Trying out the V16 Vandoren Metal mouthpiece. from Tony Tate on Vimeo. I really thought I had shared this video a long time ago. Somehow I uploaded it to Vimeo and forgot about it. The privacy settings were set so that only I could see it. I don't know what the reason was. So here … Continue reading The Vandoren Metal V16
Have a listen. I think you will like this. "It All Comes Back," A song by Tower Of Power, with Lenny Pickett, 1993. Another band I was introduced to by my high school band director was Tower Of Power. They are a band that features a full, very tight, badass horn section! And at that … Continue reading Tower Of Power
A New Experience While Practicing Sometimes when I'm practicing and my hand & ear connection is so good that it seems like my mind moves from where I normally perceive it being, which is my head, to my hands. It is as if I have become my hands and I can navigate through whatever I'm … Continue reading Becoming One
So I've been trying to attain some speed and technique and more accurately played rhythms and make more complete ideas. Jazz improvisation is not the easiest thing in the world, but, it is one of the most satisfying activities I have ever experienced in life. I will be forever learning I think. The tune is … Continue reading How High The Moon, Sort of
After I got my stitches out the other day I did some practicing. Would you like to take a wild guess as to what happened? If you guessed a new pain in the same hand, you guessed right. My thumb feels like it will break off at the second joint from the tip. I can't seem … Continue reading Taking it Slow
Hopefully, this will be one of the last times I write about my hand on this blog. I got my stitches out this morning. My hand feels 1000% better! I'm instructed to use lotion to massage the scar to soften the tissue. They also gave me another hand brace with a silicone insert inside to … Continue reading Look Ma, No Stitches!
It has been nearly two weeks since my carpal tunnel surgery. Up until today, I have not had that much pain. But boy is it turned on now! My hand hurts like hell! I am hoping it will be better when the doctor removes the stitches on Wednesday. In fact, I hope that I can … Continue reading My Hand Hurts Like Hell!
No complaints from the doctor about removing the bandage from my hand. And no complaints from me about my hand. I haven't had much pain at all. They gave me some exercises to do in order to help the healing process. My hand is still a little swollen, but not terribly. I am already able … Continue reading Healing
Tomorrow I have a follow-up appointment with the surgeon who performed my carpal tunnel release. I am going to have to explain why I did not follow his directions about not unwrapping my hand. It is not infected and it seems to be healing very well and very quickly. The reason I unwrapped it is … Continue reading Follow-up Doctors Visit
The doctor told me to leave it wrapped for a week, but I couldn't do it. Even though I covered it the best I could with a plastic bag the huge bandage the doctor had put on got wet in the shower. It was bedtime, and I was not gonna go to bed with a … Continue reading Post Surgery Workout