A small shack to store wood for burning...usually logs. Back in the old days when a whooping was legal to give your children, a parent would take a child there to whoop them good for being bad.
Son in 1930: Fuck off mom!...oops.
Father in 1930: I heard that...you best go back to the woodshed now.
Son in 1930 woodshed: oooowwwwwwwwwwwww!!!
To lock oneself away with a musical instrument and practice, either a particular piece or in general, until the player has improved greatly or can perfectly play the piece he has been practicing.
Due to the many hours he spent woodshedding, Jon became a better guitarist.
An allusion to being corporally punished, where the victim would be sent to the woodshed to await his punisher. The woodshed was a popular location, because it was remote from the rest of the family, and there was abundant material there for fashioning a paddle or a switch.
Get to the woodshed boy - your pa is gonna tan your hide
when he gets home from the mill.
To practice a musical instrument. The woodshed is where you go to sharpen your axe
"Can't go out tonight - I've gotta woodshed."
AKA shedding, woodshedding is one of the most ambiguous jazz terms around (but the version I learned from old time players will be posted here). Sheddin is the act of intensely practicing your instrument after being publicly humiliated by your bad playing. This humiliation might be from a terrible solo or from not knowing the key the piece is played in (not being able to improvise in all keys). Shedding usually includes
This is derived from getting your ass beaten (with scraps from a woodshed).
I went down to a jam session at ----- about a month ago, and this other tenor player just tore my ass UP. So I shedded every day since, and I'm finally confident and able enough to play in public again. Ima tear this shit up, ya heard?! I went down to the woodshed.
To beat an opponant comfortably. In soccer terms, its equivelent to a goal difference of 4 between teams.
'haha,you got taken to the woodshed!!! '
'lol he got woodsheded!'
Jazz musicians call the hard work of improvising being in the woodshed. To aid these skills they copy and memorize the jazz solos of the masters and experiment with their own ideas.
Her best musical ideas came after spending hours woodshedding.