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Dear Dan,

20 weeks 20 songs …….my aim!!!

Week 1. Getting to grips by playing from memory “Autumn leaves” however l have difficulty going from B to Csharp any suggestions welcomed also when playing long notes (whole bar and more) should l try and continue that sound on into the next note or make a space as l hear many players with lovely flowing tones etc which to me suits this song but my sound seems to break up the continuity (maybe a breathing problem)?.

One thing that helps me is l have a “Jazz Standards” Lyrics textbook and reading and singing the lyrics gives and makes me feel the emotion of a song and then l try to transcribe that “word” feel to my works for me (sometimes l lose the timing!!)

This week (2) moving on to “All of me”

Frank Thorpe