Blues Lick #2, A Classic Lick in F
This lick can be found in numerous pieces. Below is a sampling. Sometimes it is played in the minor key. Sometimes it is sung in the chorus, sometimes it is fragmented on the introductions, sometimes it is played during a solo, and sometimes it is played on instrumental breaks. Horace Silver plays the lick thirteen times during his solo. See if you can locate them.
1. Listen to each piece and locate the lick.
2. Figure out which key it is played in.
3. Play the lick with the recording, coming in only when the lick is played.
Six not so secrets of learning we can take from babies.
I paraphrased these thoughts from the blog, "6 secrets infants can teach adults about learning" from Scientific American. The author is Rachel Wu a psychology professor at University of California, Riverside. Have a look.
The author postulates that cognitive decline maybe linked to older adults refusing to learn anything new because of embarrassment. Ouch.
See you in the practice room.
Alan Rusbridger, Gary Marcus, Tim Jenison, 10,00 hours and the hope, fear, and the dreams of mature students
Obsession is good. It puts a lift in the day, week, month, and year. Below are some inspirational stories of folks who just went for it.
Alan attempts Chopin's Ballade in G minor in one year.
Gary takes up heavy metal guitar at 40
Tim learns to paint.
What do they have in common? High intelligence, a bias for action, a naïve belief in themselves, and guts.
Gary's second short video, the third on this list, explodes the idea you need 10,000 hours. A great place to start.
BTW: I'm over the 3,000 hour mark in my drumming. That's 7 years of effort.
You've got to learn your instrument. Then, you practice, practice, practice. And then, when you finally get up there on the bandstand, forget all that and just wail.
I'm a professional pianist and music educator in West Toronto Ontario. I'm also a devoted percussionist and drum teacher.