Back To Basics, Only Different

My first lesson (again) with Ron Eschete was today.  It was a real treat and I had a good time. I felt like I learned more about playing in the hour I spent with him than I have in decades!

July 25, 2010 · 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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(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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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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