Thursday, July 07, 2005

Schback

I seem to be at a more regular practicing and developmental schedule right now. I’m not making monumental breakthroughs at every practice session. I’m more often making subtle epiphanies or the same epiphany over and over again: play with your ears, know the tunes, know the changes, etc. It’s been the same old stuff for years. I’m definitely happy with my progress and encouraged to take to another level of challenge. The past two days I’ve been working in Dropped D tuning to work on Keith Jarrett’s Koln Concert. It’s been a revitalizing and exciting experience. First off, Jarrett is amazing and it’s wonderful to get in touch with his playing. And secondly, playing with the dropped D has opened up a lot of colorful voicings. I remember playing in drop D a couple of years ago and retreating quickly back to standard tuning. Now I’m thinking about making the transition permanent. I think it’s neat what a couple years of development can do.

Lately, I’ve been working on primarily ear exercises and transcribing. I haven’t felt inclined to "journalize" the experience for a while now. Part of it is because I’m not always working on exciting things, and another part is that I work on a lot of stuff and I’m not sure how I should be writing it out. Is it necessary to write down everything that I do when I sit down to practice? I’d like to restructure my practice sessions so that I can jot down a quick synopsis afterwards. I like the idea of posterity and the ability to learn from my mistakes and past experiences. Writing down what I’m doing helps me really clarify what is working and what is not working.

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