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    Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017 10:44 AM


    CoolAnother day, this one a sun n' clouds sort of affair.
        This has been a hell of a patch.  Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Jose and Maria(what happened to K and L? Or have I missed something?)and yet another shooting rampage.
       I'm glad I'm not a Tom Petty fan(though I have nothing against him), as that would be one more thing to lament. Maybe one thing too many...
      Music News. A good day yesterday,as far as guitar playing. Got in a fair amount, and seem to be pulling out of the slump I've been in for the past week or so. Most everybody has them, where it seems nothing you play sounds good.
      My most recent couple of posts on YouTube are, I think, pretty effective rhythmically. I'm actually kind of proud of my time on them.
      One thing I've done is to shorten up phrases here and there. What you don't say is just as important, maybe more so. Plus you have better variety in your solo- long, convoluted lines and short 'succinct' ones. Makes for better interaction with the bass and drums. And that's really where swing(or groove)is at: how everything interacts, how it fits together. 

      Gerry Mulligan was one of my musical heroes on several fronts, but more than anything for his phrasing. He was great at leaving space, making his improvisation more like a conversation between him and the bass player. More interactive.
      So those are things I work on when practicing, things I'm thinking about when using the playalongs. There is a crop of duo playalongs with a bass player which have been showing up in my 'feed' lately. These are great(and present a different challenge with the time- keeping behind the beat), although they go on for awhile, and thus may not be good for sharing on YouTube.
      I try to always keep in mind the possible A.D.D of my listeners, and thus try and post things no longer than 4 or 5 minutes. That way, they're not sitting there thinking, "My God, is this thing ever gonna end?"
      Likewise in writing. This is probably more than enough verbiage from me for one sitting. As always, thanks for reading, whoever-you-are. Happy Tuesday to you!(The day Wimpy pays you back for buying him a hamburger.)More later.


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