Monday, December 17, 2007
Health Care Reform
I had a good workout at lunch. Lifted and also did some time on the treadmill.
Labels: Hell In Handbasket
Friday, December 14, 2007
From now on when I write them out, I'll seperate them into chord function. There are things on the triad that work on all three chords and I'll categorize those also.
I workout later. Got up late today.
Thursday, December 13, 2007
Going to do the treadmill this afternoon.
I had to work last night, but did get about 30 minutes to work on pasaditas. The first half of the song had some stragith forward stuff after having done the first song last week. Then I heard a couple of new things! One was using the 13th of the chord over the V7 - so in G this is D7/13th chord! And also a cool use of the flat 3rd and the 4th over the I chord. Really nice. It will be good to see where I'm at in a couple of months. It's cool when I can tell that I'm getting stuff, and of course the question will be when it gets into my fingers!
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
I forgot to post the RIP for John Lennon on Saturday. 27 years ago, wow.
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
I wanted to be in the office. I think I'm getting challenged on something from 6 months ago. It's irritating. A couple of folks think there's underlying racism in it, but I'll just wait and see.
Musically - I ended up working on "Me Tira de Pata" and got through four pasaditas. Two were based on the primera and two were based on the V7 (11th chord like last week).
Monday, December 10, 2007
Feeling weak. Gotta just keep holding on.
Musically things are good. Had a gig on Saturday. That was good. I emailed M to ask if he had any gigs he could use me on. I'm getting short on cash. I'd like to pay off my debts, but the inflow isn't picking up!
On another good note, pun intended, I learned 7 Esteban Jordan pasaditas last week! There was two I wasn't getting, one was on the tercera (IV) and it was a single note trill and an arpeggio fragment. Then there was a segunda (V7) that sounded really funky, when I got to working on it I realized he was doing an Am7 arpeggio over the D7, or a D11 chord!
Stuff is opening up for me with this level of work. I did work through all of the pasaditas in all 12 keys. I also worked on the solo, and melodies for about three other songs through all 12 keys. This is stuff the button guys don't do because they only have three keys and switch accordions. The song I worked on last week was "Soy de Tejas" and this week I'll probably work on "Donde Estara". The hard part is getting this in my fingers enough to fit them into the songs I play.
I'm also learning some Tres parts on the guitar, working on Cumbia and Salsa on the bass, and doing some salsa montunos on the piano. This will only happen on days when I have the time. I also wrote a tune to the chord changes from "In My Life" by the Beatles. It's a little weird, but I figure practice will bring improvement!!!
Now I gotta find time/energy to start fixing up stuff around the house! LOL!
Oh, the realage tip of the day!
Orale Chicanos, Le Seguiremos!
Friday, December 07, 2007
My weight is creeping up again. I'll have to figure that out.
Wednesday, December 05, 2007
Finished the course at the School of Medicine. The students are interested in doing follow up so we'll have to figure out that will go.
Also, just looking at getting La Raza Unida back off the ground. Should be fun!
No music last night. Just relaxed. I needed it. But I've been listening to lots of John Coltrane and other stuff.
I'll be back on my music workouts tonight! It was great talking with my homie Mauricio. I don't know if he read the blog, but it was great timing.
Tuesday, December 04, 2007
Holiday Cheer and Check In
OK, so I thought we could all use some Holiday Cheer!
I've been dealing with a cough and feeling really tired lately so working out has been challenging. I plan to be in the gym tomorrow. But I've been trying to walk and stretch as much as I can.
Musically, I really miss playing with my homeboy Mauricio. Maybe I just need to drop by his work and see how he's doing.
My practicing is taking a good turn, it's taken me a couple of years to start following through on some stuff, but it seems to be taking now. I started last night by taking an intro and the first pasadita to an Esteban Jordan song. Then after getting it decent, I move it through all 12 keys for the full range of my acordeón. I'll work on this through December. Then I'll see if I feel like my playing improved. I don't have a gig until February I think, so I'll have time to assess it. But I really want to get to a level that I'm happy with.
There's some basic jazz stuff I'm working on with the guitar and the bass also. I'll also be working on doing some blues improvisation stuff. I'm really trying to get to where hearing the changes and following along becomes more automatic. I haven't gotten to where I want with that.