Saafir in Fort Worth is doing 10 things including…

practice like Coltrane

11 cheers

 

Sponsored Links

Bethesda Blues & Jazz

www.bethesdabluesjazz.com/     The Bethesda Theater Has Come Back To Life! Find A Jazz Show Date Now.

Saafir has written 13 entries about this goal

Find out how Coltrane practiced

1. Read the Coltrane biography again
2. Log twenty hours a week for four weeks



Structure leads to Concentration, Concentration leads to New Neuronal Pathways

Learn twenty songs

Songs are a fantastic vehicle for learning music. And it’s kinda the whole point. The general approach will be pick songs I love, by artists I love, and learn them backwards and forwards. I can then use these songs as a jumping-off point to learn scales, fingering patterns, and chord voicing on the guitar.

1. Pick the songs. I have quite a few that I already am beginning to learn

2. Learn basic chordal/finger-picking accompaniment

3. Practice the vocal parts using the “Set Your Voice Free” approach

4. Learn to play each song in all keys

Take a lesson a week for two years

I can only make so much progress working alone. I cannot criticize myself

1. Pick the songs. I have quite a few that I already am beginning to learn

blue window2. Learn basic chordal/finger-picking accompaniment

3. Practice the vocal parts using the “Set Your Voice Free” approach

4. Learn to play each song in all keys



Strong practice

blue window

Input

1. Create a reading list of books on music: buy or check them out from the library and read them, taking notes and blogging about what I learn. Read biographies of musicians, books about different styles of music, critical overviews, and histories of music. Concentrate on jazz, but include a fair amount about other genres, especially blues, funk, soul, rock and roll, and r&b.

2. Start building a library of sheet music and other music resources. Collect a few good fakebooks.

3. Collect 100 definitive Funk albums, 1000 definitive Jazz albums, and 500 definitive Rock albums

4. Do the music knowledge flash card game daily.

5. Create a plan for learning multiple instruments starting with the guitar. (then Piano? Drums? Hand drums?)



Intellection

1. Build music theory into my reading list.

2. Capture more of my thoughts and ideas about music in blog/tweet format.

3. Cultivate a critical perspective on jazz and popular music by reading widely, listening carefully, and writing my ideas down.

4. Read intellectual challenging books on jazz and classical music.

5. Organize a music discussion group.



Maximizer

1. Use the strengths perspective in my approach to music. Write a list of ideas about incorporating my strengths into my learning program.

2. Continue creating a weekly plan for my music learning.

3. Sit down once a month to assess how I’m doing, and where I’m headed in the next few months.

4. Incorporate paragons of excellence in my reading diet: read about Coltrane, Dolphy, Ellington and others.



blue window

Futuristic

1. Create vivid, multimedia stories about my musical projects.

2. Talk to people like Danny about the future of music.

3. Seek out the big thinkers in the music world and strike up conversations with them. (YES!)


Learner

1. Be as systematic as possible with my learning.

2. Take time to reflect on my progress, problems, and ideas.

3. Develop practice habits that facilitate learning.

4. Be creative in my approach: incorporate teachers, private lessons, classes, internet tools, study groups, books, and my iPhone.





80 hours in May!

Daily Guitar Practice

Warm-Up
1. Pick 2 songs from last lesson
2. Play through and say each note 3-5 times.
3. Play through and count
4. Play through strumming chords and singing along (3 times)

New Hal-Leonard Song
1. Pick 2 new songs
2. Play through and say each note 3-5 times.
3. Play through and count
4. Play through strumming chords and singing along (3 times)
5. Repeat 30% faster.

Strumming & Fretting
1. Do Yupo’s fretting exercise.
2. Alt between speed and articulation
3. Pick four chord progressions and practice them using six different strumming patterns.



Updated Practice Plan

radishes


big goals

Learn to play and sing jazz

Record a dozen albums

Found the Funk Muffins, a collective of funk, jazz, soul, and hip-hop musicians

Collect 100,000 excellent songs

Play guitar for 10,000 hours

Conceive and perform a dozen spectacular shows

Learn advanced music theory

Learn to sight read, compose, and perform sophisticated music

near goals

finish the entire “Learn to Play Guitar” book

complete the Hal-Leonard guitar method: learn 80% of the songs and 96% of the chords

host three concerts this year

practice for 600 hours this year

finish the entire ear training program on iPhone

learn 3 Ray Charles songs, 3 Stevie Wonder songs, and 3 Sam Cooke songs. Practice them until I can do a dead-on impression and sing other songs in their style

buy a jazz guitar and a laptop computer

immediate goals

Practice for 80 hours in May

Finish Hal Leonard, Book 1

Storyboard my blues show, get sheet music for all the songs, learn them, get Michael to do piano versions of them

Learn “All of You”:

learn the melody on guitar,
learn to strum the chords,
learn to fingerpick the chords,
learn associated scales,
transcribe Miles Davis, John Coltrane version,
write out an arrangement chart
perform!



