February 18, 2014

Its been a couple of months since my last blog, and I apologize to all the (thousands) readers who have been waiting, in angst by now, for this present posting.  I have good reason for being taken away from blogging duties, a result of the demands of some new, exciting projects, and the demands of university.

I joined a variety band named ‘About Last Night’.  I’m excited for our potential. So far it is a four piece, (Tristan) drums, (Kevin) bass, (me) guitar, & (Rachel)  female vocalist, utility player, stunt woman, and front person.   I estimate we start gigging in a month.  It is a really good chemistry of skilled players and has been fun.  For those of you who have been in bands you may be able to relate about finding the right people.  The band world is often a lot of fantasy and mystery, in other words, brain damage.   So I’m very thankful for these folks.  The same goes for my new duo partner.  Mark plays guitar, bass guitar, and sings.  Between the two of us we must know over a thousand songs, so we’re taking what we consider the best of those and building an excellent song list of country and rock tunes.   Its wonderful to be able to learn from the people you play with.  This duo, which doesn’t have a name yet, will be gig ready mid April.

On the business front, Golden Guitar Studios got its first guitar student via this website in early February.  I was pleasantly surprised to be found on internet, hope its a sign of things to come.  When the website achieves adequate visibility,  (comes up on the first google search page), available teaching slots should fill up quickly.  My new student (B (Major)) is a talented sophomore, actually a type of sponge.  I’m looking forward to a lot of music from him.

As for university, I have been declared an Arizona resident and will be able to start doctorate work in August.  That process was a roller coaster.  I’m sure I’ll make snide comments about it in future blogs, but first I must recover from the trauma and let disgust and pessimism subside.  There are two requirements to fulfill in order to be cleared to register.  First are the immunizations – they want your blood.  Next, I must take the GRE – graduate records exam – very similar to the high school SAT.  This will be the second time I’ve taken it, scores are only good for five years.  I’m so glad that I must spend the next two or three months memorizing 500 vocab words and reviewing math formulas – again.  I was informed it has no bearing on admissions.  Then, just earlier today there is an article on CBS news that says these kinds of exams are rather useless, that many universities don’t even require these tests at all.  And, the exam industry makes a lot of money.  O yes, I love it when my time and money are wasted. But, I would love it more if I could use that time to work on a Bach Lute Suite or the Tansman Cavatina or Capriccio Diabolico.  Ah yes, more mystery.  Until next time.  :)