Jazz Guitar: Listen First, THEN Play

With great jazz playing fresh in my ear, I can play from inspiration,

instead of fear…

hey, that rhymes….so fun.

 

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Sarah Vaughn: Listen to the Exquisite Final Note!

Since i have shared many jazz guitar videos, here is one of my first loves, singing, and the jazz singer who brought it to me–the desire to sing in that amazing style.  I had a roommate in the 80s who had old records lying around, she said I could have them.  One of them was Sarah Vaughn and after that I was hooked…Had never heard such vocal artistry.

I continue to improve on guitar, having learned to pick correctly after fumbling and groaning a lot…what a victory!  Now i need to master improv.

 

My jazz guitar adventure has always been in the service of my singing.  Sometimes I forget that.  Unlike pure instrumentalists I have my voice to entertain.

The purpose of learning guitar is so that I can grace my voice with the best jazz feel, jazz timing and with those fills between the vocals that set them of in all their shimmering beauty (at least that is what my vocal coach says my voice is like!)

Take the time to listen and watch the Sassy one:  The quality on this video is very good, showing her face, so relaxed while revealing intense emotion – quite a balancing act…

Wes Montgomery for your Saturday Jazz Medicine

For your Saturday jazz fix, the one and only Wes Montgomery.  If I am down and listen to this it is not possible to remain there.  Jazz is this thing, like love or zen, that isn’t translatable to words, really.  The feeling that it evokes, when it is good, is just magic

So I am very lucky indeed to be given a chance to learn to play and sing it.  As you watch Wes in this video, he is so happy, relaxed, yet exuding joy.  Maybe he was feeling how lucky he was to be such a great player.  He kinda reminds me of the cat that swallowed the canary, like, if you people only knew how much fun it is to play this music, you would all want to do it too!