Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Practice, etc.

Went over repertoire, adding "What Child is This?" to the list. Added another pattern to my improv stuff. Playing a very small Christmas gig at a coffee house December 23rd.

Dec 17

Last known pic of John and Paul (1974, with Harry Nielson)

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

December 16

Went over repertoire. Also went over some patterns that can be used in a major key in improvs AND IT SOUNDED GOOD!!

Monday, December 15, 2014


Went over repertoire; received email that my new book was shipped. 

(Before) picture of Marlon Brando.
(After makeup) picture of Don Vito Corleone

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

Marc Silver

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

A Nice Night

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

Jamey Aebersold

Just might return to book 1 (adapted for guitar).

Great News

Rock and roll band back together. Bassist asked to rejoin. Watched a bit of Jamey Aebersold's "Anyone Can Improvise" DVD and found it interesting.

No More Rock and Roll Band

Yesterday got the news that our bass player no longer wants to be in the rock and roll band. Shocked. I'll hopefully still do some jazz with him. 

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Back & Forth

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


A weird music day. Got into some Mickey Baker stuff, and played my repertoire. But looking at another possible book that teaches improv...............

Using this website

Here's a great website that I'll be using to help with the Mickey Baker book:

Monday, December 8, 2014

Mickey Baker. Decision Made.

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.

Mickey Baker

Thinking of not using the Aebersold book but getting down to serious business with the Mickey Baker's called "Mickey Baker's Jazz Guitar" (the blue one).