Lesson Three…

Went for my THIRD lesson with Ron Eschete yesterday! Oh my. It’s been GREAT and INTENSE!

You want to know the funniest thing about it? I’ve now completed my third lesson and I’ve not really even PLAYED my guitar during our sessions. Hilarious, I tell you! I keep thinking that I “should” be playing more, but that urge quickly passes. I am playing more overall and am making good strides at regaining my technique.

What we’re working on reinforces that music is what I really need to be working on. I’m not studying with Ron to be a better guitar player (per se) — I’m studying with him to be a better musician. The core of what he’s helping me to do is get a working appreciation (and capability with) orchestration and arranging. It’s affecting me at a pretty fundamental level, as it’s having me listen to music differently. I’m visualizing what others would be playing and how that comes together to form a more coherent whole. I’m also using that to shape the lines that I play or the chords that I choose to play for a given tune.

One of the things that I’m doing that is proving to be quite useful is using Rahph Patt’s (RIP, Ralph) Vanilla Book for some of my work in this area. [BTW, if you’re not familiar with it, it’s worth taking the time to check it out!] Why? There are a number of tunes that I am trying out various devices and reharmonization strategies on. For this reason, starting with vanilla changes is ideal! No extensions or dealing with something someone else has done. I get to work it exactly as I like it. The benefit of using a lead sheet that someone else has done is that I get to compare and contrast. Look to see what they did and examine why. It’s just great fun. There’s lots of goodness in the approach.

I’m seeing a whole new world of opportunities come out of just a few hours spent with a true master musician. Worth every dollar I spend and minute I invest. There’s so many directions I can take things, it’s insane. I video the sessions (for my own use only, so don’t ask for copies, thx) and review them regularly. Every time I do, I find something else new that causes some new thing to try out or investigate. Every time I go to hear him live, I hear new things that he tries on well worn songs. It’s fantastic. Yes, he’s got his own favorite collection of licks, tricks and moves, but he’s always pushing things a little beyond where he went before. That’s one of the things that I appreciate most about his playing.

I’ll spend the rest of my life working on what I’m uncovering here… and I’ll have a great time doing it too! It’s really inspired me and it couldn’t come at a better time.

August 23, 2010 · kengon · No Comments
Tags: , , , , , ,  · Posted in: Music

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to post a comment.