It's Just Three Chords

Uncategorized Sep 01, 2019
On the surface, the blues seems simple – hey, it's just three chords! – as do other blues-based songs that may not be literally 12 bars long but still have that feel, like "St. James Infirmary" or "Trouble In Mind." And this is both...
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Blues Chord Substitutions Workshop – Preview Webinar Today

Uncategorized Aug 29, 2019
Just a reminder that I am doing an hour-long webinar at 1PM CST today on ZOOM to preview some material from my upcoming six-week Blues Chord Substitutions online workshop. You can tune in for free; just sign up using the link below:
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Confidentialistas!

Uncategorized Aug 28, 2019
I'm pleased to report that last week's test of the Zoom platform was a raging success, at least according to the dozen brave Confidentialistas who volunteered to test it out and, theoretically at least, learn a little along the way. Enthusiasm ran...
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I Can Explain

Uncategorized Aug 22, 2019
Back in July, I mentioned that I was putting the finishing touches on a new membership program, and would be rolling it out in just a few more weeks. Well – that clearly did not happen, but to paraphrase every middle school kid since the...
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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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