Musical Journal

About 6 months ago, I bought a Moleskine notebook, and started using it as a kind of professional journal. I use it for setlists when I play live, for rehearsal notes, on sessions I sketch out quick charts, and on every page I note the date, the location, and the artist. It’s kind of cool to look back and have a record of what I’ve been doing, in a way that makes a lot of sense.

I’ve never been a journaler (expect for the time my court-mandated psychologist insisted), but this serves the function pretty well. It’s also awesome to have instant recall of charts and notes from things 6 months ago, when the client calls again.

By the way, kids, forget everything Daniel is teaching you in Arranging 1. This is what real charts look like.

moleskine-chart

4 thoughts on “Musical Journal

  1. michael lee Post author

    So, I had one piano student this last semester where I basically spent the whole time teaching him how to break down a tune into charts like this, and then build a piano part for them. It was pretty awesome, and probably one of the most practical things I’ve done as a prof.

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