May 26th, 2014
A few months ago, our family purchased a digital piano for an up and coming musician in the family. I decided that learning to play the piano really was on my bucket list (even though I despise the term "bucket list" and loath the idea of putting of goals until later). So here are some early videos of my progress. Someday, I'd like to play the Game of Thrones theme song like a pro.
May 26th, 2014
November 4th, 2014
A while back, I sat down with my father's guitar and created an impromptu guitar lesson. There are a few errors, since I was working without a script. At one point, you may notice I claim to be playing the A minor scale, but I'm on the wrong string. If you hang in there, I correct the mistake. I also refer to practicing intervals when I am really practicing sequences.
I've been playing guitar for a long time. After the most recent Crossfire gig, I felt inspired to get serious about practicing again. For the last couple of years, I only opened the case at weekly band practice--coasting on the result of my heavy(six to twelve hours a day) practice years back in the day.
At GIT, I purchased a t-shirt that said "Learn to Burn" and wore it until it fell to pieces. That was my philosophy and routine; practices scales and riffs until till crystal clear and ridiculously fast. But what about chords? I learned the theory and a collection of shapes I needed to play rock and roll.
But the desire to address this shortcoming remains with me. So it is with great pleasure I post the first link in my quest to fill my musical resume and skill set. A You Tube search brought me to an Italian guitarist named Dario Cortese. In this video, he introduces the CAGED method. It's a great way to learn the fretboard, for both cords and soloing. I've already stepped out of my comfort zone. Bye bye power chord, hello musical sophistication.