New Music Study Directions

OK. I did it. I made a change. I ended my enrollment at the Jimmy Bruno Guitar Institute.

March 12, 2010 · kengon · No Comments
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Fun With Chromatics!

Well, I find myself again apologizing. I have a real good excuse this time — I’ve been in Hawaii on vacation. Yes, it’s a tough job, but I find that I’m qualified to do it. Had a great time, now I’m getting my head back in the game of playing, working, etc. We’ve been talking […]

November 11, 2009 · kengon · No Comments
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The Music Lesson

OK. This won’t be a music lesson per se, so calm down… The Music Lesson: A Spiritual Search for Growth Through Music is actually a book by Victor Wooten. If you don’t  know who he is, he’s probably best recognized for his contributions as the bassist for the Flecktones (as in Bela Fleck and the […]

September 9, 2009 · kengon · 2 Comments
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Using Your Senses Makes Sense

As I’ve been returning to guitar and taking on studying jazz, I’ve found that I’m bringing together a number of different elements to help enhance my capabilities. For example, in my efforts to (re-)learn the fretboard, I’m approaching this from several directions: Sight reading Ear training Chord construction

September 2, 2009 · kengon · No Comments
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(Jazz) Tunes That Players *Must* Know

In the opening paragraph of the preface to David Baker’s book “How To Learn Tunes” (Jamey Aebersold Jazz), he quotes Barry Harris (from Jazz Changes, www.jazzcontinuum.com): “I can go to any part of the country, meet good musicians and we could play as if we had played together all of our lives, and the only […]

August 23, 2009 · kengon · No Comments
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Peak Experience, Part Deux

Ever since that first experience of “channeling” (I’ll let that stand, until I find a better way to describe it), I’ve wanted to experience that again. Unfortunately, it’s not happened. As a result, over the years, I’d gone from being enthusiastic about it to being resigned to the fact that I’d never experience it again. […]

August 18, 2009 · kengon · 2 Comments
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Operating Principles for Guitarists

I started thinking about what were the key operating principles at play in my return to music that a guitarist could use as guidance in how to approach music and their instrument of choice. While this is titled “for Guitarists”, I think that most of these are applicable to any instrument and something that any […]

August 11, 2009 · kengon · 2 Comments
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