Thanks Mark. YouTube is a great source of inspiration… particularly for listening. I think it’s great that you like 7notemode… he is one seriously talented musician with a superb sense of time and phrasing.
I’ll certainly take you up on that in the future. I’m working on moving PianoGroove to the USA permanently. From the time I spent there it makes perfect sense… the jazz scene is so much bigger than anywhere else I’ve been.
The E2 visa application is a complicated process but I’m hoping to have the application completed by early/mid 2018.
On the note of hiking…
I hiked around Yosemite earlier this year (a few photos attached) - I went off-season in late February so I had the trails all to myself and the snow-capped peaks were beautiful! I was there for 2 days and hiked both sides of the valley.
Day 1 - Yosemite Point Trail
Day 2 - Glacier Point Trail:
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"Instead of focusing on the end, enjoy the journey you are taking."
Exactly. Musicians devote their whole life to learning jazz. It’s a vast subject and there is always more to learn. Embrace it.
In my opinion, the basics is the hardest part. Once you get down your 251s (major, minor and rootless) and then understand extended and altered harmony - that’s a lot of the ‘tedious’ work done.
You should then feel a lot of freedom with harmony and how to interpret a lead sheet.
After that it’s just a case of listening, transcribing and studying/collaborating/performing with other talented jazz musicians. This is when the journey really begins!