Following on from yesterday's post Too Much Harmony?, a good approach to learning to solo on a standard would be to have in your mind a version for soloing that weeds out as many chords as possible, leaving only the most important. So taking the first 8 bars of I Thought About You as an … Continue reading You Can Constructively Ignore Harmony
When I was at best an improver at jazz, a tutor who I very much respected told me that he was hearing too much harmony in my solo playing. My first reaction was surprise – how could you possibly have too much harmony? Wasn't that what we'd been taught to do? Play through the changes … Continue reading Too Much Harmony?
Sourdough formulae that I currently use.
I made pizza on a sourdough base. This post is to document what I did, so I can remember it. See this post for the basics of how I make sourdough bread. This recipe is enough for an 11" pizza or 2 x 8" pizzas. The night before you want to make pizza, take 50g … Continue reading Sourdough Pizza Base
What is this I've been baking sourdough bread for a few months so I'm by no means an expert. I've written this blog mostly as a response to people asking me what I do, and also to keep a record for future reference. It is meant as a description, not a prescription, and it's continuously … Continue reading Beginner Sourdough Bread
UPDATE: This post is out of date. Please view this post instead. This series of posts is meant as a record of my experimentation with sourdough and bread machines, plus various ways of hand finishing and baking. I am not an expert but I've found a way that is really very simple, although you do … Continue reading White Sourdough in the Bread Machine
UPDATE: This post is out of date. Please view this post instead. Who is this for If you've never made bread before, this is probably not the place to start. Maybe make white bread first, or 50/50 strong white / stone ground wholewheat flour, using active yeast. Also, practice makes perfect, you shouldn't expect your … Continue reading Sourdough 100% whole wheat using bread machine
UPDATE: This post is out of date. Please view this post instead. During the 1977 Baker's strike I started to make my own bread, and did so for years, but at some point it dropped away. Maybe because we could get decent bread locally, and then because we had a bread machine. But inspired by … Continue reading 100% Whole Wheat bread baked in a casserole dish
I made chilli pickle, based on this recipe, found by Jonathan Kahn. It's quick and simple. Remove stalks and chop up 15-20 finger chillies (I used 10 and it wasn't quite enough for the liquid ingredients). Toast in a dry frying pan or skillet , for one minute, 1 teaspoon each of: cumin seedsblack mustard … Continue reading Chilli Pickle
Here are some things that I aspire to do when learning / practising specific melodies or solos for guitar. I wish I could remember to do these things all the time. Some of them apply to other instruments (particularly piano) and other activities (like drawing, handwriting). This is not advice for other people because everyone … Continue reading How I learn material for the guitar, or No Pain, Good.