My recital was a big hit on Monday night. I must say that I am relieved that it is finally over and that I can go about my remaining days at the University of Central Oklahoma with less stress. I do look forward to hearing the recording in a few weeks. I am having it mixed and mastered at the Jazz Lab by recording engineer and general musical mastermind, Aaron Tomasko. I'm excited to hear what he does with it and how great it all came out. It sure sounded great that night!
In December I get to walk across the stage and graduate with my Bachelor's of Music. Immediately following that, and perhaps sooner, I am going to begin studying classical guitar with local guitarist extraordinaire Matthew Denman. Classical guitar has always been a topic of interest to me, and at the urging of maestro guitarist, Paul Bollenback, I decided to find a teacher. I look forward to having time to practice on my own, transcribe solos, memorize jazz standards, work on technique and classical repertoire, and just get to live life without college for awhile.
One big misconception about the collegiate music atmosphere is that you actually improve a lot while in college. It's not to say that you do not improve by attending these programs, but your improvement comes from the bandstand and not in the classroom. Education happens in the classroom, but experience happens outside in the real world. I look forward to experiencing the real world a great deal more than I have as of late. I've gigged with a lot of great musicians lately, and can tell the difference in my playing from our interactions - the difference being more drastic than the change over my collegiate career. I can tell the difference in my playing thanks to one lesson with Paul Bollenback. I can tell a huge difference after transcribing just a few choruses of Wes Montgomery, Peter Bernstein, and Lage Lund. So I do look forward to working on my own.
Well, another milestone down and it will be time to relax in December and find a real world job. Hopefully music related, but if not part-time anywhere, so that I can still teach and gig as much as possible. One of the facts of a musicians career is that you do what ever you can to make your dream the biggest part of your life. Any job that pays the rent and keeps you able to practice and improve is a good job.
Thanks for reading! Time to go practice - whatever I want!