Wednesday, December 7, 2016


Practiced some different ways of remembering some of the Silver material.

What do I want to accomplish musically?

1) The ability to play the melody and improvise over jazz standards. To do this, I think I have to continue in the music reading book. To better learn improvisation, I think my best bet will be to continue to utilize the Negri book and Silver book. I might be taking a free course in improvisation but my heart doesn't feel in it.

2) I keep going back to wanting to play the piano. The Sudnow way.

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Church Christmas Gig

Church gig went well. Worked in the Negri book today.

Saturday, December 3, 2016


Played a charity gig with two other bandmates that went well. Got tempted again to get more into acoustic guitar stuff with a Martin guitar. (I do not have one).

My inability to take leads on simple Christmas songs is frustrating. Not giving up. Went through some material in the Negri book to help. Perhaps it would help to train my ear better with the "Improvising For Real" material?

Playing a benefit for a group in our Church tomorrow morning.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

The First of December

Continuing the healthy habits including reading of a book on practicing Mindfulness.
Frustrated on piano. Listened to some James Hunter's ("Carina") and got into music again. Worked a little on the Swing Guitar book; time to move forward in it.
Put my toes in the water with regards to songwriting. 
Saturday me and a couple band-mates will be playing a Christmas show for a charity, and Sunday me and the band will be playing a Christmas show for a Church event.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Wednesday Night

Today I accomplished all that I set out to do (as listed in a previous post). Getting some momentum back with regards to taking charge of my health, and it feels good. 
Looks like I'll be collaborating on a song writing project with my friend from high school.


Did lose 3.6 pounds since last week!

Wednesday Addendum


Wednesday Plan

1) Walk for 1/2 hour
2) Pray the rosary
3) Read Mindfulness book
4) Swing Guitar book
5) Try some of the Piano by Ear book

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Tuesday's Addendum

Was able to achieve all the goals I set for myself for today (as listed in the post below). So far, so good!
Also restarted reading my Mindfulness book. Also, received my Piano by Ear book in the mail today and it looks interesting.

Looks like I'm going to use the Piano by Ear book, but I would like to focus on using it for FUN !!!



1) Walk for about 1/2 hour total.

2) Organize music into:
     A) Religious
     B) Jazz Duet

3) Work on the Swing Jazz Book.

4) Work on an improvisation for one Jazz Duet song.

5) Do not mess up diet.

6) Pray the rosary.

Sunday, November 27, 2016


Spent most of the day in transit driving my son backache to college. 

Interesting music day: listened to "Geogaddi" by Boards of Canada, and the first two albums by The Band.

Tried playing "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" on piano using The Sudnow Method. Got through the first line or so. Sounded ok. Then I took out my chord melody guitar version, and was surprised that I was able to play through the whole song (even if I had to play it slowly and with mistakes).

The bit of trouble I have is that although I like the piano sound better, it is the guitar's language that comes easier to me. So do I put off the guitar? Put off the piano? Do I really hate the guitar? No. 

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Happy Day-After-Thanksgiving



Saw two great movies today: "The Last Waltz," and "Arrival." Saw "Arrival" at the theatre with my son; while we were gone, my wife set up our new Christmas tree.


Friday, November 25, 2016


I once heard an interview with Bruce Springsteen and he said, "There's more to life than what you see around." I know that. That is what I try to capture in my music. The instant I held my son for the first time. Charlie Christian knew it in his solos as did Louis Armstrong. There is more to life than iPhones, money worries, and taking out the trash. There is more joy in life than what we see in the daily rut of routines. Vince Guarldi felt it when he played the introduction to "What Child is This." Keith Richards knows it, as did Keith Moon. I think music offers that opportunity to listeners as well as creators the reminder that indeed, "there's more to life than what you see around."

Black Friday

Went over some of the reading book. Won't concentrate on how to read rhythms as much as reading where the notes are on guitar. Looking to get back into the Swing Guitar book.

Ordered a new book: by Lucinda Mackworth-Young:

"Piano by Ear: Learn to Play by Ear, Improvise, and Accompany Songs in Simple Steps"