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Swingin' in Atlanta

Solo CD progress

I’m working on my 1st solo guitar CD currently.  Right now, I’m experimenting with different mike combos.  I’m going to record acoustically and mike my amp simultaneously and mix the signal.  We’ll see how much the AKG Perception 120 will pickup from the SM57 on the amp in the other room.  I’m going to do about 12 songs, and I hope to have the recording  done over the next week or so.

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August 20, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment

Last minute gig at Aomi in Norcross tonight

You just never know.  I set up a meeting today with the
manager of a new restaurant in Norcross.  It turns out they
asked me to put together a group for tonight.  So..I tried to call my
my trio “team”, but they weren’t available.  Finally, I got Micah Cadwell to come out and do a guitar duo.  It was one of the nicest
gigs I’ve played in a long time.  Everyone was nice, and were really interested in what we were doing.  The crowd was even better –
very attentive, and appreciative of our music.  For a lot of jazz musicians, that element is a precious commodity – that’s just the way it is.  Also, Micah and I hadn’t played a gig together in about a year and a half.  With as much humility as I can muster, I think we were just killin’ tonight.  Good time!  Hopefully, I’ll get the opportunity to rotate a number of different duos and trios through.  That would be great –
Stay tuned..

August 9, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

A couple of helpful links for jazz musicians…

http://www.jazzbiographies.com/
www.jazzstandards.com
–  These 2 websites have great information on the most popular jazz standards, and musicians.  You can find musical analysis, as well as a list of definitive recordings to check out.
www.ralphpatt.com
    – Ralph’s website has a handy reference of standards with a simple framework of
chord changes – no melodies.
http://earplane.com/modules/earplane_main/
      -I think this is one of the better free online ear training websites.  Of course, not just for jazz musicians!  It also has some drills that I haven’t seen anywhere else.
On one of them, a chord will play, and then a note.  You have to guess which scale tone – or non scale tone it is.  Good stuff!

Does anyone else have some cool and useful links that they’d like to contribute?

Peace, Dave

August 2, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Things I’ve been working on..

Lately, I’ve been working on playing tunes in all keys.  It’s hard stuff, but it’s paying off.    I’ve also been doing some transcribing of rhythm changes solos, to add to my vocab.  I always learn something great when I transcribe – always.  I can’t recommend it highly enough.  Recently, I transcribed Kenny Burrell’s “Saturday Night Blues”.  

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PB2vHRvCU00

 A great tune to add to  my tune list…  I’ll write more later… Peace!
Oh, also – be sure to check out my other (new) blog: atlantaguitarteacher.wordpress.com .  Thanks!

August 1, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , | Leave a comment