Monday, April 24, 2017


I guess it's ok to want to sound really good. However, I may have work to do when it comes to expecting perfectionistic learning. 
What I mean is that it is too easy for me to respond to a mistake made while practicing with a judgement that I'll never remember what I need to. But the progress I'm making (admittedly slow) is proof that I'm getting somewhere.

Piano / Guitar / PIANO

Waiting for piano books to come in the mail, it's probably good that they haven't come in yet. Giving me more time to work on chord inversions work.

Tried learning and applying chord Melody stuff to guitar; I got that out of my system; it didn't go too well! 

Proceeded to get back on the piano and I'm finding that  I am actually making progress with the first major chord inversions. 

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Jazz Tea

Played guitar and sang a little for a Jazz Tea get together. It was actually a paying gig ($40 each!) and it went well. 
Practiced my major chord piano voicings, and got intrigued with some stuff I read about chord melody guitar playing. Enjoyed a friend's recording of Handel's "Gavotte."

Saturday, April 22, 2017


Worked on major chord inversions today.
So what's it going to be? Am I in the long haul with these lessons or what? I think so. Still get that mental block of 'I'm never going to get thIs," or "stick to guitar and just have fun with it." So the piano learning is yes, work work, wirk. What if I give the lessons a year and assess where I am then? I'll have less money, but I'll have more knowledge of where I am musically. Now I can leave the lessons and buy another toy (an acoustic guitar) with the money I would have spent on lessons, but I don't think that would help me progress musically. I already have an acoustic guitar! It may not be anywhere near a Martin, but what skills will I have on a Martin that I wouldn't have with the guitar I have now??
I'm sticking with the piano lessons and I'm just going to try to trust the process while I just focus on the work.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Piano Lesson I

Went really well! I got my work cut out for me. Learning about voicings and that different ones go with what the player decides. Work to do.

Thursday, April 20, 2017


This is it. Piano Eve. The evening before my first piano lesson with my new Skype teacher. Here we go!
Hoping that the Skype system works well. I have a feeling that for this to work, I need to be ready to not only put in the work, but also be ready to put in the work when the honeymoon is over and frustration might kick in. 

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Monday, April 17, 2017


My wife, your's truely, and our youngest after I played guitar and sang some at the Easter Mass yesterday:


Friday, April 14, 2017

Tick Tock Tick Tock

Setting up out instruments tomorrow morning to get ready to play two Easter Sunday Masses. Then we'll have a rehearsal.
Tick Tock; a week from today will be my first piano lesson. Ordered two books per my teacher's suggestion. 
Watched "The Fellowship of the Ring" tonight with my son who is home for Easter. Enjoyed it, but my son is Really into it. I felt like someone who probably is watching The Godfather for the first time; confused, but liking it. 


Thursday, April 13, 2017

Huge Step Taken

Decided to study piano via Skype. This is my last shot at piano. Been messing around trying to teach myself using various methods, and this time I'm going to surrender the method to the teacher, and just focus on what he wants me to do. Highlights of tonight's talk with him: 

• Told him my goals are to play jazz and pop from fakebooks with some improvisation.
• He said I'm not too old to do this.
• Even told him my big goal is to be able to play in restaurants.
• He wants the learning of some music reading to be part of the process.

Let's do this.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Huge Step

Pursuing piano lessons using skype. Stay tuned. 

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Yea, so . . .

Yea so it's like this. Not giving up on piano. However, may be going a different route. Maybe jazz piano isn't my thing. Maybe more of a pop approach? May use Mark Harrison material?

Monday, April 10, 2017

Me & Zoey on her 8th Birthday

Zoey had seen better days. She has cancer, and having trouble using her front right paw. Here we are on her eighth birthday today:



Practiced improv book and "What Child is This." Is there a better way of learning??????

Me, 1978