when i bought my electric piano 6 years ago and started learning the language and rhythms of jazz, i found this site quickly on the internet and have used it continuously as a sourse of both inspiration and information.  i have read almost all of the threads in the forum and played through all of the excersises and lessons put here by all of you.  i have not contributed much (you can still hear some pretty bad playing on the old site midi files), but i have appreciated the wealth of information amassed here.  i've been playing regularly in a bar in town for two years now, and, to a great extent, it was due to the encouragement and information that i found on this site that i actually worked up the testes to get the gig and show up for it each week dispite bad nights and bad crowds.  anyway, i am not as eloquent as i would like to be here, but thank you scot and the rest of you too.
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i second that notion completely!  i love this place.  thank you scot.

james
that's great to hear!   keep it up, once you know how to play jazz, the only way to really get better is to gig.

i've had some emails in the past that have been nice, like the  messages above.  one guy started coming to this site when he was in high school and because of the inspiration it gave him, he wound up getting his jazz studies degree and is traveling the world with a band playing jazz.  nice, huh?

but keep in mind that this site is a framework that holds a compendium of information, most of which i did not provide.  we have to thank everyone here like 7, albetan, mike, etc... all those cats who have been here for so long and have offered their words, knowledge and inspiration for free.

too bad everyone lives in the four corners of the world.  back in the bbs days, most of your userlog was full of local callers so you could have a yearly get together at a pizza place or something, but it's kind of hard these days, especially with a site full of poor musicians :)
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thx for the honorable mention, much appreciated!
yes as 7 says the mention is very much appreciated and unexpected because really i consider place to be thanking you scot.  this site fills a void for me.  sometimes i complain about things said here but hat is just the nature of a the naturally grouchy old man i have become turning a half century years old on nov 6. and also the result of a bazarre sence of humour that i just can not seem to control.  but there is a void that is created when one achieves a certain level of mastery in this idiom.  for the most part where i live it is like i am from mars i can speak and undrstand martian and nobody else can.  when you understand jazz on an advanced level you might as well understand martian.  so it such a great thing to be able to come to this forum scot 24/7 and know that i can always find other martians to communicate with... you, 7, whacky etc, etc  it fills that void and provides a home where everyone for the most part understands what i am talking about.   this forum is such a unique animal.
well said dr. mike.

you're doing a wonderful thing here dr. scot.  it is very much appreciated!  even when i take my sabbaticals from posting, i'm usually lurking.  i never know when i'm going to pick up a great tip or thought.
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