Week 40 of 52: Hitting my stride

John Coltrane cover


Goals this Week

1. Practice for at least eighteen hours this week

2. Do one new Hal Leonard lesson

3. Do voice exercises for thirty minutes a day, three days this week

4. Add at least 10 albums to my collection.

5. Add at least 20 books to my reading list

6. Do the music flashcard game four out of seven days this week.


Practice Schedule

Thursday, October 8th
4:30am – 9:30am
  done

Planning and Other Work
Write a plan for this week’s practice. done ; write a list of strengths-based goals for consideration; done ; do Flashcard game for 20 minutes

Voice
do voice exercises; practice Ray Charles songs; practice “All of You”



Friday, October 9th
4:00pm until 9:00pm (one hour)
  didn’t do (cancelled work)

Voice
Do voice exercises for 30 minutes; bring filing case of songs to the Inn; try at least one new song; have Micheal record Hard Times at the correct tempo. Record all the songs I sing and listen to them.



Saturday, October 10th
7:00pm until 10:00pm
  didn’t do, worked at Inn

Planning and Other Work
Add 10 books to my book list; do flash card game for at least 10 minutes

Guitar
Practice C major scale in 1st and 2nd position and on single strings. Do position 1, no open strings fretting exercise. (30 min) Work on new lesson. (30 min)

Voice
Do voice exercises. Practice All of You (30 minutes)



Sunday, October 11th
day off
  done, plus 30 min guitar

Planning and other activities
Listen to my singing playlist; do 10 minutes of the Flash Card game


Monday, October 12th
11:00am until 4:00pm

Guitar
Use a metronome! Practice strumming chord progressions from Yupo. (30 min) Do position 1, no open strings fretting exercise. (30 min) Practice C major scale (position 1, 2, and single string) (30 min). Practice playing chords and melody for Aura Lee, and Ode to Joy. (30 minutes) Read and play through 4 lessons (be sure to name notes as I play them.) (30 min) Practice playing and singing I Got A Woman (30 min).

Voice
Do One-Octave exercise and One-and-a-half-Octave exercise. (30 min) Listen to exercises in Vocal Techniques book (30 min) Practice Hard Times, Angel Eyes, All of You, and I’m Glad There is You. (30 min) Listen through Swingin’ Easy. Practice mimicking Vaughan’s vibrato. (30 min)


Tuesday, October 13th
11:00am until 3:00pm

Wednesday, October 14th
day off

Planning and other activities
Listen to my singing playlist; do 10 minutes of the Flash Card game




Week 39 of 52: First Week of Freedom

radishes


Goals this Week

1. Practice for at least twelve hours this week yup!

2. Do one new Hal Leonard lesson nope!

3. Do voice exercises for thirty minutes a day, three days this week nope!

Practice Schedule

Thursday, October 1st
9:00pm – 11:00pm

Planning and Other Work
Write a plan for this week’s practice. done

Guitar
Use a metronome! practice strumming patterns; practice C major scale in 1st and 2nd position and on single strings

Voice
do voice exercises; practice Ray Charles songs; practice songs for the Inn



Friday, October 2nd
10:00am – 11:00am; 4:00pm until 9:00pm

Collecting
Go to UNT and check out five more CDs. Rip them to my hard drive.

Guitar
Use a metronome! practice strumming patterns; practice C major scale in 1st and 2nd position and on single strings

Voice
do voice exercises; practice Ray Charles songs; practice songs for the Inn



Saturday, October 3rd
4:00pm until 7:00pm

Use a metronome! Practice strumming chord progressions from Yupo. Do position 1, no open strings fretting exercise. (30 min) Practice C major scale (position 1, 2, and single string) (30 min). Practice playing chords and melody for Aura Lee, and Ode to Joy. Do flashcard game. Read and play through Lesson 16 – Lesson 45 at a really slow pace (be sure to name notes as I play them.) Practice playing and singing I Got A Woman.

Voice
Do One-Octave exercise. Practice Hard Times, Angel Eyes, All of You, and I’m Glad There is You.


