Friday, February 27, 2015

Honey Pie II

• Burned 357 calories on exercise bike for 1/2 hour.
• Practiced with the Gypsy Jazz band tonight; we tried two new songs, one of which I sing: the Beatles' "Honey Pie." Also, went out on the limb and played an improvisation using some of Silver's stuff in the other new song: "Putting on the Ritz." Sounded ok!
• I think I got all five of Silver's patterns known.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Silver book

Burned 356 calories on the exercise bike for 1/2 hour.

I am back into the Silver book, full force. Went over the patterns today and experimented with them and their relationship with each other. One challenge for me is to integrate the patterns in the context of a song.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Silver Book

Burned 378 calories on exercise bike for 1/2 hour.

I think that tonight I will venture into an improvising method book that I used in the past. 

Restarted Marc Silver's "Contemporary Guitar Improvisation." Read the beginning material and went over first two patterns.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Shapes 1 and 2

I thought of maybe changing to a different method book that I tried in the past; tried it, and didn't like where it was going. Just have to learn to be patient with what I have been working on.

I continue to work on perfecting shapes 1 and 2 in the Ellis book. I still do not feel comfortable enough to move on to shape 3.

Burned 376 calories riding the exercise bike for 1/2 hour.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Shapes 1 and 2

Still trying to get Shapes 1 & 2 and their associated scales and arpeggios perfect before moving on to Shape 3. 

Road exercise bike for 1/2 hour, and burned 350 calories. Lost 24.6 pounds since January 5; that's an average of about 3.51 pounds lost per week since January 5.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Shapes 1 and 2

All day practiced the various ins and outs involved in Shapes 1 and 2 in the Ellis book. Also revisited the chord melody versions of "Over the Rainbow" (which we may end up doing at an upcoming gig), and "If I Fell." 

On the exercise bike for an hour today, I burned 757 calories. 

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Snow Saturday

Snowy Day. Had to do some traveling. Bad diet day; no exercise. Did some guitar work on pattern 2 in the Ellis book.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Rehearsal Evening

A fairly good rehearsal night with the band for our St Patty's Day gig. Played some Irish songs.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Honey Pie

Here's a fun version of an old Beatles song that I recorded with my 13 year old daughter:
Up to p. 8 in the Ellis book.

Burned 373 calories riding the exercise bike for 1/2 hour.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Shape 2

On to p. 7 in the Ellis book and Shape 2. Got feedback from a guitar player on a forum that it's ok to not memorize the material on p. 6.  Back to having some success memorizing p. 7.

Burned 365 calories riding the exercise bike for 1/2 hour.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Shape 1

Burned 328 calories on the exercise bike this morning. Having some difficulty memorizing the exercises related to Shape 1 in the Ellis book. But I'm getting there. Any progress is good progress. 

Monday, February 16, 2015

Ellis Book

Will stick with the Ellis book. It has scales too. Still working on first pattern stuff. Burned 366 calories on the exercise bike in 1/2 hour.

Sunday, February 15, 2015


Burned 723 calories riding exercise bike for an hour. Didn't progress much in the Ellis book. Saw (actually saw it awhile ago but saw it again today) a YouTube video of a guy who seemed to stress target notes and scales. So yes I'm thinking of going back to the Arbersold book.

Rockability Sensibility

Its 5:05 AM and I keep repeating that line in my mind....."Rockability Sensibility,"!"Rockability Sensibility...." to an old rockabilly song that doesn't actually contain that lyric.....

Halloween, 1908