Still getting more familiar with Stella By Starlight. I have the chord progression memorized but, as you can hear in this recording, I am still unsure, or at least I feel unsure about what I'm doing. You will hear some places where I stumble. And if you are jazz player you will hear some place … Continue reading Learning Stella
Michael Brecker I started playing the alto sax in the 6th grade. I seemed to be naturally good at it or at least drawn to it. The first day I got it I played it for hours not knowing anything about the saxophone. In the seventh grade, I was introduced to the baritone sax and … Continue reading One of My Favorite Players
Before joining the Navy I wanted to be a jazz composer. Somehow the Navy changed that direction. Anyway, this is a song I wrote, while still in high school actually, was for a girl. I hadn't even met her yet. She was going to the college I was headed to. Her name was Joyce. We … Continue reading A Song For Joyce
I have been practicing for almost 3 months. I am making some progress. It takes me much longer to learn a tune nowadays, but I can still learn. I have read that people who play musical instruments are constantly increasing synaptic function in the brain. So playing music is good for you. So, here is … Continue reading Have You Met Miss Jones?
Here is a little something I was fooling around with. Might make a pretty good song some day. I call it, "Here With Us."
https://soundcloud.com/tony-lovette-tate/helen-on-my-mind My Mom is always on my mind. These notes remind me of her.
Scales Necessary for Improvisation Scales? I remember when I was in high school, learning scales was the last thing on my mind. I would only learn the ones that were required for all-district band tryouts, and subsequent competitions. My junior year in high school we got new band directors; two sax players and one trombone … Continue reading Scales
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