Tuesday, March 22, 2005

Back to Evans & New Toy

Afternoon: Momentum works both ways. Taking the weekend off with my parents led to a rough and difficult return to my practice routine. I wanted more vacation. But I guess I always do. I started today by picking up an octave pedal I have ordered for me at Mr. Music. I brought it home and enjoyed the fun aspects of a new toy. It took me just a bit to get acclimated to the pedal and then the ideas started blossoming. I worked a little on a funky minor pentatonic groove with the octave pedal and backbeat looped, so I could improvise over. Acquiring all of these pedals over the years is becoming quite useful, especially because of my envy of organ players.

Evening: I got back to the grindstone and finished up the last 8 bars of the Evans tune that I wanted to look at. Every chord that this man plays is a gem for me and a world of information is stored in each one. I think one of the most profound things I’ve learned from this piece is the reharm possibilities using the sus4. I forgot how cool that sounded and had habitually thought of it only as an unstable tension. It’s really been quite a joy working through this tune, learning his voicings and reharms.

After that I went back to my new toy and try to conjure up the ideas I was working on earlier. It was going pretty well, but I have to use headphones at night because I don’t want to disturb the neighbors and it was getting kinda loud in my cans. I’ve got some ideas to work with and I’m excited about the possibilities. I’m happy to work on creative ventures. I don’t do enough of that.

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