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It’s Summer time :)

In Fun on July 26, 2016 at 2:13 pm


See you soon


Why the Major Chord is Happy and the Minor Chord is Sad.

In Chords, Fun on May 19, 2016 at 5:02 pm

We’ve heard all our life that the major chord is happy & the minor chord is sad. Here’s an infographic explaining why


Cycle of fourth watches

In Fun on July 23, 2014 at 5:22 pm

Hey, did you see that?

gonna buy one, immediately… 😉


Cycle of fourth watches


In Fun, Summertime on July 18, 2014 at 9:35 am
Summertime, and the livin' is easy
Fish are bitin' and the cotton is high
Your daddy's rich and your mammy's good looking
So hush, little baby, don't want you cry
Some of these days you're gonna rise up smiling
Spread your wings and take to the sky
Till that time there ain't nothing gonna harm you
So hush, little baby, don't you cry
Hush, little baby, don't you cry


pdf here: Summertime

Backing track (120 bpm)


Jazz quotations

In Fun on November 7, 2013 at 1:02 pm

Wes Montgomery Quotes “I got a standard box. I don’t never want nothing special. Then if I drop my box, I can borrow somebody else’s.” – Wes Montgomery (his “standard box” was the hollowbody Gibson L5-CES – cutaway electric Spanish)

Miles Davis Quotes  “If you’re trying to be hip, be hip.” – Miles Davis

Steve Lacy Quotes  “In fifteen seconds the difference between composition and improvisation is that in composition you have all the time you want to decide what to say in fifteen seconds, while in improvisation you have fifteen seconds.” – Steve Lacy

B.B. King Quote  “Charlie Christian had no more impact on my playing than Django Reinhardt or Lonnie Johnson. I just wanted to play like him. I wanted to play like all of them. All of these people were important to me. I couldn’t play like any of them, though …” – B.B. King

etc … Jazz Quotations at

The Wes Montgomery sound?

In Fun on May 4, 2013 at 10:00 am

I am looking for an archtop guitar/amplifier that will give me that
Wes Montgomery, (Kenny Burrell, Joe Pass, etc. etc.) tone.

Jazz Guitarist Jack Grassel said once he was working with a Cellist from the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra when a person walked up and commented “Wow, your Cello sounds fantastic this evening”. Surprised at this comment the Cellist bent down and put his ear to his Cello ….”Funny” he said, “I don’t hear anything”.

We could comment that if Wes Montgomery came into a Guitar store and started playing guitars and amplifiers, everything he played would sound just like Wes. Not surprising. The artists we admire create the sound we love mostly guitsoundthrough technique. They adjust their technique depending on the situation and equipment to get that same sound and effect. It is worthy to note that this finely honed technique took years and years of painstaking development and refinement.

Now it is true that some guitars will tend to sound darker and/or brighter which could help an aspiring musician emulate the elusive sound in question. Even Wes would have a tough time getting his sound playing a Telecaster on the bridge pickup through a Hot Rod Deluxe amplifier. But for the most part, Wes could get his sound through a variety of quality archtops or even a semi hollow body connected to a non distorting jazz amplifier.The most important choices for guitar selection should involve getting a guitar that is comfortable for you to play and that will perform well in your scenario. See “Which Archtop Guitar Is Right For Me”.

le temps des vacances

In Fun on July 20, 2012 at 10:10 am

eh oui, à bientôt et bonnes vacances

In Fun, Uncategorized on March 30, 2012 at 11:47 am


From just about its inception, Jazz has had a (spoken) language all its own.

Though most words haven’t seen the light of day outside of a jazz club, quite a few have found their way into the mainstream American lexicon, and are still bandied about today. Words like, hipcat and daddy-o have helped contribute to Jazz’s “cool” mystique.

18 Karat — All the way, full out.
The Duke is a classy guy, his heart is “18 karat.”

Air-check — A recording of a radio or television performance.
Did you hear the “air-check” of Billie Holiday with Gerry Mulligan?

The Apple — New York city. This is now common usage.
We got a gig up in “The Apple” at Minton’s with Diz and Bird.

Axe — An instrument.
Hey, Jack, bring your “axe” over tomorrow and we’ll jam.

Baby — A term of endearment.
Hey, “baby,” I got some…

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Happy New Year 2011

In Fun on December 31, 2010 at 5:13 am

Joyeux Noel & Merry Xmass to You All

In Fun on December 23, 2010 at 4:19 pm