Friday, January 1, 2010

My Music Resolutions For The New Year!

So here we are in 2010!  A New Year in a new decade. 

How time flies.  And time again for some New Year resolutions.

And what better place to post up my music-related resolutions for this year than on this blog!

For 2010 I resolve to:
  • Write new original music -- This one's been on my mind for the last couple of years, but I just never got around to it.  I'd also been planning to write some vocal tunes, and not just instrumentals -- just because.  No major commercial intentions here.  I just feel it's time to go in a more vocal-oriented direction.
  • Put a band together, find a great singer and just get out there and play that new music! -- Some music festivals overseas would be nice.
  • Brush up on my sightreading -- I was actually a better sightreader when I was 18, just because I was doing it so much!  This is just one of those things where you have to lock yourself in a room, hunker down with tons of reading material and just do it.  Now where did I put Louis Bellson's Syncopation Studies and those Bach Violin Partitas?
  • Expand my jazz repertoire -- I plan on memorizing one new standard tune a week, purely for self-satisfaction and so I can ditch the Real Book for good.
  • Develop my jazz chord-melody playing
  • Start writing the first module of my Jazz Improvisation E-Book!
  • Further expand and improve my personal teaching syllabus -- I have some great and very promising students.  They deserve the best that I can offer.
  • Continue to add quality content and grow The Guitar Column, because you dear reader, also deserve the best I can possibly offer!
Here's to a great and very productive 2010!

Clinton Carnegie

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