Sunday, January 5, 2014

Happy 2014! And some news ...

I wish you all a great and successful New Year!

I've just returned from a trip to Austria, where I was asked to join some of my friends to play a concert at the New Year's party on the main square of Linz. It was great fun to play with people I already played with 20 years ago, and it was also great to share the stage with Johannes Forstreiter, a young Austrian drummer I hadn't met before.

Left to right: Hannes, Maalo, me, Irida, Alexandra Regenfelder

Here a photo from the soundcheck, you can see that I felt pretty cold ...

Freezing during soundcheck on the main square of Linz on New Year's Eve.

The concert went really well, even though there was no rehearsal. We just had a few skype sessions to agree on song forms, keys, and solos. I wish it was always that easy ...!

Let me also tell you what I'm currently working on. Apart from some preparations for concerts starting in February, I'm working on two things right now: I've transcribed a solo by Oz Noy and I'm currently learning to play it. Unfortunately I don't have a lot of time for this, but as soon as I feel comfortable with it, I'll record a video and I'll share the transcription with you. The other thing I did was that I finally got myself the latest book by Mick Goodrick and Tim Miller: Creative Chordal Harmony for Guitar. Everybody has been talking about their concept of "Generic Modality Compression (GMC)", and since I'm into music theory and advanced harmony I thought I should also understand what they are doing. Mick Goodrick is an accomplished guitarist and guitar teacher. He has published many books, the most famous of which is probably The Advancing Guitarist, a book I've read (and enjoyed) many years ago. To be honest, I didn't know Tim Miller, but I've checked out some of his youtube videos, and it's obvious that he's a great player from whom we can learn a lot. I'm still playing through the examples in the book, but I'll soon post a book review on this blog. So check back soon!

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