August 5, 2015
I found that the 212121 course and other series lesson are great, they modernize my sound instantly.
But I have a question, about the evolution process.
I began with learning traditional bebop language to approach jazz music.
After learning your unique concept, I start to have some vocabulary that sounds more modern, but I have no ability to cover the whole song with them.
The phrase might sounds from different language with different logic.
Or sometimes I tend to go back to my comfort zone using the vocabulary that I got used to.
Could you please share some opinion or experience to shed some light on.
September 1, 2012
It is a good question. Your phrasing will be the main factor here. Many of the musicians that have influenced me have a combination of traditional and unique/modern melodic content (ex. Keith Jarrett, Chick Corea, Michael Brecker, etc…) You can use their playing as a good guide for this. Anything can happen in an improvised solo, so leave yourself open to the possibilities. If you are playing good phrases that are melodic and thematic, and you are hearing the phrases and intend to play the notes, then different combinations of ideas will come out in a natural way.
February 19, 2016
I see you mentioned Michael Brecker, Chick Corea, Keith Jarrett, as some of your influences. Can you recommend any of their specific records that you have perhaps transcribed when you were studying them? Or any records by guitarists that you transcribed as well? I appreciate any input. Thanks. Darren
September 1, 2012
I learned many short phrases and chord voicings from many different people over the years. Basically anything that caught my ear I tried to learn. I liked “Don’t Try This At Home” by Michael Brecker, and many of his other records as well. I liked Keith Jarrett “Standards Vol. 1”, “Tribute”, “Standards Live” and many of his quartet and solo recordings. I listened to everything that Chick Corea put out as well. I listened to a lot of John Coltrane, Charlie Parker Lennie Tristano and Wayne Shorter as well. I listened to many guitarists including, Eddie Van Halen, Eric Johnson, Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, Allan Holdsworth, Scott Henderson, Frank Gambale, Pat Metheny, Mick Goodrick, Mike Stern, Wes Montgomery, Jimmy Raney, Joe Pass, George Benson, Jim Hall, Ralph Towner, the list goes on and on. I always liked transcribing Wes Montgomery. His phrasing was so sublime, I always felt like I learned something from him…just an unbelievable musician.
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