A lot of people have said they were new to jazz so to help them... and all of us, I thought it would be a nice challenge for us to choose 3 of our favorite jazz artists. Only 3!!! So choose wisely! This will evetually make a list for people to go discover new players.
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@Robert Redden I understand how you feel. I’ve been playing for about 50 years and I don’t have a physical handicap. I’m experiencing the same difficulties and frustrations you expressed. Change is painful. Changing playing styles is a pain too. However, the benefits of learning a new style make you a better player overall. Like every skill it takes time and lots of practice. There will be good days when everything clicks, as well as bad days when nothing goes right. Just keep at it. The benefits outweigh the discomfort.
Here is what I came up with. I knew of this song but wasn't really familiar with it. It was kind of fun trying to figure it out. I'll resist the urge to point out any flaws. 😉 My attempt to record into an iPhone connected to my audio interface had a few issues, but I decided to embrace the white noise and intermittent ticking by turning on the vibrato pedal and making this a bit more lo-fi. https://youtu.be/bJ1NwRD1ED0 (If I get around to it, I might post up recordings of some of the more hairbrained versions of the song. My favorite is probably the Spaghetti Western version, but I also have a new dotted 8th arrangement, which would have required multiple cameras and more video editing than I care to do.)
@Mark Jennings-Bates I agree with both of you. I think that when on stage with a group there’s actually less pressure. If you mess up a bit it’s not so obvious. When we’re recording alone we tend to be more critical of ourselves. We want it to be perfect and that makes for increased nervousness.
A repost from @Mentor Jurgen Joarder -- thank you x 1000 """ I came across this video of Bill Frisell talking about melody, and how to add notes to that melody to create interesting "thin" chord melodies. It's really interesting and I really like this way of playing. https://youtu.be/FInW-BYXAxU?si=QGiJv7BSWbdkTnTG&t=162 """
Been messing around with guitar for decades now at nearly 70 and retired thought I'd really like to learn some Jazz standards. Be nice to get a recognisable tune out of a guitar and keep my mind and fingers active, welcome all the help I can get and this group looks great.
I’ve been playing guitar since I was 13 years old. Played professionally with a trio for several years. Then DJs became popular and the band work faded away. I put my guitars away and didn’t pick them up until 30 years later. The pandemic got me started again. What a mistake to wait so long! All of the standards I played as chord melodies have been lost. I can still comp pretty well but only in the key of C. That’s the key the singer used. So now I’m working hard to relearn the old stuff develop some new skills. I joined TrueFire and things are starting to come together. I usually practice between one and three hours each day. Unfortunately, I’m not able to commit music to memory like I used to. Hoping to make some new friends here and maybe get some additional motivation.
Thanks for your inspirational words. You’re right, the more I work at it the more of it sticks. One of the things Marc said in a YouTube video is that it’s more productive to learn the standards and hear how new techniques sound in a song than to concentrate solely on scales and theory. It’s certainly more fun playing songs.