Vacations (an excerpt): Our biggest family trips would take place in the summer when we would travel to Piarnu, Estonia, which was located on the coast of the Baltic Sea. Piarnu had some of the most picturesque beaches that I had seen with the crystal clear water washing against the bright yellow sand on the shore. Similarly, the Laurentian mountains in Quebec in December gave an idyllic view of winter paradise where the gently falling light snow caressed and enveloped the pine trees before falling and rolling on the steep covered hills. The Smoky mountains in Tennessee in the middle of October, captivated the travel...
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 ...
Jazz Me Up: Had an ear infection and was out of commission for a while. It sucked not hearing a thing. My right ear was totally blocked and my left ear was in and out. Ever since I was helping out with the recovery down in New Orleans right after Katrina, I've had nothing but problems with my ears. Before that, I could count the ear problems in my lifetime in one hand.....definitely not a problem I had. The ears popped the other day and although they keep popping in and out, I'm able to work on my music again.
I had been working on some smooth jazz with some Grammy winning artists adding their flavor ...