- Tom Godfrey
- Atlanta, GA, United States
- When I suffered a lip injury that ended my career as a classical trombonist, I thought my life as a musician was finished, but I fell in love with music all over again when Santa gave me a guitar for Christmas in 2003. Even as I was struggling with my first chords, I was planning a new performance career. As a trombonist, I performed with the Heritage of America Band at Langley Air Force Base, the Ohio Light Opera, and in pick-up bands for touring acts that included Rosemary Clooney, George Burns, and the Manhattan Transfer. Reborn as a jazz guitarist, I sing and play my own solo arrangements of jazz classics, am half of the Godfrey and Guy duo, and hold the guitar chair in the Sentimental Journey Orchestra. I have been a freelance music copyist since 1995 and have been music director at Northwest Unitarian Universalist Congregation since 2011.
Thursday, March 21, 2013
I can easily spend an hour working on a new lick or transcribing a solo. If I were a younger man with fewer responsibilities, I could spend the whole day practicing. Alas, I don't have that kind of time anymore! To make sure I cover everything I need to learn, I've been timing segments of my practice session…20 minutes to work on a new lick, 15 minutes on a new song, etc.
Lessons with my new guitar teacher are the reason for my renewed focus. Until now, I've been working on jazz guitar in a piecemeal sort of way. Now, I have a clear path being laid out for me. It's still up to me to walk the path, but it's incredibly motivating when you can suddenly see where you're going.