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(1) Truth & Consequence…
(2) New Years Video
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Tip #1 – Truth & Consequence!
This past week I had the great pleasure of getting together with my sax player (extraordinaire) Bob Sundberg. We’ve been pals since high school and have been back playing together since 2010! Over the last 4 years or so we’ve created an epic event called “Hang-N-Play’s”! Essentially, we get together, go to lunch and come back and practice (Aebersold play-alongs, etc.) for hours. This past week was no exception! 5 HOURS straight!
Bob was kind enough to bring me more materials to work on to help my improvisation continue to grow. He also brought Jamey Aebersold’s volume 61… Burnin’! The cover say’s it all! ONLY FOR THE BRAVE! The slowest tempo in that book is 290ish on Cherokee. But the catch is – it’s all 12 keys. Every other tempo is 300 and up! Needless to say, I got my tail kicked – but good!
Later that evening (after the smoke had cleared and my valves cooled off) I realized something that I had been doing nearly ALL of my playing life – especially when it came to improvisation! Putting off the work vs. diving in and forcing myself to swim back to shore! In nearly every aspect of playing I could find at least signs of that very thing… asking more questions and putting off diving in. Because I feel like I’m “on my way” with what intimidated me most, I am able to see it from the other side now.
So this week’s tip is for you to set a new years’ revolution by just diving in and going after it! Sink, swim, sharks or guppies along the way – just do it. A little bit everyday wins the race…
Tip #2 – New Years Video
Have a GREAT New Years!