Week One Down!
Auditions are over and I found my way into Jazz Ensemble III. It will be my first big band experience and I am excited to hit our first rehearsal on Tuesday afternoon. I was not selected to be in a combo, but given that I have a recital to prepare for, I am sure the extra time will be beneficial.
My recital should be November 10th at 7pm barring any complications during the following weeks. I have to get a recital committee to sign off to grade my performance and after that I should be good to go. I have asked a bassist and drummer to play on my recital already and hopefully they will both work out. Everyone is trying to solidify their schedule this first week, so hopefully these guys can play the date. The goal is to ask the best players around, so I did!
The semi-hollow Ibanez 335 I purchased was sent back to the seller due to description issues. It was not properly described and pictures did not indicate that it was not the model he claimed. It was a mid-70's Ibanez 2454, but the body was drilled into and modified for a stop tailpiece, instead of the original floating tailpiece that wrapped around the edge. The pictures did not show the drill holes so I shipped it back to him. Once you drill posts for a new bridge into a guitar you cannot undo that damage. I'm glad it is off my chest and hopefully I can get my money back for it soon.
I have been selling a few items on eBay lately too. I got rid of my Pro Co Rat that was modded by Keeley Electronics. It was a cool pedal, but it just did not react well with my guitar. They seemed to fight each other rather than sound any good.
I am working on a Listen Up to focus on Peter Bernstein but I keep getting side tracked, and with school it is almost impossible to complete now. So for sanity's sake check out Bernstein's trio album of Thelonious Monk's music. It is well worth it as he does total justice to those tunes like no one ever has on guitar.