Sunday, October 4th
day off

Planning and other activities
Listen to my singing playlist


Monday, October 5th
11:00am until 3:00pm

Use a metronome! Practice strumming chord progressions from Yupo. Do position 1, no open strings fretting exercise. (30 min) Practice C major scale (position 1, 2, and single string) (30 min). Practice playing chords and melody for Aura Lee, and Ode to Joy. (30 minutes) Do flashcard game. Finish reading and playing through Lesson 16 – Lesson 45 at a really slow pace (be sure to name notes as I play them.) (30 min) Practice playing and singing I Got A Woman (30 min).

Voice
Do One-Octave exercise and One-and-a-half-Octave exercise. (30 min) Listen to exercises in Vocal Techniques book (30 min) Practice Hard Times, Angel Eyes, All of You, and I’m Glad There is You. (30 min)


Tuesday, October 6th
11:00am until 3:00pm

Use a metronome! Practice strumming chord progressions from Yupo. Do position 1, no open strings fretting exercise. (30 min) Practice C major scale (position 1, 2, and single string) (30 min). Practice playing chords and melody for Aura Lee, and Ode to Joy. (30 minutes) Do flashcard game. Finish reading and playing through Lesson 16 – Lesson 45 at a really slow pace (be sure to name notes as I play them.) (30 min) Practice playing and singing I Got A Woman (30 min).

Voice
Do One-Octave exercise and One-and-a-half-Octave exercise. (30 min) Listen to exercises in Vocal Techniques book (30 min) Practice Hard Times, Angel Eyes, All of You, and I’m Glad There is You. (30 min)


Wednesday, October 7th
8:00am until 11:00am

Use a metronome! Practice strumming chord progressions from Yupo. Do position 1, no open strings fretting exercise. (30 min) Practice C major scale (position 1, 2, and single string) (30 min). Practice playing chords and melody for Aura Lee, and Ode to Joy. (30 minutes) Do flashcard game. Finish reading and playing through Lesson 16 – Lesson 45 at a really slow pace (be sure to name notes as I play them.) (30 min) Practice playing and singing I Got A Woman (30 min).

Voice
Do One-Octave exercise and One-and-a-half-Octave exercise. (30 min) Listen to exercises in Vocal Techniques book (30 min) Practice Hard Times, Angel Eyes, All of You, and I’m Glad There is You. (30 min)


Thursday, October 8th
9:00am until 10:00am

Use a metronome! Do position 1, no open strings fretting exercise. (30 min) Practice C major scale (position 1, 2, and single string) (30 min). Practice playing chords and melody for Aura Lee, and Ode to Joy. (30 minutes) Do flashcard game. Finish reading and playing through Lesson 16 – Lesson 45 at a really slow pace (be sure to name notes as I play them.) (30 min) Practice playing and singing I Got A Woman (30 min).




Week 38 of 52: Twenty hours of bliss (or bleeding)

radishes


Goals this Week

1. Practice for at least twenty hours this week more like twelve

2. Do two new Hal Leonard lessons nope

3. Do voice exercises for thirty minutes a day, six days this week three days

Practice Schedule

Thursday, September 24th
11:00am – 1:00pm, 4:00pm – 7:00pm

Planning and Other Work
Write a plan for this week’s practice. done

Collecting
Go to UNT and check out five more CDs. Rip them to my hard drive.

Guitar
Use a metronome! Practice strumming chord two progressions from Yupo. Do position 1, no open strings fretting exercise. Practice C major scale (position 1 and single string). Practice playing chords and melody for Happy Birthday to You, Aura Lee, and Ode to Joy. Do flashcard game. Read and play through Lesson 16 – Lesson 45 at a really slow pace (be sure to name notes as I play them.) Practice playing and singing I Got A Woman.

Voice
Read over Vocal Technique book. Practice first exercise on CD. Do One-Octave exercise. Practice Angel Eyes, All of You, and I’m Glad There is You.


Friday, September 24th
10:00am – 11:00am; 4:00pm until 9:00pm

Collecting
Go to UNT and check out five more CDs. Rip them to my hard drive.

Guitar
Use a metronome! Practice strumming chord two progressions from Yupo. Do position 1, no open strings fretting exercise. Practice C major scale (position 1 and single string). Practice playing chords and melody for Happy Birthday to You Do flashcard game. Do a new Hal Leonard lesson. Practice playing and singing I Got A Woman.

