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Discussion in 'Music to Your Ears' started by rave, May 16, 2018.
What we listen to is our influences, but what comes out is often different with traces of the influences. Otherwise your just repeating what you've heard.
What comes out can change with moods and age.
So I think there is a difference between playing a style, and being a true practitioner of that style.
For instance... I understand jazz harmony, improvisation, and I know a fair amount of standards, even a few Parker heads etc. That being said, if somebody called me to play a straight ahead jazz gig, I would probably give it to a friend of mine that is a bona fide jazz player, and hope that he sends me his calls for country gigs. IE- If on the course of a gig, we were to all decide to play Cherokee, I would kill it, but after the first 3 or 4 songs I imagine the well would start to run dry.
The flipside is, I could play a country gig and never repeat the same lick all night. I love jazz, and I can play jazz, but I will probably never be a Jazz player.
Put me down for another gypsy jazz. Love it; can't seem to play it.
No diving required...if you can keep a beat, and you know basic chords, you can play reggae on the guitar.
Turkish makam, Indian raga, Zulu maskandi. I try to mimic them sometimes for fun, but I'd never claim to play any of those three.
Real reggae guitar may be more challenging than it seems. It's really easy to play too much. And there may only be 2 or 3 basic barre chords in a song, but if you don't get the tone, rhythm and muting right... well, just listen to some of the not-entirely-convincing efforts of Clapton, Page and Andy Summers, not to mention countless less conspicuously gifted American fratboys
Ska is a big one for me. If I were going to try to play it, I'd be more likely to dust off my trombone than play guitar.
I listen to jazz and classical music, but other then a couple of standards, I don't play jazz and symphony music just smokes my brain if I try to break it down and analyze it. I do steal melodies from both genres.
I listen to everything. think I'm kidding?
Did you know "doom jazz" was a thing?
Nope. I only listen to the kind of stuff I play or would like to learn to play.
Folk, classical, some disco.
I often listen to the classical station on the way to work. No way I could play any of that.
Indian Classical, some prog rock - it's just too difficult! I would if I could.
Tuvan Throat singing - same excuse.
I love Chet Atkins-Merle Travis thumb picking style guitar, but I can't really play it.
I listen to a lot of it, but I mostly play with a flat pick as I have since 1964.
#metoo.... reggae has touched me in some way and even though it's mostly 3 chords and I know I could easily figure most of it out...I prefer to listen. As musicians we tend to dive into music and pick it apart to the point that we no longer listen to music like normal people.