Thursday, July 31, 2014

Vegan Guitarist

Still doing the vegan thing, and walked my hour today...
Tired tonight...
Did practice repertoire, the five Aebersold major scale shapes, and two Awbersild minor scale shapes.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014


Exercising, eating well, taking better care of myself, and losing weight. 

Went over repertoire. In the Aebersold book reviewed the five major scale shapes, and two of the three minor scale shapes. 

Looking ahead a bit, I'm realizing that it'll be a challenge to connect the scales (for example, the two minor chord shapes I went over today) especially when not starting on the first note I'm used to starting on. Well, although it's  going to be a challenge and a long learning process, I'm liking the sound that I'm getting with the scales.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014


Well I continue to walk an hour a day and follow a vegan diet. One thing that I have asked my wife to do umis to hide snacks.

Well I should ask her to hide my jazz improv method books too. I always get tempted to switch methods; it happened with my piano learning too. I should ask her to hide all the books!

Went over repertoire; I realize in going slow on that, but that's ok. But I really should push myself to learn more of the Christmas song. 

Moved on in the Aebersold book to learning some minor scale stuff. Wondering how I will keep all this stuff in my brain!

Monday, July 28, 2014

Healthy and an Experiment

Healthwise, lost 5 pounds since last week!

Reviewed repertoire today. Tried something new with regards to improvisation. Tried utilizing a Charlie Christian type of chord shape in improvising over a major chord. Didn't quite work out well, but it was a worthwhile experiment! 

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Jamie Aebersold Volume 1

Must stop buying jazz learning books!

Went over repertoire today and ready to move into Dorian Minor shapes in the Aebersold book. Decided not to use the Negri book (at least for now) after all.

Continue to eat vegan and walk an hour daily. Made a delicious veggie pizza:

Happy Birthday, Son !

Son's 17th Birthday

Morning Walk Selfie:

Friday, July 25, 2014

Bye Bye Love

Had a little jam session with the other guitar player in the band. We did the great Everly Brothers' song, "Bye Bye Love." We are both on guitars with me singing lead vocal, and him singing harmony. Here it is: on #SoundCloud

Did my hour walk this morning and I'm following the diet very well! 

Morning Walk

A bit of cold temperature out this morning:

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Joe Negri

Continue to walk an hour and follow my vegan diet. Sixth straight day now.

I have a lot of books that teach jazz guitar improvisation. The trouble is sticking with one. One always seems to take the place of another. Well it happened again. 

Part of me wants to dig in and learn the details. Sometimes I'm tempted to learn the old fashioned way and learn licks and others' solos. Sometimes I want to learn scales. But I just got a new book and I will be diving into this one.

It's called "A Common Sense Approach to Guitar Improvisation" by Joe Negri, compiled and edited by Tim Bedner. There is not a lot of info/reviews about it on-line, but it seems interesting. I'm going to try to learn from it. Improvisation to me can be quite intimidating and frustrating, so this "common sense approach" looks inviting. 

Went over repertoire today and started the Negri book.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

A Good One

A really good practice day. Went over repertoire and just about finished with the major scale patterns in the Aebersold book. A nice surprise was that the patterns kind of 'came back to me' though I stopped learning the patterns awhile ago.

Just some thinking aloud: was nice to just sit and play today... I think when I focus on just having fun while learning, and not put pressure on myself to get things learned inside and out, my enjoyment increases. Getting some sweet sounds practicing "The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)."

Sold my old amp and a pedal today so I ordered a hardshell case for my Epiphone es-339 Pro. I can say now that I am satisfied with my guitars. Really liking the Epiphones. And I really do not to shell out tons of money for a more expensive guitar. My stuff is fine. Only thing I can see possibly wanting in the future is a foot pedal to control my Roland Cube 60. But I'm in no rush.

Continuing my plant based diet and my hour walks, and it feels good.

Here's a picture of my good buddy:

Monday, July 21, 2014

A Good Day

Ate well and walked my hour this morning.
Had time to practice tonight: went over repertoire and finished learning the one octave major scale patterns. I think I'm really going to like this Aebersold book.