Falling Up off of Two Turntables and a Saxophone. Hear this song and more on Thursday November 6, 2014 @ Des Moines Social Club: The Basement Bar.
Originally released on Two Turntables and a Saxophone in 2004, come celebrate the 10 year anniversary of that recording with me at Des Moines Social Club on Thursday November 6th. That CD got me to where I am today…whatever that means…well, it means that it’s part of an artist’s journey. As an artist, you create something, you then discover that it contains a lot of bullshit and then from that manure, you grow artistically…hopefully humanly too but take any growth you can get. xoxo
One of the many songs I’ll be performing on Thursday November 6, 2014 at the Des Moines Social Club. I hope to see you there!
Today’s practice session for upcoming show at Des Moines Social Club on Thursday November 6th.
Last night, when I should have been sleeping, I started practicing saxophone and wind synth (EWI) and before I knew it, I had worked on arrangements and backing tracks for six songs. Those six songs will all be a part of my set at the Des Moines Social Club on Thursday, November 6th.
The energy from practicing also influenced a solid night of sleeping, which in turn influenced my decision to ride my bike to the Girls Rock DSM! Advisory Board meeting this morning. So what I’m saying is “go do what you love and it’ll influence everything you do.”
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.”