I’m attempting to get into a daily practice routine. Started yesterday. Basically, I’ll try to get in 3 to 4 hours a day of practice. The practice sessions will be broken up throughout the day.
During each day, I’ll practice some bass side chord progressions and bass lines. Also, I’ll work on melody side scales and chord progressions. Chord progressions for both will be centered initially around blues and jazz progressions.
I’ll also choose one song a week to learn. I’ll start by choosing a song from one of the song books, as they are already arranged for the Stick. As weeks go on, I’ll work on arranging some additional songs out of a list I’ve been gathering.
This practice routine should help progress on the Stick. Of course, I’ll leave some time for noodling.
Funny how much I remember from the time I had with the previous Chapman Stick. I’ve been reacquainting myself with its requirements, i.e.: body and hand positioning, tuning, etc. Much is coming right back to me.
I have made some improvements to the tonal setup from what I did several years ago… by actually setting some boost to the mid range. Really enjoying the plain ol’ Stickup pickup on the Alto. Very pure.
Much work to do to make up for time spent in other pursuits.
Received a new instrument today. A Chapman Stick Alto. Beautiful Rosewood. So, a new journey begins.
Actually, the journey continues…
I had a couple Chapman Sticks several years ago. My impatience caused me to sell them. I was not mastering the playing of the instrument fast enough.
I’ve settled quite a bit since retiring. Sold off all of the unnecessary musical distractions. Have been through serious experimental phase and am now interested in simpler approaches.
Not that the Chapman Stick is simple…