Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Thanksgiving Eve

Travelled a number of hours away in the bad weather to do some visiting of a relative. At his place, watched The Godfather II. Spending the night here with no guitar, but continued to read the Conti book and take notes to help the first couple of concepts sink in. I think the concepts are indeed sinking in, and I have a guess where he is going to go in the rest of the book: a challenging yet ultimately rewarding place if I stay committed to it. 

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Thanksgiving's Eve's Eve with "The Jazz Lines"

Expecting the first snow storm of the season to start late tonight. Played repertoire.
Started Conti's "The Jazz Lines" today, Lesson 1. I think this is going to be some hard work for me, but I'm hanging in there. Up to page 13.
My initial reaction to Conti's book: it's certainly not easy stuff for a guy on my level. It may be over my head, but I don't quite think so. It will definitely be a challenge, but I think if I am patient, expect some frustration, expect some confusion (about the parts over my head), but remain committed to this book, I might actually get somewhere when comes to the world of improvisation. I'll just have to understand that this is not easy stuff (for me, anyway), and I want easy than I should give up trying to learn how to improvise. Will hang in there!!

Monday, November 24, 2014

Robert Conti's "The Jazz Lines"

Received my new Conti material today. I'm up to Lesson 1! If this book is anything like his "The Assembly Line" book, then I am in for some great stuff!

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Repertoire Yet Again

Played repertoire today; looking forward to getting Robert Conti's "The Jazz Lines" possibly in the mail tomorrow.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

The Repertoire

Went through my repertoire and toying with the idea of adding to it.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Robert Conti Repertoire

Went over repertoire.

Christmas Music Practice

Practiced some Christmas stuff with some colleagues tonight. Had the opportunity to play some really nice background ballad chords to a wonderful singing accompaniment. The singer is just fantastic!

"The Jazz Lines" - Robert Conti

Ordered this Conti book today. Yea!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

The Plan

Will go back to 100% Robert Conti. Feels great! Played my repertoire tonight and helped a friend get ready to join our musical get together for Christmas Eve Mass.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Robert Conti

Ok here's the plan. Back to learning from THE man, Robert Conti. I like chord melody songs, so guess what? I've decided to keep playing them and learning them the Robert Conti way.
Also, will be ordering his book "The Jazz Lines" to learn improv. 

Tuesday, November 18, 2014


Ok so I tried some scale stuff and . . . let's just say it wasn't that great. Just confused as to how to learn improvisation. There's the scale approach and there's the Robert Conti approach of just learning licks and their applications as well as how to use the licks in an individualistic way. There's pattern approaches too. I haven't had too much luck with any approach and my chord melody stuff takes up a lot of time. 
I don't know. I think maybe the Conti approach is winning in my mind at this time. 

Monday, November 17, 2014

Taking a Bow

Major Change Now To Be Implemented

I'm going to put chord melody stuff on hold (for now, at least).  

Going to put jazz learning books on hold (for now at least).

Going to simply use some pattern learning of pentatonic stuff that might help with soloing in blues and songs in major keys. 

We'll see how this goes. I think I have an idea how to use it; it might be a simple yet powerful method.

Sunday, November 16, 2014


Practiced the Johnny Cash version of "Children Go Where I Send Thee" with six other singers/players. Went ok. 
Worked on some jazz standard songs with some of the band after that and I made mistakes.

Went over repertoire. Working in the Aebersold book, on the minor scale section. Wondering if I should give up chord melody songs for a year and focus....just really focus.....on improv.

FSU football wins yesterday against Miami, but Philly Eagles get a lesson in humility today from the Packers. 

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Good Music Day

Went over repertoire; just about done with the major scale forms in the Aebersold book; started the minor scale stuff. I like the way my ReverbNation stuff ( is going. Big practice tomorrow with about 8 people involved in trying out the Johnny Cash version of "Children Go Where I Send Thee." The plan is to practice some jazz afterwards with some of those participants.