Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Mark Stefani Course

Currently utilizing Mark Stefani's Jazz Guitar Course by mail: "Swing Blues: The Doorway to Jazz." It has 24 lessons, and I should be receiving the second lesson any day now. Just about done with the first lesson, though it isn't quite perfected. For this lesson, I learned three jazz licks, a song, and how to use some chords in a progression. 

Monday, September 1, 2014

Labor Day, 2014

Went on a date with my wife to celebrate our 20th wedding anniversary!
A nice guitar practice today of some repertoire songs and my jazz guitar lessons. Having some trouble with alternate pickings as described but it'll be ok. 

Finding that "seize the day" can't mean "conquer everything in a day" when it comes to learning guitar, having a family, and having a career!

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Last picture of Titanic

Dead Poets Society

Carpe Diem
Seize the Day
What's your verse to be?

Watched "Dead Poets Society" today with my son. Saw it before, but what a great inspiring movie. Loved it. Inspired me in teaching early in my doctoral training. Still sad about Robin Williams.

Good practice day today, going over my riffs and some repertoire. Getting ready soon for a rock and roll gig with the band. Quit the Gypsy Band; want to do more rock and roll as well as jazz.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Health. Guitar.

Long story short: some problems with discs in neck. Knee issue (although painful) seems to be not as concerning as neck stuff. Exercise on hold. No more being a vegan. Got to regroup and work with what I got (Tony Evans talks about being "great" with what you got in his book, "Kingdom Man"). 

Guitar work is coming along at a snail's pace. Was tempted again to go back to piano and the Sudnow Method, but I do not think I'll be doing that. 

Have been listening to some cool Johnny Hodges stuff. 

Slowly coming around to being a Catholic again. Have been reading Christian stuff. 

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Practice Sunday

Traveled about two hours to see my dad today. Listened to some cool Johnny Hodges in the car. Got home and had a good guitar practice. I have to learn two more jazz things before I'm done with Lesson 1.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Practice Saturday

Good practice day. Of six assignments, I am working pretty good on three. It's a lot of work doing this jazz guitar stuff! 

Healthwise, I am out of commission due to my knee. Got to get back to the diet but it's seeming easier to break it, unfortunately. Feel bad, stlll, though about eating meat; couldn't bring myself to eat a lunch meat sandwich today.

Slowly working my way back to Jesus in the Catholic faith. 

Thursday, August 21, 2014


Bumps in the Road

Went off of diet big time today. Big car bill did not help. Knee pain precludes exercising at this point. Getting lackluster about guitar though today I did practice some new stuff and some of repertoire. I will bounce back and both health and music fronts. I've come too far with good health to give up now, and one day of cheating won't eliminate all gains (after a month of eating better and exercising more, my blood pressure seems to be improving, and I lost 13.5 pounds). Can't give up now! 

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Here We Go!

Got my first jazz guitar lesson in the mail today. It's looking cool. Got some stuff to work on! Still walking an hour a day and trying to eat better. 

Friday, August 15, 2014

The Stones, My Guitar, Change, and Health

Fun practice with the rock and roll band tonight. Really enjoying my Epiphone ES-339 Pro. 

Been listening to the Rolling Stones' "Ventillator Blues" on the "Exile on Main Street" album. Love the hypnotically repeated riff in the song, the guitar solo at the end of the song, how the song segues into the next track, and that track itself "I Just Want To See His Face."

Still shocked regarding the sad, sad death of Robin Williams...

Haven't really been into practicing my repertoire for some reason. Maybe I'm ready for the change that the new jazz lessons might offer. Maybe I'm being drawn to making other kinds of music with my guitar. However, in the band tonight we did play a couple of songs in my repertoire: "Over the Rainbow," and "Misty." 

Lost 13 pounds since July 21st; eating mostly a vegan diet (with some cheating :)); walked for an hour every day for the past 25 of 27 days; have started to sometimes jog during part of my walks. Feels really really good.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Robin Williams

So heartbreaking and shocking to hear of the death of Robin Williams....

Rest in Peace