After running through scales and studying music theory for hours I needed a break.
For those of you that play music you know that music theory is not exactly the most fun part of playing music (with free beer at gigs being on the other end of the spectrum). Where it lacks in fun it makes up for in importance. Like the basketball player who’s coach makes him practice free throws for hours when all he wants to do is slam dunk, not thinking about if he gets fouled on the way up? I took my break from studying and did one of my favorite things, played old fiddle tunes on my guitar. With my father’s help we videotaped our duet. Recording or video taping your own playing is a great way to evaluate progress and address areas of improvement to focus on. Keep in mind, practice makes perfect…Or does it? There is another saying embedded in our culture I am more inclined to believe, that is, “nobody is perfect.” What can be said about a language and a culture that has adages that are mutually exclusive? But I think that’s another blog. The purpose of practice is to try to improve. With that definition almost everything we do in our lives can be looked at as practice if we are trying to improve while we do it. Where we focus our improvement is of great importance. Well, here it is, a far from perfect but much improved version of one of my favorite old time tunes, Whiskey Before Breakfast. Special thanks to my father, Jeff Cohan for playing with me, and more importantly trying to improve with me.