Light Verse In August

Uncategorized Aug 15, 2019
The pines are tall, the spruce are blue
there isn’t a whole lot to do
the mansions look baronial,
the vibe, mostly colonial

the weather may be hot for some
but it’s a vast improvement from
the Southwest, where the heat index
is positively...
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Itinerant Chaos Theory

Uncategorized Aug 08, 2019
I went down to the Travis County Appraisal Board this morning, to conduct a formal protest of my property tax assessment. It was about as much fun as going down to the St. James Infirmary (I'm guessing), and a hell of a lot less picturesque. And...
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Experimental Music

Uncategorized Aug 01, 2019
To the extent that I have a reputation for anything amongst my musician friends, it's for practicing as little as possible. What began as a matter of disposition in my twenties has become a practicality in my fifties, when time seems to be the...
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Jerry, Chet and Merle

I met John Knowles, C.G.P., when I was maybe 23 years old, so we've known each other a long time. For the past ten years, he's been telling me to come check out CAAS – the annual meeting of the Chet Atkins Appreciation Society, also known...

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From Blues To Standards In Six Chords

 

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Improvisation Manifesto

About three months ago, I was sitting around playing guitars and talking too much with my pal Bret, as I often do. Sometimes...

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Horizontal Or Vertical?

creativity practicing May 02, 2019
I've been thinking about Thelonious Monk this week, specifically an observation I once read about his repertoire. Unfortunately, I don't remember exactly where I read it. It may have been in Martin Williams' book The Jazz Tradition, which I've...
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The Fingerstyle Choice

creativity fingerstyle Apr 25, 2019

The great jazz guitarist Gene Bertoncini once observed, “I think I’m like most guitarists in that I like almost any kind of music played on the guitar.” I know I’m the same, and yet you know the snag: when there’s so...

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What's A Boogaloo?

Hard Bop And Boogaloo

I received more than one email this past week asking about where things were headed with my Practicing Blues Guitarist series. One person wrote, "Is there somewhere in all of this that addresses playing changes over jazzier...

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Play The Changes With Two Scales

 

Mission Control

February Album Writing Month is over. I'm pleased to say I "won" for the eighth year running, which means that, along with around  2,500 other people, I completed and posted my fourteen songs within the 28-day deadline. It's...

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Three Ways To Look At Swing And Jump Blues

Here's what happened. I was at the National Guitar Workshop one week back in the '90s when someone attached my name to a course listing on a bulletin board. I'd mentioned in passing that I could offer a one-hour elective class on blues...

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