Originally Posted by firefrets
This isn't meant to be argumentative...at all... to quote our good friend Mr nahum,and his theory of needing to know 25-50 songs is in my opinion pure hogwash... I know,and have played with,many professional jazzers,and the chance of any of them KNOWING 25-50 standards,without the use of sheet music,is highly unlikely.Remember,we are talking about Jamming,not reciting.
Uh... this isn't meant to be argumentative either (at least not in a confrontational sense) but you might ask some of your "jazzers" about that: I think you'll find many of them actually know several hundred
standards to jam on – without the use of sheet music.
That and some of your other statements above ("Lots of jazzers are very tecnical (sic),but can't play soulfully,or melodically,to save their lives...") don't really square with my
experience(s) – but maybe we've just been playing with different folks. ;-)
These are most of the chords you will need to play modern jazz.
Actually, those are a few common guitar 'grab' forms of a few
basic chords with various extensions – but they hardly constitute "most of the chords you will need to play modern jazz." :-\ What you will
need is either a truly GREAT ear, OR a good working knowledge of theory, including chord construction, chord/scale relationships, and functional harmony – or both
I do like your suggestion in your 2nd post of concentrating on chord tones and finding the notes that connect them. :-) But that's where a little knowledge of theory can go a long way, i.e., helping you find the RIGHT notes. ;-) All IMO, of course – but again, ask some of your jazzer friends, and see what they
tell you. Hope it helps, CS :-)
(P.S. This has nothing to do with any of the above [and is NOT meant as a criticism] but your posts might be a little easier to read if you would learn to use the space bar after
every punctuation mark. Don't be afraid, it's no more difficult than any of the other keys on the keyboard. Hee.) ;-) Thx. :-)