August 14th, 2005

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Ain't Misbehavin'

It looks like musicianship has been slowly but steadily re-entering my life.

I spent the entire morning transcribing the chord sequence for "Ain't Misbehavin'" from my brand new Stephane Grappelli CD, and then trying to learn it on the guitar.

The "transcribing the chord sequence" part worked out really well. The "learning on guitar" part, not so much. Though I guess I shouldn't be too critical of myself. I have been playing guitar for less than a year.

I can't decide whether it's a crutch or a benefit that I spend so much time comparing what I play on the guitar to what I play on the piano. The purist in me says that if I keep going to the piano while I'm working on the guitar, I'll never be able to play the guitar as a guitar, I'll always be thinking of the piano while I play it. But the pragmatist in me has noticed that every time I try to correlate my knowledge of guitar and piano, my knowledge of guitar skyrockets.

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