Happy Labor Day! Whether you are mourning the end of summer or celebrating the beginning of fall, today is generally a guidepost day that marks the change of season. At least where I am , the chilly temp has me thinking about fall and also planning the line-up for future blog posts throughout the next few months. Here is a glimpse of what is coming up.
September - The focus for September is influential albums. I could easily provide a list of the top 50 albums, or even 100 albums but here is the thing - everyone has different opinions of what those should be. I think it might be more interesting to provide some commentary on why various albums are influential. Some are the no-brainers such as (spoiler alert) Kind of Blue. But others that I am planning on spotlighting may not always get mentioned. September isn't designed to hit every possible album that has been influential, but recommend a few that are definitely worth listening to.
October - I want to take the time in October to highlight practice. Not so much the importance of it (yes- you should practice) but rather a serious of posts that breakdown the various parts of a good practice routine and delve into what kinds of things are worth including in daily practice. I find that sometimes musicians get bogged down in practice the wrong things while not focusing enough energy on the types of practice that really get at the heart of self-improvement.
November - Transcription is the fundamental activity of a jazz musician. November will dissect the process of transcribing and walk through a transcription together via blog. I have never down that before. I suppose in a post-covid world we would call that a virtual group transcription. Posts along this serious will go through short phrases.
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