I’ve been preparing another concert in june, and here are two songs I could save from the show.
it’s another work shop I’m in, and we prepared 7 tunes, but not everything was listenable (equalisation pb, some players not ready etc…). The band is composed of a piano and a trumpet player. We also recently found a bass player, so the song will get more structured soon.
yet another adaptation from an Erik Satie piece: “Le tennis”.
Actually, we prepared two songs for an event around Erik Satie’s compositions. So here is song number two. The harmony is not as triky as the Comédie Italienne, but it’s still complicated to solo over some kind of funky groove.
It’s been a long time since my last post, due to different reasons. Some related to guitar, some not.
Concretely, I’ve been working -a lot- at home during my week-ends, and I suffered some kind of (left) wrist injury.
The pain in the wrist kept me from training on the guitar for some days. I suspected a carpal canal syndrome but fortunately it was not that bad.
Luckily enough I have a good osteopath close from home, and according to him he resat a small bone in the hand that was pressuring the median nerve.
After some few days of rest, my hand is better, even thought I still feel some discomfort on some positions on the guitar.
I’m still being very careful in putting as few pressure as possible on the neck. I try to control this parameter in every exercise I do.
Also the positions where the wrist is straight in the extension of the arm are the priority.
By the way, the pain occurred after working a lot on the low end of the neck (extended arm, twisted wrist …).
This has changed my approach of the instrument a bit. Relaxation is now a vital aspect of practice. I was feeling so desperate when I couldn’t play that everything aiming to good health of the hands, arms and back is now #1 concern.
So since my hand is feeling better, I’ve been working a bit on Doxy. You’ll hear the theme and the first bars of Miles Davis solo (listen to the great original here). Then a bit of comping, which is the tough part due to the wrist position.
-January was another great month for me, as I logged in 74 hours of guitar practice. It’s naturally never enough, but well, this is close to the maximum I can do considering my day to day job and the work I have to rearrange my house.
-I also made a concert and it was pretty ok. Big audience (500 persons) coming to see the students of the conservatory. We played 3 songs at the end of the concert.
Feed back was good.
-I also went to a jam session where I didn’t play. The called songs where more or less jazz/funk. I really like this style, but realized I would have been in real trouble if I had had to play with the band. This was quite a deception. But aswell, if I’m not ready yet, I shall include some kind of play over funky songs in my daily routine. Will do this if I can…
-Went to another jam session two days later, where we could more easily use chords charts, and I played a bunch of songs. As I was so deceit by the sensation of powerlessness of the previous jam session I went to that I tried to play only songs I didn’t know, in order to test my adaptation abilities. This was not great, but I manage decent comping I guess.
For solos I was a bit at loss, and couldn’t do anything really nice. But well, I was on stage doing my best.
-Practice wise, I’ve been preparing a lot for the concert mentioned above. As I stated in my previous post, I had to find some other voicing to fit in the mix, with a double bass player.
So the video bellow is an example of what I did to vary a bit the comping tone and try not to cross too much on the bassist’s register.
The song is the same as the previous video: Tive razao of Seu Jorge.
Hi everybody, and greetings for this new year ! May peace, health and happiness reach you and your families !
December have been a great month, as I managed 67 hours of guitar practice. Plenty of exercises, new tunes etc… This leads me to a total of 8621 hours left. Almost nothing ! But the pleasure of studying is here, so no worries, I’ll keep on.
I’m currently working on mostly two things: playing chords on the 4 highest strings, and targeting notes from the running chord.
Playing chords on the 4 highest strings is a necessity when you play with a bass player. What you do at home and on rehearsal is actually very different. While to make a tune sound good in your bedroom you need to add some bass to give it depth and structure, nothing of that will be heard in the mix whit a bass player. At home, I’m more générally in the bass-medium range. But this won’t work in a band. So I’ve been searching for the common chords (7th, minor 7th, half dim etc…) on the DGBE strings. I’ll post a video about that soon.
I’ve also been targeting notes (currently the fundamental) of the played chord in different song. Once comfortable with this, I’ll target the third, fifth and so on. I’s a great exercise to know the tune (which chord is played), know the neck (I target notes on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd strings mostly) and concentration in general. The following video is about this exercise. When a minor chord is played, I also play the flat third to emphasize the minor character of the chord, and I also play the major seventh when the chord is M7. Another way of working this targeting notes is to work inside of a scale position.
On this video, I work on a Seu Jorge song, called Tive Razao. The chords are Fm7 Em7 Ab7 DbM7 and Cadd. I try to stick to this sequence but also turn around the notes in order to stay musical.
I’m far from my one post a week rate proposition. Anyway, the important thing here which is playing guitar is still occurring. I manage steadily between 55 and 60 hours of practice a months. I don’t thing I’ll be able to log more time these days, at least while I’m doing work at home.
Here is a little solo on the ‘Oye como va’ sequence (Am D7). It’s not that easy to sound like Santana !