One Rule For Improv, Keep It Simple
Posted 10 October 2010 - 02:12 PM
The complexity comes from jazz, the blues element is still simple
Posted 13 October 2010 - 08:25 AM
Posted 14 October 2010 - 07:12 AM
But classical guitar also has an amazing amount of feel and emotion.
Monte is obviously very skilled and has a pretty unique way of playing but i personally wouldn't use him as an example for someone wishing to learn to play blues. He has his devoloped his own style.
Posted 14 October 2010 - 10:14 AM
Posted 14 October 2010 - 03:10 PM
That is a very good point, i'm getting swayed by discussions further on in the thread and i think my personal pref for simpler styles is coming into it.
My points above apply to my views on blues improv.
Posted 14 October 2010 - 03:53 PM
Posted 14 October 2010 - 11:37 PM
Posted 15 October 2010 - 07:37 AM
Posted 15 October 2010 - 06:11 PM
Also, I'm sure that he will see that you care about turning up on time and doing your best, and that is like gold for most bands. Let us know how you go. Do you have any means of recording it? You don't have to post the result, but it might be useful to listen back to after-wards so you can know what worked well and what needs to be practiced more.
Posted 15 October 2010 - 07:32 PM
Posted 19 April 2012 - 12:51 PM
Posted 08 May 2012 - 05:54 AM
Posted 17 August 2012 - 07:16 PM
When given the choice, simple is better.
There is genius in simple.
Posted 26 August 2012 - 09:32 AM
Simple might be better or it might not be. Too many variables and it is entirely subjective anyway. What is a mess to one person is a thing of beauty to another.
Posted 27 August 2012 - 07:23 PM
But you have to admit that complex things can always be broken down to simple steps. Therefore, everything is simple.
An old baseball player named Yogi Berra said "Its easy if you know how to do it"
Posted 31 March 2014 - 07:09 AM
Let's say a chord (usually chordS) shows up outside the parent scale...I treat that as a simple key change, and the way I learned scales (see my graph paper learning method) I find switching keys on the fly isn't all that hard. Quite a few key changes only require changing the 'guts' of a typical pentatonic box shape.
Another trick I might use to make the lines flow through the new chord, is to determine the interval distance of the new key center from the old one.. lets say the key moved a flat 3rd up...(random tidbit: shares 4 notes) simply be in the middle of a line and shift your line up a flat 3rd as you roll through it. Your now set up in your new key center. This works if the new key hangs around for a while.
*Most tunes, meaning anything but serious jazz, where chord tones are going to be a better way to get you through fast moving non-diatonic or altered chords...
And this would explain why I've gotten much much better at improv over the past few years, but still have a mountain to climb to get to jazz.
But as I get comfortable at improv....learning chord tones and seeing them up and down the neck is easier to see and understand.
Posted 15 November 2014 - 08:11 PM
Excellent discussion. No complaints. Many views on guitar playing and music, worthy of considering.
My perspective: YNGWIE, superlative speed and accuracy running scales. Soulful, no.
HENDRIX, maybe the best guitar player of the 20th century. Didn't read or write music. FEELINGS! COLORS! He frustrated his band mates at times with extreme SOULFUL musical goals in mind.
MEGADETH, one of the top speedmetal bands ever. According to ELLEFSON, they never "sat down and wrote out" a MEGADETH song. However, he said it REALLY HELPS to have basic knowledge of composition, and the ins and outs of music.
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