns in my hands.
2) Check my work carefully when it comes to placing the patterns in the correct place on the guitar neck.

If I do 1 and 2 incorrectly, the result will be playing notes that just will not sound good. 

3) Better learn what patterns are related to particular chords.

Being very careful is thus very important. 

A shout out of thanks to Marc Silver for his book, "Contemporary Guitar Improvisation."

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Sunday / Improv3

Rode exercise bike for 1/2 hour. 
Well I had another pleasant surprise today. Recorded "Over the Rainbow" with a backing track and it didn't sound that bad! Sometimes notes are there that perhaps shouldn't be there, but that's ok! I like what is going on with this improv stuff. 

Saturday, May 14, 2016


Rode exercise bike for more than 1/2 hour.

Getting ready to play with the band for a gig next week. Here's my attempt at improvising over "Misty" today:

Friday, May 13, 2016


Rode exercise bike for 1/2 hour. Doing well with diet. Well I went for it tonight, and tried improvising by utilizing things I've learned. I wasn't very happy with it, util I played it back and to my surprise, I found that it wasn't entirely that bad! I play the melody first by ear, and then I improvised.

Thursday, May 12, 2016


Rode exercise bike for 1/2 hour. I lost 6 pounds since May 3rd; 30 pounds to go.

I'm mostly using the Marc Silver book in my journey to learning how to improvise. I continue to focus on trying to burn Patterns 2, 5, and to a lesser extent Parttern 3 in my memory. I'm continuing to use the song "Misty" as the framework for improvising. 

I'm finding that it really does take a lot of time (for me, anyway) to really have the patterns known to the extent that I can play them, twist them, and shape then at will in their various ways in which the notes can be combined. Learning the patterns for me is helped by playing them in the context of a song ("Misty"), as opposed to learning the patterns in isolation. 

Looking into the future, I am supposing that it will sound even cooler after I ingrained these patterns so much that I can move them around the guitar neck at will. 

Wednesday, May 11, 2016


Rode exercise bike for 1/2 hour.
Just put a little guitar practice in tonight, but I'd say it was worthwhile. Worked on trying to move from Pattern 2 to Pattern 5 inside and out, not just up and down the strings. Difficult but worth it!