3 New songs up!: I have 3 new songs up on Reverbnation : 'Are You With Me' 'Western Lights' and Giants' at www.reverbnation.com/michaelfarrell or just click on the banner below:
hope you have a chance to listen. Many thanks, Michael...
On A Life In Jazz Guitar Playing.: Starting in the mid 60s it was all rock for me with Cream and Jimi Hendrix great musical inspiration. Since 1966 I had had the most wonderful guitar teacher (Diane Whitcomb) who insisted I learn to read, chord solos, and study my exercises so that the following week I could play them as perfectly as I could (which was not very God Damned perfect at all!). In 1971 she and her boyfriend at the time (a great guitarist now in Seattle Washington named Fred McCall) took me to the big jazz guitarists hangout at Donte's in North Hollywood to see Joe Pass. She pointed out who was who in the audience th...
My Daily Guitar Practice Routine and Philosophy: My lifelong goal has been to master the guitar and to improvise and explore new areas and especially to avoid
repeating my self or what Larry Coryell calls 'finger patterns'.
My 3 parts in practicing consist of:
1. Rudiments - Technical maintenance and expansion including chords.
2. Expansion exercises I wrote for myself.
3. Exploration & conceptual improvisational exhaustion.
Mostly I improvise to the Jamie Aeborsold play to records starting medium tempo. Also on my exercises I start with
3 note studies (double not exercises) without the use of the metronome (and breaking up ...