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Re: another survey (wasRe: OT, but getting close to not-OT: guitar/sax improv sessions)
> Which brings me to a topic I've been wondering about lately:
> 1) how many people on the list do solo non looping gigs?
I've only done a few, but in the broad jazz genre, I've found this to be
most challenging performance setting. Sure, I can play contemporary style
and folk style for hours and hours, but playing solo jazz, no looping, is
not an easy thing to do.
> 2) "the beauty of the single not line" - how many guitar players/
> of multitimbral instruments can do an improv. gig using only single
> lines and hold an audiences attention? for how long?
Single notes only? I could do that indefinitely...and I think I could hold
an audiences attention...everything from quoting modern and class standard
heads to improvising my own lines.
> 3) if you're not comfortable doing this, is that because of preference
> (ie: vertical vs. linear hearing)? Being raised on a particular
> instrument? Or did you gravitate towards your preferred instrument due
> to how you hear things?
I find adding chordal improvisation to this to be even more challenging on
the guitar. For instance, if you use Joe Pass's solo approach as a
I can maybe to that for, eh, three jazz standards? If were are talking free
improvisation, I can do that indefinitely with chords and melody
but it is still a challenging thing. You really have to have a command of
instrument and harmony to pull this off.