- From: "Jon Slaughter" <Jon_Slaughter@xxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Tue, 03 Jul 2007 01:52:14 GMT
I encourage you to try all that kind of stuff.
yeah, I guess I just get discouraged and give up when it doesn't sound good.
(I expect that the more I practice the better I should get as far as
sounding good but that doesn't happen... everything sucks).
Obviously, there's much more to swinging than that. But learning to
emphasize the swing upbeat is a good place to start.
Yeah, I'm just trying to get a good foundation. The more I've been
getting into blues the more it seems its related to jazz and the more
I've listened to jazz the more I seem to sorta like it. Trying to get my
head around it though as theres a lot of things that happen that I'm not
conscious of and it seems that swing is the major thing and the hardest
thing for me to understand. (Not that I cannot play "swing" rhythms as
I've been doing that for a long time but its always been by imitation
instead of really understanding what is going on).
The shortest path, and not coincidentally the most fun, is to listen to
lots of swinging music and try to imitate what you hear. And to play with
lots of people who can swing.
You can't do this all in your head. And you can't do it alone sitting in
Unfortunately there doesn't seem to be to many musicians around in my
town(which is strange). Actually its probably cause I haven't looked hard
enough but if, say, I goto craigs list there are usually just one or two
guys per month that post on there for anything to do with music. Usually
those guys are just wanting to play punk or some crap and not really improve
there abilities. Hopefully though I'll find someone to play with that is
interested in learning with me or doesn't mind helping me learn.
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