Voice
Practice first and second exercises on CD. Do One-and-a-half Octave set. Practice Angel Eyes, All of You, and I’m Glad There is You once or twice apiece. Record them. Practice Roxanne.


Saturday, September 26th
9:00am until 12:00pm

Guitar
Use a metronome! Practice strumming chord two progressions from Yupo. Do position 1, no open strings fretting exercise. Practice C major scale (position 1 and single string). Practice playing chords and melody for Happy Birthday to You Do flashcard game. Do a new Hal Leonard lesson. Practice playing and singing I Got A Woman.

Voice
Practice first and second exercises on CD. Do One-and-a-half Octave set. Practice Angel Eyes, All of You, and I’m Glad There is You once or twice apiece. Record them. Practice Roxanne.


Sunday, September 27th
day off

Planning and other activities
Listen to my singing playlist


Monday, September 28th
6:00pm – 9:00pm

Collecting
Go to UNT and check out five more CDs. Rip them to my hard drive.

Guitar
Practice playing chords and melody for Happy Birthday to You. Play through new Hal Leonard lessons. Practice playing and singing I Got A Woman.

Voice
Do One-and-a-half Octave set. Practice Roxanne and Never Dreamed You’d Leave in Summer. Record them.


Tuesday, September 29th
12:00pm until 5:00pm

Voice

Do One-and-a-half Octave set as warm up. Sing Angel Eyes, All of You, and I’m Glad There is You! Record them. Focus on breathing.


Wednesday, September 30th
12:00pm until 5:00pm

Guitar
Use a metronome! Practice strumming chord two progressions from Yupo. Do position 1, no open strings fretting exercise. Practice C major scale (position 1 and single string). Practice playing chords and melody for Happy Birthday to You. Do flashcard game. Go over Hal Leonard lessons. Practice playing and singing I Got A Woman.

Voice
Practice third and fourth exercises on CD. Do One-and-a-half Octave set. Practice Roxanne and Never Dreamed You’d Leave in Summer. Record them.



Week 27 of 52

Goals this Week

1. Practice for twenty hours this week

2. Do two new Hal Leonard lessons

3. Learn how to play the beginners’ version of “Happy Birthday to You” in C

4. Listen to a lot of Ray Charles


Monday, June 15th
12:00pm – 1:00pm, 3:00pm – 7:00pm

Planning and Other Work
Write a plan for this week’s practice. Make playlists and sync iPhone. done

Guitar
Use a metronome! Practice strumming chord two progressions from Yupo. Do position 1, no open strings fretting exercise. Practice C major scale (position 1 and single string). Practice playing chords and melody for Happy Birthday to You, Aura Lee, and Ode to Joy. Do flashcard game. Read and play through Lesson 16 – Lesson 45 at a really slow pace (be sure to name notes as I play them.) Practice playing and singing I Got A Woman.

Voice
Read over Vocal Technique book. Practice first exercise on CD. Do One-Octave exercise. Practice Angel Eyes, All of You, and I’m Glad There is You.


Tuesday, June 16th
10:00am – 11:00am; 4:00pm until 9:00pm

Collecting
Go to UNT and check out five more CDs. Rip them to my hard drive.

Guitar
Use a metronome! Practice strumming chord two progressions from Yupo. Do position 1, no open strings fretting exercise. Practice C major scale (position 1 and single string). Practice playing chords and melody for Happy Birthday to You Do flashcard game. Do a new Hal Leonard lesson. Practice playing and singing I Got A Woman.

Voice
Practice first and second exercises on CD. Do One-and-a-half Octave set. Practice Angel Eyes, All of You, and I’m Glad There is You once or twice apiece. Record them. Practice Roxanne.


Wednesday, June 17th
10:00am – 11:00am; 4:00pm until 9:00pm

Collecting
Go to UNT and check out five more CDs. Rip them to my hard drive.

Guitar
Use a metronome! Practice strumming chord two progressions from Yupo. Do position 1, no open strings fretting exercise. Practice C major scale (position 1 and single string). Practice playing chords and melody for Happy Birthday to You Do flashcard game. Do a new Hal Leonard lesson. Practice playing and singing I Got A Woman.

Voice
Practice first and second exercises on CD. Do One-and-a-half Octave set. Practice Angel Eyes, All of You, and I’m Glad There is You once or twice apiece. Record them. Practice Roxanne.


Thursday, June 18th
lunch break; 7:30pm until 9:30pm

Planning and other activities
Order Stevie Wonder book through Barnes and Noble.

