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For my Autumn Leaves video I got a couple comments about sounding melodic; I’ll take those compliments all day long! Now I’m working on the Blue Monk October challenge and still working on targeting the thirds as I’m an ‘in betweener’ and following Marc’s process (which is awesome btw!). What I’m finding is targeting the 3rd’s of Autumn Leaves lends itself nicely to playing melodically but doing so with Blue Monk, or a jazz blues, not so much! It is very challenging for me but I’m making progress and looking forward to submitting a video!
It's not perfect but this is a picture if where i'm at today. I'm really happy i'm starting to get the comping for myself thing. Still lots of work to do but i'm getting the idea. https://youtu.be/oMOy2FvnOyg?si=41KUltj_CZlQ-1a0
@Mark McInerney I second being more interested in videos of you playing. I don’t know that it would be more informative but, for me, it’d definitely be more inspiring. Of course, as James said, you could still easily attach a separate pdf of the chart.
In the "Classroom" @Coach Marc-Andre Seguin has created Apple Music and Spotify playlists for historically significant jazz albums and guitar focused jazz albums. For those who do not have Spotify or Apple Music, I have duplicated these lists on YouTube Music. Here are the links: Historically significant Jazz Albums: https://music.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL67JCS3UfryzMNvop_7HJX2rfkceRRSEW&si=FcJ0esqRIjfmpsax Historically significant Guitar-Focused Jazz Albums https://music.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL67JCS3UfryyYOFavNmIM0cAWHGQ_mLpU&si=qv0rhUr4Cc4zjCRQ NOTE: Coach Marc graciously approved this posting
Everything here is free. You earn points and unlock the different levels simply by participating. It’s a great forum. I encourage you to explore it a bit so you can take full advantage of everything. I can’t remember where all this is explained; have you watched all the ‘getting started’ videos under the classroom tab?
Today I started a practice routine following this 45 minute plan from the Vault library. (See attached link) 45 minutes goes fast! I think this routine will pair well with the 7 stages to learn a jazz standard. I definitely need structure!
So, as recommended, I started a practice journal in conjunction with the 45 minute practice plan. I rolled my eyes at journaling because I did not think I had it in me. I’m 3 days in and keeping a journal has converted me from a noodler to a guitar player who is practicing with organization and a purpose. Also, at the end of 45 I don’t want to stop but I do because, like everybody, I’ve got other things that have to get done. When I have time I play more but, if not, I’ve got a solid 45 minutes of daily practice in.
I hear you about Marc. I’m so on the fence about taking advantage of the free call to find out more about the Jazz Accelerator program. Again, I’m not sure that I have it in me to make that kind of commitment. For now, I think I will try to stay on track with what I’m doing for a month or two. If I can keep up a solid practice routine on my own then I’d feel more confident in making a commitment to the Accelerator program.
I know I typically have more difficulty with Chord Melody, but this was a real beast for me, even just getting this far...Hopefully, Parts C and D, then put together the whole kit and caboodle! Maybe by end of year. Better keep some side projects going! 🤣 Of course, comment freely.
Here is Blue Monk after I did Blue Bossa first!! Not overly happy with it. I started to mess with arpeggios so I think it feels very mechanical with a repetitive motif - but I did learn a new tune and some arpeggios!
Recently, my grand-daughter asked me to accompany her for a coming school performance, which I regard as quite an honour. Apparently, her music teacher is comfortable with this. We first recorded the vocal and guitar parts, and I subsequently over-dubbed the guitar for the video. The timing is a little stilted in parts, because I had to ensure that the vocal would come back in at the right time after the guitar solo, and there was no metronome track (which I would have had difficulty sticking to in any case. This has been a work in progress, and some parts of the guitar have been cleaned up since the recording. https://youtu.be/tAdPJbabp9c