Expanding Horizons: The Joys of Progressing on Guitar

Hello fellow guitar enthusiasts,

I wanted to take a moment to share the incredible journey I’ve been on recently. As I continue to progress on the guitar, I’m finding that the world of musical opportunities is expanding in ways I hadn’t imagined.  From solo gigs to collaborations, each experience brings its own unique charm and energy. Let’s delve into the highlights of this musical odyssey.

With each step forward in my guitar journey, I’m discovering a world of diverse musical experiences. The options for places and occasions to play seem boundless. It’s a testament to the versatility and adaptability of this instrument.

Solo Instrumental Magic

Playing solo instrumental sets has been a grounding and intimate experience. The guitar’s melodic power allows me to communicate directly with the audience, letting the music speak for itself.  Here is a video of my solo playing while I was on vacation this summer.

Collaborative Ventures

Teaming up with vocalists and other musicians has added a new dimension to my musical expression. The interplay between instruments and voices creates a rich tapestry of sound and emotion. Here is a video of a recent collaboration with a vocalist.

Meaningful Connections

Being part of sacred moments like the High Holy Days services has been an incredible privilege.  I accompanied the rabbi at the services at Cornell again this year.  Music has a unique ability to enhance the spiritual journey, and I’m grateful for the opportunity to contribute to these experiences.

Celebratory Milestones & Fun Events

Playing guitar and voice on events like retirement luncheons and classic car shows has been heartwarming. It’s a reminder of music’s power to evoke nostalgia and create a sense of celebration.

Exploring Jazz

Venturing into the world of jazz is always a delightful journey. Jazz offers a different kind of engagement and captivates audiences in its own special way.  I was grateful for 2 jazz gigs this month: The National Buffalo Wing Festival where a saxophonist and I were asked to play New-Orleans jazz and a quartet at the Rochester Science Museum, which I didn’t record video at, but here’s a recent jazz trio performance.

As I reflect on this musical odyssey, I’m struck by the endless possibilities that guitar playing offers. The ability to adapt to various genres, collaborate with other musicians, and create unique musical experiences is a true gift.  So, to all my fellow guitar enthusiasts out there, keep strumming, keep experimenting, and keep embracing the wonderful variety of musical experiences that await you.

Rock on!

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