I was trying to hold out and see who blinks first and posts something. Looks like I blinked.
I had a nice experience yesterday. I had intended to spend an hour working on the first couple of bars of a well known Jazz Blues, "Billie's Bounce." This is a Charlie Parker bebop tune with some tricky syncopation and fingering. At the end of the hour I had the whole 12 bars down. It still needs practice, but I have it memorized.
This wouldn't be a real big deal for most, but it was quite a surprise to me. It would take me days and days to learn and memorize even the simplest of John's studies in "Jazzin' the Blues." So, something positive is occurring. I'm not talking high level guitar playing here. But it's not particularly easy either. And I think memorizing tunes is good for my old brain.
I'm getting the urge to record something. I'd better go lie down until I come to my senses.
Bad week for me, busy with everything else except guitar playing. Actually I guess that makes it an "average" week lol. Those two stereo speakers I got for Christmas multiplied into a surround sound system, and I didn't want speaker wires running all over the living room floor so I routed them through the floor into the basement, which is finished so I had to install a bunch of those wire channels to hide the wires along the top edges of the walls. Surprisingly time consuming
I built the speaker stands myself too lol.
Anyhow on the guitar front, I worked a bit on switching between minor and major scales while improvising over a 12 bar blues backing track - this week's project will be to expand from box 1 to box 2. I tend to play up and down the fretboard, as opposed to staying in one position, so I think that will make it much more suitable for my habits.
I hope to get into that new "Modern Blues Soloing" course a bit more, I'm just watching the videos at this point. The first lesson was the "composite" blues scale and lydian and mixolydian modes, lesson 2 gets straight into the half-whole diminished scale, then it's altered dominant and lydian dominant scales. Yeah, I should have that all learned by the end of the week
Last Edit: Jan 27, 2020 6:43:13 GMT -6 by jack1982
I'm worse at what I do best And for this gift I feel blessed Our little group has always been And always will until the end
Jack, you're right - we should be better at checking in...
I've had a couple of lessons in a new class, where we are four students together. I signed up mainly to play with other people, and I have a feeling it's going to be good. It involves transcribing and working on our favorite songs, so I will work on "Need your love so bad" for next week.
I also slowly started to build up/dust off my chord vocabulary to jump into the Joe Pass book - I plan to take irregular lesson with John working on that book. Maybe it's too much, I'll see...
Post by wannaplayblues on Jan 31, 2020 3:36:07 GMT -6
I completed a good week on Guitar Aerobics - week 1 down, 51 to go
Working on new song covers with the band - and our first official gig is end of March at present. 15min set.
Finally, bought a course on that "genuine flames" site - guitar rhythm fake book 1. Basically, classic rhythms of well known blues tracks and how to play them. I'd like to be working on rhythm daily in a blues sense.
Still trying the improv stuff. Some days better than others.
"I hear you talkin' son, but you 'aint sayin' nothin'" - Will McFarlane quoting Muddy Waters hearing a really fast guitar player