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
The Thrill Is Gone is a famous song by the late B.B. King. It was probably his biggest hit. It has been done and redone by several artists. And it was also done by the Navy Band with me singing lead. It was about the only thing I could sing well at the time. I … Continue reading The Thrill Is Gone
I'd like to think I am anyway. It is probably the fact that my horns are new. I have been practicing more and more. And using the SISU Mouthguard seems to have increased my ability to play longer. And playing longer allows me to accomplish more. I am, of course, working on scales with a … Continue reading Becoming Addicted to Practicing
I recently read an article on JazzAdvice.com, called Why You Shouldn't Be A Real Book Player. Basically, the article talks about the difference it makes when you learn a tune by ear from a record vs. having a book with written music and chord changes in front of you. The author makes the case that … Continue reading About Using Real Book
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
A person's gift will make room for them, and bring them before important people (Prov 18:16 my paraphrase). I was listening to an interview that Kirk Whalum gave at Loyola University Forum. He talked about something that I have been thinking about a lot lately; this gift of musical talent that he and I and many … Continue reading Mastering your Gifts
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