Tonight’s practice session with distortion. I’ve learned over the years that the more obnoxious the distortion, the better it sounds with the saxophone.
Tonight’s practice idea. I’m continuing to work with balancing the effected signal with the dry signal. I love this filtered patch and how it interacts with the rhythmic patterns I’m playing. I’ll need to revisit this idea because I can imagine it being part of a larger idea.
I’ve had this music since the mid-90’s but I’m working on it for the first time. My teacher, Greg Banaszak, recorded it on his album Double Vision.
Practice is great! But practice alone won’t make you Yo Yo Ma.
I agree with this article but the reason I agree differs from the researcher’s findings. As a music student, I was addicted to practicing. I could practice better than anyone else. The problem was that there is a difference between practicing and doing. If you’re just practicing, you will only become so good. As a music student and as a music teacher, I heard students say “but I did it perfectly in the practice room!” In my experience, it comes down to how you spend your 10,000 hours. It needs to be a balance between the practice room and the stage. You need to stay focused but distracted.
Here’s five ideas that I created tonight. They’re no more than a minute and a half in length. With 1, 2 and 5, I focused on two parts that complimented each other. With 3 and 4, I explored more; 4 more so than 3. Anyway, don’t let my rambling ruin them. Listen and enjoy. Thanks.
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Why the Progress You Make in the Practice Room Seems to Disappear Overnight — The Bulletproof Musician
I know a lot of people that need to read this…I’m one of them. It’s taken me decades to really understand practicing. For years, I was addicted to practicing. I could practice better than anyone. However, being great at practicing doesn’t always translate to being a great performer. Know what it is you want to accomplish and most importantly; don’t over analyze it. Spend more time making music and less time thinking about making music.
I’ve been journaling about distractions lately. I had an interesting experience the other night: I wanted to do some creative practicing with my EWI and I wanted to create a drum loop to work with. For reasons unknown, the sound of the drums didn’t come through the speaker but when I played the EWI Noah said, while doing his math homework, “Dad, I like the sound of that, keep playing.” It was a confirmation that I need to focus on what I’m good at and I don’t need loops and more of anything. I just need time with what I do best.
Just the A section this week with the metronome at 60. There are so many beautiful notes to choose from. How did I miss them in the past? I know; I wasn’t patient. I rushed through everything because I thought I had to. News flash: don’t rush. Don’t practice rushing either. Put the metronome at 60 and settle in.
I said something to my saxophone teacher today that I thought would be worth sharing. I was discussing this past month’s practicing and what I’ve learned and without trying to say something clever, I said:
“…I need to play like I’m not trying but I need to practice trying everyday.”
Tonight’s practice: Train by Chris Potter: riff looped + solo
I wish I had some patience. I get so excited recording and everything sounds cool in the moment but a day later, I hear everything. Everything that could have been better. Everything that I shouldn’t have shared. That’s kind of me in a nutshell: heart on my sleeve. Everything good and bad. I hope the listener sorts it out. The positive spin on all of this is; if I didn’t put it out, I wouldn’t have a reason to try harder next time. So, with that said; I’m going to go practice.
A big part of practicing is setting down your horn and going out and hearing some live music. Go get your batteries charged this week.
7/8 Bebop phrases
Stella By Starlight: melody, chords & time; practice, practice, practice
I had a wonderful day with family and friends and a productive evening practicing. I’m transcribing some Chris Potter and it’s kicking my ass…in a positive way. To document my progress, I record everything I get and I treat it like a recording session. I experimented tonight using a Blue Baby Bottle and a BeyerDynamic Opus 62. It’s a great combination of warmth and detail. I’m looking forward to using this microphone combination on future recordings. 2011 was a year of serious study. 2012 is going to be a year of serious creativity. I have so many new sounds and note combinations in my head. At the beginning of this year, I set out to transcribe a solo or song a month and I have achieved that goal (one more month to go). I told myself in January that I get better every time I transcribe and this year, I’ve gotten better 11 times. What I haven’t done is compose my own songs since 2004…except for a few things here and there. All of the work I’ve done this year is really going to fuel my composing next year. What I don’t know is the end result but right now I’m not concerned. I just need to compose a song a month and see what I have at the end of the year. :-)