Guitar
Practice playing chords and melody for Happy Birthday to You. Play through new Hal Leonard lessons. Practice playing and singing I Got A Woman.

Voice
Do One-and-a-half Octave set. Practice Roxanne and Never Dreamed You’d Leave in Summer. Record them.

Friday, June 17th
work at the Italian Inn

Voice

Do One-and-a-half Octave set as warm up. Sing Angel Eyes, All of You, and I’m Glad There is You! Record them. Focus on breathing.


Saturday, June 18th
1:00pm until 8:00pm

Planning and other activities
Review plans and update them. Think up and write down some interesting approaches to the songs I already do. Write up my “learn a CD project.”

Guitar
Use a metronome! Practice strumming chord two progressions from Yupo. Do position 1, no open strings fretting exercise. Practice C major scale (position 1 and single string). Practice playing chords and melody for Happy Birthday to You Do flashcard game. Go over Hal Leonard lessons. Practice playing and singing I Got A Woman.

Voice
Practice third and fourth exercises on CD. Do One-and-a-half Octave set. Practice Roxanne and Never Dreamed You’d Leave in Summer. Record them.

Sunday, June 19th
1:00pm until 8:00pm

Guitar
Use a metronome! Practice strumming chord two progressions from Yupo. Do position 1, no open strings fretting exercise. Practice C major scale (position 1 and single string). Practice playing chords and melody for Happy Birthday to You. Do flashcard game. Go over Hal Leonard lessons. Practice playing and singing I Got A Woman.

Voice
Practice third and fourth exercises on CD. Do One-and-a-half Octave set. Practice Roxanne and Never Dreamed You’d Leave in Summer. Record them.



Week 26 of 52

Wednesday, June 10th
8:00pm – 11:30pm

Guitar
Practice strumming chord progressions. Do position 1, no open strings exercise. Practice playing and singing I Got A Woman. done

Voicedone%
Read over Vocal Technique book. Practice first exercise on CD. Do One-Octave exercise.done


Thursday, June 11th
5:30am – 7:00am; 3:00pm until 8:00pm

Planning and Other Work
Rip CDs from practice books. Write a plan for this week’s practice. done

Guitar
Use a metronome! Practice strumming. Practice C major scale (position 1 and single string). Do position 1, no open strings exercise. Practice playing and singing I Got A Woman. Practice playing chords and melody for Aura Lee, Jingle Bells, and Ode to Joy. Do flashcard game. Read and play through Lesson 16 – Lesson 45 at a really slow pace (be sure to name notes as I play them.) mostly done; didn’t do flashcards or Hal Leonard book. I practiced for three hours instead of five.

Voice
Do One-and-a-Half Octave set. Do first three exercises from Murray book. Practice Angel Eyes, All of You, and I’m Glad There is You. not done

Collecting
Take CDs and books back to UNT and check out five more. done


Friday, June 12th
11:00am until 1:00pm; 1:45 until 2:30; two hours at the Inn

Guitar
Use a metronome! Practice strumming. Practice C major scale (position 1 and single string). Do position 1, no open strings exercise. Practice playing and singing I Got A Woman. Practice playing chords and melody for Aura Lee, Jingle Bells, and Ode to Joy.not done

Voice
Record and listen to my performances. Focus on breathing. Do two sets of the voice exercises from Set Your Voice free. Sing Angel Eyes, All of You, and I’m Glad There is You. not done


Saturday, June 13th
9:00pm until 11:00pm

Guitar
Use a metronome! Practice strumming. Practice C major scale (position 1 and single string). Practice playing chords and melody for Aura Lee, Jingle Bells, and Ode to Joy. Do a new Hal Leonard lesson

Voice
Breathing exercises. One-and-a-half octave set. Sing Paranoid Android and Sunday, Bloody Sunday.I ended up doing my vocal practice at the Inn; I was a bit distracted, but it was fun. I sang Angel Eyes, All of You, and I’m Glad There is You.


Sunday, June 14th
7:45pm until 11:00pm

Voice
Breathing exercises. One-and-a-half octave set. Practice Paranoid Android and Sunday, Bloody Sunday. Sing ‘Love and Happiness’, Paranoid Android, Sunday, Bloody Sunday, and I Got A Woman at karaoke.not done; I didn’t go to Karaoke, and I went to bed early.

Collecting
Buy four albums from Amazon. not done



Saafir has gotten 11 cheers on this goal.

 

I want to:
43 Things Login