Thursday, January 19, 2017
Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Monday, January 16, 2017
Saturday, January 14, 2017
Looks like our band is starting to get into gear with regards to publicity. Had a meeting with our band leader today, and we ironed out some things. Also rehearsed some stuff with him on keyboard and me on my Casino guitar.
Also continued to move on in my Susman piano material.
Just having a little typical angst with regards to piano vs. guitar. Every once in awhile I get into the guitar again....
Friday, January 13, 2017
• Offered an official paying band gig. Will be playing it in March with two other band members. I'll be on guitar. Have picked up the guitar again and I'll be playing more of the guitar in order to get ready for this gig.
• I see no reason why that should preclude me spending time learning the piano. Went back to the piano today and continue to work on "What Child is This?" I finished lesson 2 of it.
• Trying still to be be more healthy, but the weight is being very clingy with regards to leaving.
Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Sunday, January 8, 2017
Started working on Susman's arrangement of "What Child is This?" Tempted to try to learn more on guitar, but I want to keep up the piano challenge. Maybe work on guitar but not as seriously as the piano. I find that there's only so much time I can play the piano; there's that point when I learn a passage but I don't want to go on and learn too much too quick. Maybe during those times I can pick up the guitar.
So far, everyday this year, I've walked more than 10,000 steps daily as exercise.
Friday, January 6, 2017
Started by looking at a DVD I had regarding learning fingerpicking guitar. Got me into it, but then I travelled to my piano and got into the piano again.
I definitely think that it's time to move to the next song in the Susman material. But I should watch the whole video series to make sure I'm doing things correctly.
I could definitely still work on increasing the tempo on my piano play.
Wednesday, January 4, 2017
Just a little of piano playing today. Did order the piano improvisation book.
Was thinking of getting another book to read just for the heck of it, and settled on the Stephen King book, "It." Read "The Shining" many many years ago and loved it. Really liked "Pet Semetary." Read "Salem's Lot" after "The Shining," and was a letdown; seemed just a vampire story to me.
Still maintaining healthy habits.
Tuesday, January 3, 2017
Monday, January 2, 2017
Watched "Rocky Balboa" again and loved it.
Continue to work on Susman material. Wondering if I should work on piano improvisation also. Found a book that might help with that. It's that songs like "Oh Christmas Tree" are so beautiful, yet short, and therefore an improvisation in the middle of the song would be a great thing.
Sunday, January 1, 2017
The "Oh Christmas Tree" song done with the Bill Susman arrangement is just beautiful. I'm done figuring out the whole song, and I really want to get it in my hands.
Received a Fitbit2 for Christmas, and I've been getting in my 10,000 daily steps. Difficult to stay on course with the diet when there is so much delicious food here from a New Year's Day party!
NEW YEAR !!!!!!!