Today I have a nice dog to keep me happy and I begin another day on my jazz guitar adventure. Yesterday I was thinking how I previously believed (and often still do) you have to be a genius to play jazz guitar, and have a super sharp memory, lightening quick reflexes and tons of musical talent. Then, thanks to a book called Zen Guitar (not exact title, will add later) I thought more productively, and less judgmentally, about the odds that I will ever get good at this. And this term came to me: memory stacking. As a waitress one must remember all the orders, personalities, condiments, and so on. One needs a good memory for detail. So is jazz guitar harder than that? Yes…and no. If broken down, one skill within the jazz training foundation may tax the memory as much as what a food server has to do within a given working day. So, if it is like one day, I thought, I don’t have to be smarter than a waitress to play jazz guitar, I just have to only learn and attempt to reproduce ONE thing at a time…
Kind of like, stacking the jazz guitar skills one atop another within my mental circuitry: Memory Stacking.
…Until I have a giant multi-story building…or jazz mansion so to speak. Will see how that works as I continue on my jazz adventure.
One more thing…before I start daily practice I often find a good jazz guitar video. Today I will go for 5 hours, with this good example: