Thanks for the encouragement. Always did really well in school, so I'm just not used to getting a failing grade after I put time and effort into something. And no, I'm not doing this for a certificate... do they really do that?
Yep, next HW is going to be VERY easy. 4 of the 6 scales are just modes of the major scale. Done. That means just getting two scales under your fingers enough to jam for 30 sec. Piece of cake.
As for your solo, not bad at all for your first shot at jazz, mine was my first shot at analytical jazz as well. How did you go about the note selection process? I can tell you have VERY strong technique, much better than mine. With that being said, I was more drawn to the passages and phrases that had a little bit of space to them, I'd say experiment w/ those more.
I'm kind of angry about the peer review grade on this 1st assignment because it's pretty obvious that I got some jazz gurus correcting mine and was only awarded TWO points out of the eight possible because I didn't mention the specific phrases from the rubric. I feel I was punished for not having a strong musical vocabulary as opposed to being graded on the effort put in and the points that I did point out, especially after listening to the recording. Part of the 'experience' I guess...
So how did everyone do w/ the first assignment? I BOMBED it and apparently was too lenient in grading because the only person I gave as low of a score as I actually got was someone who said they didn't have enough time to do it. Got a lot of good comments on my solo though and it definitely forced me to take a more analytical approach to building my ideas and utilize the chord tones, which is something I've never had to do before, so it was really cool to hear the final result of that pre-work. For anyone interested, here is my recording:
I have all of PB's backers on mine, all of my songs for my band to practice, and a few tunes that are on there to constantly keep learning new songs and/or solos.
To put songs on it just plug it into your PC and put the MP3s on there like an external HDD and you'll be good to go. It's pretty intuitive when you start to play around w/it. Let me know if you have any questions and I'll try to help as much as possible.
You're at the right spot if you want to get into jazz fusion, gotta practice, practice, practice. Learn some jazz standards, learn how to solo over them, mix in your bluesy pentatonic stuff, use the chromatic scale, and practice to the point that you can easily flow between everything.
I'm a big fan of Scofield when I get a jazz fusion itch.
Guitars are one of a kind. There are $3000 Gibson Custom Shop lemons and there are $100 Epi's that have tone and sustain for days. I have learned that you simply cannot judge an entire line or brand of guitars on a few samples, or even a stores worth of guitars. As soon as you write it off you won't even pick up that gem that will truly speak to you. Who cares how the headstock looks if it feels right in your hands and you find that it's easier to play than any guitar you've ever played? I don't even plug it in when I'm trying out new guitars... I just want something that feels right in my hand and has good acoustic tone... everything else can be changed (pups, hardware, pickguard, etc...) or fixed (tuning issues), but if it feels right and has good acoustics... that's all that counts for me.
Hate to say it... but go to GC and see if there is a guitar that speaks to you. I had this same urge, was going to go w/ an Epi standard LP and ended up walking out w/ a Gibson Studio because the tone and playability were just out of this world. Cost about the same too ($700), so I'd say go in and try a few and see which ones speak to you.
Never had an issue with it and loop licks all the time. Works the exact same as the CD trainer from what I can tell. I've used it to learn about 50 different songs since buying it last summer. Never used the Boss device, so I can't comment on whether one is better than the other. All I know is that if mine broke, I would IMMEDIATELY purchase a new one.
Stairway is influenced by a couple different sources, but musically speaking it's a fairly common chord progression. I personally don't think of him as less of a musician because of a some copped songs and licks. Guy can flat out play and influenced thousands of other players.
From the little I know the biggest issues came from stealing lyrics and entire sections of songs, which I can't really put full blame on Jimmy. Before he was in Zep he made a living doing studio work, so he definitely had skills and musicianship.
Best money I have ever spent. I have all my songs for my band on there, all of Pebber's backing tracks, any backers that I'm using if I'm studying a particular book, plus it has a tuner and metronome. I use it daily for all my practices and throw it in with my case whenever I travel. Can't go wrong at $100 either...
Print off the daily practice worksheet and start practicing each module every day for as long as you can. Any exercises that you don't know, do a youtube search for it and I'm sure you'll find it. I'd start w/ the following:
1 - Left hand trills 2 - Scalpel picking w/ a metronome 3 - Pentatonic scale runs 4 - Learn all of the major chord shapes and jam on one chord up and down the neck (CAGED) 5 - Major/Minor Arpeggios 6 - Sing while you play the major scale 7 - Learn a song or solo by ear
If you've got an hour, start w/ 10 min of each every day. Just the above should keep you going for a couple months.
You count them the same as if they weren't linked together. An eighth note is an eighth note whether it is by itself or if it is connected to other eighth notes. Stick to Pebber's picking lessons w/ a metronome and if you're having timing issues elsewhere, use a metronome for as many exercises as possible.