Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Monday, December 15, 2014
Sunday, December 14, 2014
A nice day playing with the band for the Make a Wish Foundation.
Later played my repertoire at home through the amp with the fireplace and Christmas lights on. Also recorded a little Christmas solo:
Saturday, December 13, 2014
Practiced today with the band mostly for Christmas Eve Mass. Ordered Marc Silver's "Contemporary Guitar Improvisation" book/CD package. Why not reiterate again: I want to improvise! Playing in the band for the Make a Wish Foundation tomorrow.
Friday, December 12, 2014
Played some Christmas music for older folks tonight. Was ok, but what was particularly touching was the performance by a specific singer.
On Sunday our band will be playing for a holiday celebration for the Make a Wish Foundation. Well tonight, a 12 year old girl with a brain tumor sang the most beautiful version of "Blue Christmas" ever.
Thursday, December 11, 2014
Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Went over repertoire. Continue to work on the Baker book. Wonder if I should continue with the Baker book, use the Aebersold book, or give the one book book that I've been looking at a chance.
I want to learn to improvise over chord changes. The first half of the Baker book seems to focus on learning jazz chords which I can already kind of play already. Actually I "fake"them now. But I'm just wondering if it's just worth it spending so much time on learning chords that I can already mostly play when the time might be better spent on practicing what I really want to do, which is improvising.
Tuesday, December 9, 2014
Monday, December 8, 2014
Decision made. Will utilize the Mickey Baker book. And that's it. It is jam packed with stuff and it seems to be a great course that is broken into 52 chapters (one per week). I think he'll be discussing practicing two hours a day, and I really don't see that happening; however this is it. No more pondering if methods. I mean it this time! Started chapter 1 today.