I have a confession to make

2 thoughts on “I have a confession to make”

  1. I’ve really enjoyed reading your blog. It’s great to read about guitar-related topics from someone who can write.I’ve been in the same place jazz guitar-wise for a couple of years. I got a little distracted by flat-picking for a couple of years and started teaching again full-time last year. I’ve got three or four standards that I play chord-melody from memory. When I was more dedicated I had 3 or 4 more. But since I quit consciously working them up, I just have the few that I always go back to.Take it easy.

  2. I really feel ya when it comes to breaking through barriers. I’m going through the same type of situation. I’ve been a rock and blues guitarist for years but I always knew there were sounds in my head I wasn’t sure why they didn’t come out. I realized if I wanted to express more chromatic jazzy lines that I’d have to learn some standards. Well they all seemed so challenging. I was going the chord/melody route but then just started working with learning melodies. That helpeda lot with my phrasing.On a side note:I was about five feet from Kurt Rosenwinkel when he played in Philadelphia. His music is so powerful that I felt like I was inside of it…i could feel each change but it was his lines that really jumped out at me. He didn’t even need a rhythm section to define the harmonic structure. It was incredible for what he was playing over too.So good luck my friend.Jeff

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