Thursday, March 6, 2014
• No more wasting time looking for a new guitar. My Epiphone Sheridon II is wonderful. Played a bunch of guitars today, and none beat mine. My Sheridon is no longer for sale.
• No more buying method books. The Charlie Christian Jazz Method, Robert Conti's Assembly Line Method, and the theory book is enough. These books are excellent, and instead of wasting time looking for other resources, it would be best to master the material presented in the stuff I already have.
• I think a painful but necessary part of learning the Conti Chord Melody ideas is to memorize chord names.
• Robert Conti's "The Formula" is in the wings.
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Got a music instrument catalog today....so much cool stuff...
Worked on the usual stuff today. I think I'm going to drop the country Western swing book for now. Maybe I'll just use it as supplementary stuff when and if the mood strikes.
Working on the Charlie Christian "Poor Butterfly" solo, and although it's short, it's taking some time. Wanting to understand and internalize the Charlie Christian stuff as much as possible. What's challenging to me at this time with this stuff (in addition to learning the solos) is learning how he creatively utilizes chord shapes, and seemingly takes liberties with some notes outside the forms.
Trying to sell me Epiphone Sheraton II. I really like it, but it's a bit too heavy. I'm liking the Epiphone ES 339 Pro.
Monday, March 3, 2014
Sunday, March 2, 2014
Working on repertoire, working on, well working on the same stuff. My son, who has been more into alternative contemporary music is actually playing the White Album as I type this. Yes!
Looking to sell my Sheraton II, and I'm interested in the Epiphone ES 339. Waiting for snow that is supposed to come...
Saturday, March 1, 2014
Working hard in getting that pentatonic scale in hand. Practiced using it for little riffs during Over the Rainbow, using the scale on its Ebmaj form. Interesting. Trying to get used to all of the shapes of the pentatonic scale; explored using it in some contexts.
Went over repertoire. Looking forward to learning a new song after the March gig.
Learned shape #3 out of 60 in the Western Swing book.
Reviewing old Charlie Christian stuff. Started (again) the solo to "Poor Butterfly" in the Charlie Christian book.
Friday, February 28, 2014
To try tomorrow:
Soloing over "What a Wonderful World" using the minor pentatonic scale for minor chords, and the major pentatonic scale (three intervals towards the tuning pegs up from where the minor pentatonic scale would be) for major chords. Stay tuned.
Thursday, February 27, 2014
1) The three repertoire songs. Will add to repertoire after a March gig.
2) The two major scales in the Western Swing Book.
3) Adding to my knowledge of the Western Swing Licks. Know two so far, one of which can be used prior to a chord change. The b7 note helps lead to a chord change. I'm working so far out of what looks like a major chord form with the root on the E string(s).
4) Learning scale tones:
A) Memorizing one line when the root is on the low E string, and extrapolating from that.
B) Memorizing one line when the root is on the A string, and extrapolating from that.
5) Three Charlie Christian shapes: two of which for a minor chord, and one for a 7th chord.
6) The Charlie Christian "Six Appeal" solo.
7) Learning the Charlie Christian "Poor Butterfly" solo with its forms.
8) Learning to recognize keys by looking at the measure which lists the shaps and flats.
9) Learning the chords associated with each key. What helps me in this is remembering the major scales on the piano, and utilizing the formula in the Western Swing book.
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
So much to learn! So much to memorize: Charlie Christian leads, Charlie Christian chord forms, Western Swing Licks, Repertoire. Getting jumbled. Maybe there's an easier way to memorize scale tones on leads: using an older book that helps learn the fingerboard ("Guitar Fretboard Workbook" by Barrett Tagliarino).
Addendum: After looking at that book, I decided that although it looks great, it's not where I'm at right now. I think that in order for me to better learn the relationships between scale degrees and chord forms, I'll try to make my own diagram.
• Played Repertoire
• Played "Sax Appeal" solo. Reviewed its forms.
• Worked on Lick #2 in the Western book. Reviewed Lick #1. Reviewed the three major scale forms in the book.
• Started work on the "Poor Butterfly" solo. Worked on the major chord form. Why don't the forms seem to match to the solo?
• Still debating on memorizing scale numbers on the Charlie Christian forms.
Wasn't really into practicing today.
Sunday, February 23, 2014
Practiced songs, my first Western Swing Lick, and the "Six Appeal." Mostly spent time learning two scale forms as shown in the Western book. One more scale form to go until Lick #2. Also, will need to start working on the new Charlie Christian solo for the song "Poor Butterfly."
Saturday, February 22, 2014
Guitar in hand throughout a lot of today.
•Finally finished the "Six Appeal" solo, and on to the next one. Still needs some work, though, of course.
•Went over repertoire. Might have a twenty minute gig in March playing chord melody stuff with my friend who will play ukalele and bass.
• Started the Western Swing book, and I'm on page 7. Learned one lick; only 59 to go! Learned a scale too.
Struggling with lead improvising. Wondering how all the pieces of the puzzle that I'm learning will fit into a cohesive whole while attempting to improvise over a song's changes. Wondering just how necessary it is to learn where the scale tones are (ex: the 3rd, 7th, etc.) of the forms I'm utilizing with the Charlie Christian stuff.
Very satisfied with how the chord melody stuff is coming along, and again, a huge thank you to Robert Conti and his "Assembly Line" book for making this possible for me.