Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Monday, September 15, 2014

Slow, Patient, Practice

Not sure if I will get to practicing today due to my schedule. But yesterday I did something a little different with my practice of the Fewell book. Took my time. Didn't focus on quickly turning pages as much as slowly trying to absorb and internalize the material. The result was that I think I made progress in terms of better internalizing the material. Having the guitar in hand while using my mind to learn and internalize material is a good method for me in learning improvisation.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Gig Day II

Benefit gig for kids with cancer went well in terms of how we sounded; it's a shame though that turnout wasn't big at all. Didn't get through all the songs (see post below this one). One song that I particularly liked was the old Everly Brothers' song "Let it Be Me." I sing lead on it, and the other guitarist provides a wonderful harmony vocal.
Will soon be getting on the mail the book "Outside Music Inside Voices" by Garrison Fewell (the same author of the book I'm working out of to learn improv.). The one I recently ordered talks about improv and spirituality.

Today's gig setup:

Gig Day I

Yesterday went over repertoire and worked on some melodic extensions.
Today is gig day for our rock and roll band; playing at a benefit for kids with cancer. Here's the set lists ( *denotes songs I sing lead on or a lot of):

Blue Suede Shoes
Bad Moon Risin *
Lucille *
Come a Little Bit Closer
That's All Right Mama
Ain't Too Proud to Beg *
Land of 1000 Dances *
Twist and Shout *
Bless the Child (an original written by a band member) *

Midnite Special
Spooky *
All Shook Up *
Last Kiss *
Kiss the Girl
Pink Cadillac *
Bebopalula *
Don't be Cruel

White Sport Coat
Spider and the Fly
Midnite Hour *
High Heeled Sneakers
Shake Rattle and Roll
Secret Agent Man
Heard it Through the Grapevine *
Werewolves of London
    Bye Bye Love *
Hang on Sloopy/Louie Louie (Medley) *

Johnny B. Goode *
CC Rider
Suzy Q *
Let it Be Me *
I Saw Her Standing There *
Slow Down *
Little Sister *
Amazing Grace (House of the Rising Sun format)
Teach Your Children *

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Guitar Thursday

Another good guitar day. Went over repertoire, and dove again into Garrison Fewell's "Jazz Improvisation for Guitar: A Melodic Approach" book. 
Our rock and roll band had a fun rehearsal tonight in preparation for our Saturday gig. It's a gig benefiting kids with cancer. 

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

"The Christmas Song"

Well it needs work, but here's how it's sounding today:

Finished the song, yes, but still fighting with how to do improv. Worked aittle on a minor scale; tempted to go back to a book I started a while ago. 

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Another Good Guitar Day

Interesting and good day with the guitar. Worked on repertoire and also added to my chord melody knowledge of "The Christmas Song" utilizing Robert Conti's "Assembly Line." 

Just airtime talk about 'fear' is in order. Perhaps I didn't move on sooner in that song because of fear. Fear I couldn't handle it. So it's easier to stagnate thanto take  the risk. Well I confronted that today and I'm glad I did! It's sounding nice.

Also ready to move on in the Aebersold book.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Cool Beatles Picture

This looks like it was taken in some kind of time warp or something:


Guitar Agenda for Today

1. Review Repertoire
2. Experiment with Charlie Christian shapes. Maybe I can use these shapes as a basis for my improvs?
3. Continue to work on "The Christmas Song."
4. To the extent that #2 above is successful, utilize the Aebersold book.
5. Practice for Saturday's rock and roll gig.

Agenda (Other)

1. Clean gutters and try to get gutter guards.
2. Food shopping 
3. Buy stamps
4. Consider possibly working on basement; cardboard and CDs.

Well, here's how I did today with the above agenda items:

Regarding "Guitar Agenda," I did #1, #2 (my experiment did not work the way I may have liked), #3 (but did not learn anything new to the song), #4 (major scale shapes), and #5 (with a bandmate).

Regarding the "other" Agenda Items:

Successfully cleaned gutters and somewhat successfully installed gutter guards. Did #2 and #3, painted part of shed (with wrong kind of paint [!]), and painted address plate on our home. Did not do #4.

This Ray Rice / Baltimore Ravens / NFL stuff is not cool. 

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Really great guitar day

Felt good learning "The Christmas Song" (again). It's not done yet. Went over my repertoire; began relearning Aebersold scale forms. Felt like a good guitar day.
Philly Eagles were losing 17-0 in their season opener, then they stage a comeback to win in the second half. Good job, men!

Opening Day of Philly Eagles Football !

Saturday, September 6, 2014


Received sacrament of Penance at Church tonight, then played guitar at Mass. Practiced my chord melody songs, still in the wilderness at night without a light when it comes to improv. FSU Seminoles win tonight; Philly Eagles play game one of new NFL season tomorrow.