Friday, 20 August 2010

And in related news - I'm having a Les Paul built ...
Taking it slow, and really trying to nail the 2 5 1  arpeggios / melodies etc.  No rush.

Wednesday, 2 June 2010

The deed is done, video of Satin Doll chord-melody, comping and 2 choruses of soloing - complete with clams a plenty - submitted.  Annoyed with myself due to general hamfistedness, that this is the tune I've played probably longer than anything else, and I was suffering from acute Red Light Fever - this borne about struggling with using a Mac Mini for video recoding for the first tine (actually editing was the hardest part, iMovie was more counter-intuitive than I realised).

Thursday, 27 May 2010

Seemingly every time I think I've nailed it I review the Satin Doll lessons and think "Woah ! Wrong chord !" or something similar.  I am getting a bit jaded with this tune - I need to record a video and move on a bit ...

Tuesday, 6 April 2010

Rolling on ....

More Satin Doll in the JBGI interegnum.

Working on Melodies via arpeggios, and adding chromatic notes, especially on Dom7 chords.

Tuesday, 16 March 2010

Click !

Bit of an epiphany, went back and reviewed the Satin Doll lessons, and just followed the shapes.  Simples !

Wednesday, 10 March 2010

Motivation ...

Slipped back again (another flu-like bout isn't helping)

Need to go back do those 5 shapes in 12 keys ....

Tuesday, 9 February 2010

Gig tonight

Had a good workout last night, picked a few Real Book tunes and played along and solo'd.  I was pleased.

Octave toight, King's Langley ex:Serviceman's club, J20 M25 - come one come all !

Wednesday, 3 February 2010

Ouch !

That's 2 evenings back-to-back, and first proper playing since mid December.  My fingers hurt !

Monday, 1 February 2010

Practice, practice, prac.....

Spend a gentle hour yesterday using different pitch collections and different positions to solo over the inevitable SD.  Feels like it's finally coming together.

Monday, 18 January 2010

Well that was fun !

More so than usual.

Learned a couple of new tunes - Sidney Bechet's Petite Fleur (very similar to Autumn Leaves), and The Duke's In a Mellow Tone (interesting opening 251 -with the 2 Dominant Bb7  / Eb7 / AMaj).

Always a reason not to practice ...

I think I've now removed all Geekery distractions (finally !)  - so my Mac can now record webcams.  Now I need to knuckle down for my Satin Doll assignment !  Back to Anarchy workshop tonight - first real playing session since 2 weeks before Christmas.

Monday, 4 January 2010

Still not 100%

This is becoming a medical bulletin !

PC rebuilt, and the forecast dump of snow this evening means I'll probably not venture out and can put in some practice.