I just finished a really awesome lesson with an older student of mine and we had a conversation that really reinforced some things that I believe strongly when it comes to practice and what we should be practicing. One area in particular.
Now, I have gone through various phases of practice ideologies and schools of thought about practicing and I've wasted a *&^$ ton of time practicing things that didn't matter. What follows in this post is what I have settled on that works best for me and, honestly most people. Particularly people of a “certain age “who are not teenagers who have mountains of time to dedicate to practicing or learning how to practice. I Read More
I've played bass on a ton of wedding gigs (GB, casuals) and, while some folks may be to "cool" to do weddings my motto is 'If it's payin' I'm playing''. I actually like them quite a bit. Seriously, if you're just doing the sideman thing weddings are usually a lot of fun, pay fairly well and are one of those perfect places for you to network and get the stage time you need to figure out what works and what doesn't with your gear, etc. You're building your repertoire and, well, you could be digging ditches or doing customer service. Wait...if you're playing music you are doing customer service but that's another blog post entirely. These kinds of gigs are usually a pretty forgiving scene if you do a few things well. They can also be career stifling or even career ending if you do too many things wrong. Read More
My top 10 Favourite albums: Recap and observations I think this is the first time that I've participated in on of these "top 10" lists. I did so that I would 'force' myself to start writing in this blog again regardless if people were to read my blog posts or not. I just wanted to get into the habit of writing again if only in short bursts. Are all of the records that I mentioned on my list necessarily ones that I would take with me on a deserted island? Nah. But they are records that I have been around at some fairly significant periods of my life and when I thought about them brought enough "oh, yeah! That one!" to where I just put them down. I also wanted to follow some self-imposed criteria that went something like this: Read More
The Chronic is such a game changer that forever changed hip-hop. This record is to hip-hop what James Jamerson, Jaco Pastorius, Larry Graham and Victor Wooten are to the electric bass guitar. There's "this" thing and then when these guys come on the scene there is something completely different that changes the game in a way that makes it clear that anything that comes after it is clearly influenced by it. Read More