A chance comment by a seasoned guitarist at a packed 50th party on Friday night led me to spend Saturday morning and this morning trying to replay the two Jazz standards I have been learning… but with the correct timing!
I have been learning and practising the two pieces (total length just 3 minutes!) at least every morning for a year now.
Initially it was impossible to even play many of the chords, let alone string them together to form a tune, but during a recent Music Theory lesson Lucas Cook commented that I seemed to know the chord progressions well enough to learn how to assemble them properly.
Andy’s comment reiterated that message and provoked action.
Unfortunately the correct timing requires me to play parts of the music way more than a tad faster, so I have a few more weeks of effort ahead.
We spent yesterday with Kim’s family which, with only 12 of us, was a marginally more serene affair,
Energised by lots of great people interaction I took to the machine this morning with a gusto… it STILL being cold and grey outside.
Working from a base of 7 mph, I increased the speed for 1-2 minutes every five minutes… initially 7.6, then 8.1, 8.6 and after about the halfway mark 9.1 mph. Because of the frequent changes in tempo I focused on very little apart from the running.
7.37 miles in 60 minutes.
After a shower, breakfast and a snooze (speak to Kim about her album of photos!) we set about cooking dinner for the next few days… a big colourful stew!
It’s now ready to eat, so… BYEeeee!
P.S. Very Happy Birthdays to Debbie & Evrim today!