30 Days

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I’m a pretty huge fan of Bob Reynolds’ occasional vlogs. He’s a saxophonist based in Los Angeles who currently is in the futuristic fusion group Snarky Puppy. You might have also seen him with John Mayer or doing choreography while playing on The Voice. Bob is an incredible musician who makes these quite informative little movies on YouTube where he gives you insights into live as a freelance musician, does Q&As, and even hands out some of the most informative lessons around—even if you don’t play sax.

For a while he was cranking them out daily, but family and life happened so they appear a little less frequently now. And that’s probably for the best considering how busy Bob is. I can’t even tell you how much I’ve learned from these vlogs. Here are a few I HIGHLY recommend:

Practicing Deep Listening #114

Transcribing jazz solos: HOW—and WHY—I do it #35

Practicing a 4-chord loop #115

Memorizing music #136

Practicing Patterns for Jazz: How I Maximize an Exercise #28

Now that I’m firing up the blog again there was one BobVlog that really seemed to resonate with me. It was this one:

 

Bonus: I really need to revisit that Coltrane album.

The big takeaway was kinda buried in the middle of the video.

Find something that is manageable and do it. It doesn’t matter if it’s good or not.

There it is. I always felt that since making movies like Bob or Janek Gwizdala (who also does incredible vlogs) that it wouldn’t matter that much. I was dead wrong.

So, I’m taking Bob and Austin’s advice: I’m not going to break the chain. I will post something here for the next 30 days. I’m already sweating a bit as I type that because I’m not only in the very final stages of finishing an album, but I have a few gigs this month, Summer NAMM, the Iowa City Jazz Fest, and a dear friend from NYC coming to visit. But that’s not the point. 30 days it is.

 

 

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