Category: Jazz

Rounded Out My Home Studio Today

I woke this morning with the intent to sit down and learn a couple of Jazz songs and recording a couple takes this morning. I copied the Jazz-Blues play along track from iRealPro over to my DAW and started to record a guitar track onto that. I have been experimenting with rhythms and practicing beat a lot lately, so wanted to try some variations on swing and shuffle and record myself. I have a Kemper profiling amplifier, so get very good guitar sounds through the powered monitors, but after recording and while listening to playback, I was rather unsatisfied with the sound quality.

After a bit of research on Kemper forums, I realized that the best way to resolve this issue was to purchase a sound interface that would take an S/PDIF input from the Kemper digital output. This led me to realize I would need to purchase a better audio interface than my Audibox VSL44, so after a bit of looking around, I found a great deal at the local music store (I live in Tokyo) on Focusrite 18i20. I just tested it and it sounds much, much better. Now my recordings sound exactly like what I am getting through the monitors.

January 6, 2016     0 Comments

Very Musical Start of the Week

On Monday and Tuesday of this week I spent a total of about 12 hours of logged and unlogged time covering rhythm and focusing on rhythm alone. Most of late Sunday and Monday were focused on the timing of rhythms, using hand claps and foot taps. This was supplemented with some drum time, which I do believe helped immensely. Then yesterday (Tuesday) I kept on focusing on timing within the rhythms, while also listening to the actual rhythms and practicing many of them until I could play them. Rhythm is really the other half of what we are doing, and I have realized that I have not paid enough attention in this area.

Today I am looking forward to starting a Jazz and Blues song list. To start with I have the following songs from iRealPro:
1) Kindhearted Woman Blues – Robert Johnson
2) Freestyle Blues Jazz 12 bars X6 – warmup
3) Adam’s Apple – Wayne Shorter
4) Gravity – John Mayer
This is a mellow start and not too complex, but at least gives the start of the playlist. I will also add the Croatian Waltz to the mix to make it an even five.

January 5, 2016     0 Comments