This is a site that took 35 yrs to make. No it didnt take me that long to learn how, it just took that long to
I started playing guitar when I was 12 – I took lessons for about a yr and at that point I still really didnt
know anything about guitar.
I quit taking lessons because I wasnt practicing and wasnt really learning anything.
Funny how the two go hand in hand- thus the title of this site.
Is it time to practice or making time to practice? Sometimes I myself am not sure. As time goes by so
does practice, and with that so does learning and idle time from the guitar results in lost time to practice
and lost time to learn. After many years of practice and I still dont get it right.
become seasoned, build up, discipline, do again, dress, dress rehearse, drill, dry run, exercise, go over, habituate, hone,
iterate, polish, prepare, recite, rehearse, run through, shake-down, sharpen, study, train, try out, tune up, walk through, warm up,
work, work out
It all started when I saw Andre Segovia on tv.
I knew right then that I had to play guitar. I muddled around for some time after that practicing from the
books I got at lessons,
until a friend showed me a couple of chords and then it was ON! I practiced those chords day and night
until I could change to any of them in any order I could think of, but still I wasnt playing what I wanted to.
Then, one day I was invited to play with some other people that I didnt really know. I remember being
nervous about the whole thing.
As it turned out this led me to take quantum leaps in the right direction.
Most notably one of the guys that was there was Frank Singer, who now resides in Erie,Pa.
(he has a website that is well worth looking at if not including, getting involved in.) www.franksinger.com
Time went on and I was learning fast as Frank and I would trade licks back and
forth on the same song for hours. We aquired alot of
influences at that point - Duane Allman, we played alot of Allman Brothers songs back then -
Freddy Robinson(from John Mayall Jazz Blues Fusion)
man I listened to that album, yes vinyl, till it just wouldnt play anymore.
I guess we jammed together for a couple of yrs before Frank
went to college (you can read about that at his site) and I went to Colorado.
While I was in the Rocky Mountain State, I fell into a group called
“George Boogie Woogie Daniels and the Boogiemans Band”
One of the last of the original boogie piano players. We played nothing but blues, boogie and swing,
Boogie (thats what we called him)
couldnt read music but he sure had a way with those keys. He would start a boogie bass line with his
left hand, take a sip of his coffee with his right and then commence to bangin and trillin the melody
line with his right hand and Every time he played “Airmail Special” it
seemed to get faster and faster. We played all the time and ended up
opening for some of the biggest names in American Blues today. I hope soon to have a good
example of our work to post here in the very near future.
songs like “Right on it!” can be found below. (the link is in Blue)
Boogie died back in 1984 and will be greatly missed by alot of people.
right on it_0 © 2011 jb
was one of my
this one as far as I know doesnt have a name but if you listen real
close you can hear Boogie say “Here it is” before he starts to
As time went on I moved around and ended up in Texas. Over the years I was influenced by alot of Blues and Jazz players like
BB King, T-Bone Walker,Stevie Ray Vaughn, Eric Clapton, Charlie Christian, Stanley Jordan, Wes Montgomery, and many more. But lets not forget the Latin influence CarlosSantana,
Del Castillo, The Gypsy Kings, and once I heard Salsa there was no turning back.
Salsa para ti
So you see, the music I write has a combinationof all this and more, rock, folk, jazz, blues, latin, and a sorta fusion of all or any of these.
But like I stated before – many years of practice.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ce9Jtl9D6FQ Charlie Christian live recording