I blame this article about the Fender Jazzmaster from last week for getting me into this train of thought. It made me wonder that the hell a Jazzmaster was, and then about electric guitars in general. I made a mistake last Saturday night, when I stopped thinking and went to ask those questions. More than … Continue reading Way Out of My League: a newbie browses the world of electric guitars
Life's done that pesky intervening thing and I've had to scale back my ambitions a bit. Too many changes at work and too much to prep for in the next few weeks has made me change my plans regarding music study and performance art. I'm taking a short break from crazy (thankfully), but now I … Continue reading Biting Off More Than I Can Chew, or, how to make a REALISTIC practice plan.
My Copy: 9780470584774 (image from bn.com) I think we all have that book on a shelf where we wonder, "did I really need to get that book, and how many more years will it sit there before I read/get rid of it?" Well, I wish like hell I'd read Clarinet for Dummies a lot sooner--I'd … Continue reading Clarinet for Dummies, by David Etheridge
I had a pretty simple plan tonight: I'm on security watch, and came in rather early to say Hi to people I hadn't been around in a while. After that, I'd stay out of the way and watch some YouTube videos to help me out with guitar basics. Maybe it's that I'm so short and … Continue reading First Adventures in Guitar Practice: Broken strings and tuning troubles
I hate how I get in the determined mood to do something, or re-do something, and suddenly I'm sick. But I've said that one before, so I won't re-hash it. My throat is finally doing better. I haven't been sneezing or coughing nearly as much (and if I do, it's first thing in the morning … Continue reading Tonsillitis is (mostly) gone; Time to pick up my licorice stick and (gulp) relearn to play…
My copy: 9781435144699 (image from amazon.com) When I made the informed decision to go insane and re-learn all this stuff about music I'd forgotten over the past 20 years(ish), I knew I'd have to have some help from at least one book to get me figuring out how much I really didn't know. So glad … Continue reading Reading Music: A Step-By-Step Introduction to Understanding Music Notation and Theory, by Marc Schonbrun
Ideally, this week would've been perfect to start trying my new schedule out. But as I've barely been able to keep my eyes open and my throat from trying to cave in on itself the past three days, yeah, that just wasn't going to happen. Dammit. When I could sit and read more than a … Continue reading Best Laid Plans: Stumbling back into the arts, one book, class, & practice session at a time…