I had another gig on May 2 with the Hot Peppers, in North Charleston. We played at the North Charleston Senior Center. It was some sort of middle of the day dance or art appreciation or something. It was a short performance. We only played from 3-4 PM. The audience seemed to have a good … Continue reading More Gigs
I played an actual gig last night! Shaggin' On the Cooper is a spring/summer event with a variety of bands to provide music for dancing on the Cooper River of Charleston, and other locations in the area throughout summer. The band, Hot Peppers were the first band of the season and I was right there … Continue reading Shaggin’ On the Cooper
So I've had my Drake mouthpiece for nearly a week. I like the sound but not sure how much I will like the mouthpiece. It's a challenge and very easy to use at the same time. Easy to get that great sound. Hard to get those high notes I like. Overall though, I do like … Continue reading Drake NY Jazz Mouthpiece
I love it and I hate it all at the same time. I love listening and I hate listening. I like playing it and I most definitely hate it. Why?!!! When I was young it was nearly impossible to tear me away from it. I wanted so badly to learn and be a good player. … Continue reading What Is It About Music?
Well it has been a while since I've posted here. If fact, it has been a while since I have practiced on a consistent basis. When I started working last march it got harder and harder to practice. Then I began getting stressed out at work, eventually quitting just a few months ago. In the … Continue reading Hello Again
Well, the first rehearsal with the band I mentioned in my last past went okay. However, I would be lying if I said it was great. It is a start up group and the members are not definite yet. The two vocalist are pretty solid. The bass player seems to be pretty good, but, the … Continue reading A New Band
So, I got a call earlier today and was invited to be a part of a new band forming up. They will be playing R&B, funk, classic hits of rock and roll and more. On Saturday I will go to a rehearsal to see what I can add to the group. It should be fun … Continue reading Gonna Play With Other People!
I have not been able to balance my time between work and practice. I really needed to work. I was drowning in debt. So, a job was necessary. And it has helped a great deal. I have nearly paid off one major credit card debt and have been able to squash other small debts. The … Continue reading Work Vs. Practice
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