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Brad and I have been working on a bunch of new songs for the trio. One of my favorites is a fantastic jazz waltz written by Brad called All I Ask, with very difficult chord changes. I’m also psyched about … Continue reading
My Alexander Technique teacher Kristen Davis told me about the quote from Zen Master Shunryo Suzuki that “In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s there are few.” Music is a discipline where the more you … Continue reading
I’ve been trying to get a lot more out of my practice time. Even on days when I’m exhausted, I’ve been practicing three or four hours. As awful as it may seem, I try to drive myself to the point … Continue reading
If an 89-year-old woman can practice yoga and learn to tango, certainly I can sit down and practice Rhythm Changes in B with altered dominant chords.
My keyboard teacher Steve Anderson has told me that he just practices while staring out the window at clouds and letting his mind wander. Since the exercises that I practice for my keyboard lessons are very technical and theoretical, I … Continue reading
We are back on track playing our regular shows at The Station, The Standard, and Milltown this month. Milltown has asked us to play every Saturday for brunch. I also get to play twice at the Beyu Caffe: with the … Continue reading
With Claire Holley at the Strings Attached Benefit in Durham.
In a blog post from last week, I wrote about how I was horrified that I couldn’t play well at my keyboard lesson. Determined not to let it happen again, I embarked on one of the most intense weeks of … Continue reading
Steve Anderson has taught me a few new ideas about practicing which are helping me out a lot. 1. Finding the ‘breaking point’ – find the tempo at which you fall apart while playing an etude. Then make an effort … Continue reading