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zannad

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What's your new year resolution? Are you going to introduce a new instrument? (e.g. a Soprano or Bari or a Piano?), learning to read a score? Or doing it more fluently? Learning/improving your improvisations skills? How to improve your hearing skills? Conquering the perfect pitch?

Surely for most of us there is plenty of choice....

I'm thinking of starting to learn more complex tunes - my repertoire is basic: pop/rock/blues and some jazz standards (the easy ones)....there are some bebop tunes in a few Aebersold recordings which I deliberately skip as I've realized not all chords progressions can be played by ear alone (in fact I can't follow certain tunes).
So, a more in depth analysis of harmony in context should be my priority for the next year...

Anyhow, let us know about yours - it might be an inspiration to others...
 

daveysaxboy

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Mines simple,1st the good old 1 of getting more fit !!!!!!!!! getting another baritone then buying nothing else.This year i've had a crazy gear time but wanted my home studio done at last and its now all done with some great studio stuff so i'm very happy.I plan on getting back to a more strict practice routine but heavy gigging,late nights,lots of bands takes it out of you hence getting more fit.The big 50 gets even closer,ARGHHHHHHHHH
 

zannad

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With a new Bari and with all that gigging you don't need to book your local gym...
On reflection I might need to sort out my recording gear....I'm still struggling to get things done with a minidisc recorder which is pretty pathetic...
 

Lelly

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I have decided to be more positive and to go and get what I want to achieve. So, I am taking steps to form my own band. Got past the 1st hurdle. i know the sound I would like. Now just to find some talented musicians to join me.........
 

daveysaxboy

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I have decided to be more positive and to go and get what I want to achieve. So, I am taking steps to form my own band. Got past the 1st hurdle. i know the sound I would like. Now just to find some talented musicians to join me.........
Good luck as the talent bit is not the hard part its getting 4 or 5 people in a room on a given date who are all like minded and all want the same thing and are prepared to work at it,now that is the hard bit.
 

Ivan

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Just trying to keep at the practice, enjoying the sessions that go well and not getting too down at the crap ones where I seem to have backpedalled

Get my alto overhauled once I have saved some pennies. The tenor was repadded, rejigged and cleaned at the end of last year which changed it from a useless piece of yellow metal to a musical joy. The alto has not had a service from new in 1984 but has remained playable. Now the tenor is in good condition the alto is showing itself for the wheezing, clunking sad little thing it has become

Try to keep GAS at bay and remind myself that the hardware is only a very small part of musicianship (that said I have Chronic Soprano And Baritone Deficiency Disorder for which GAS is the only known treatment)
 

dooce

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Nothing to do with the sax, it's to get my motorbike out more. Re-taxed in November and I haven't even attached the new licence disc to it yet!
 

jeremyjuicewah

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Good luck with all your ressies. About 7 or 8 years ago mine was to give up smoking. It worked. Since then I have had a lot of respect for new year resolutions. I have a couple this year but I am still mulling them over. Still seems like new year to me.
 

trimmy

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What's your new year resolution? Are you going to introduce a new instrument? (e.g. a Soprano or Bari or a Piano?), learning to read a score? Or doing it more fluently? Learning/improving your improvisations skills? How to improve your hearing skills? Conquering the perfect pitch?

Surely for most of us there is plenty of choice...
Will be trying to do all of the above (except the Bari) :thumb:

Just to practice a bit more! Last year was pretty poor on that front.

And on a non-music level - lose the belly! :)
But these are both my resolutions (you been in my head Steve) :D
 

MellowD

Lost In Theory
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Simply just to keep moving forward with the progress I've made so far as regards sax, and ultimately be gigging in some format, even if its only starting on a small scale.

Get back to working by setting up a small home business that will allow for my health issues thereby not affecting anyone elses needs.

Between those two, I think that's quite enough, and I've already made big leaps by changing my sax teacher, and ordering lots of additional tools and materials I've been waiting for, to get going with business which will arrive in the next couple of days. Time to stop meandering and fully get going.
 

zannad

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Good luck with all your ressies. About 7 or 8 years ago mine was to give up smoking. It worked. Since then I have had a lot of respect for new year resolutions. I have a couple this year but I am still mulling them over. Still seems like new year to me.
I gave up smoking for good about 12 years ago - it wasn't a new year resolution (it was late October)....before that I was stopping and re-starting smoking randomly - at time without ciggies for 3-4 days and then chainsmoking a whole packed in one evening down the pub (this way is even more damaging than being a regular smoker)....what make all the difference that October?

1) stay away from booze if you want to stop smoking - alcohol weakens willpower...(2-3 months without going down the local pub helps a lot).
2) don't compromise with other "smokes" - I was banning nicotine but happy to get the occasional puff of weed from friends?!...(how could anyone say no to a communal spliff?). Simply say no to inhaling any kind of smoke (full stop).
3) change your habits - it helps if you are moving somewhere else or starting a new job (or losing one - a good excuse to save some cash).
4) buy bags of chewing gums - and keep chewing....
5) lots of physical exercises do help a lot - get a push bike....and keep pedaling whenever possible.

that's it...this is basically what worked in my case. :welldone
 
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