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5Strats
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GospelBilly!
Sep 20th, 2017 08:37 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I spent a couple of years working on my rockabilly chops, only to notice that jazz guitar playing kept creeping in.

The jazz oriented songs I play are original compositions, but I'm also going to learn a few "covers" such as Miles Davis' "So What." I basically know George Benson's "Breezin'" but need to work it out for one guitar.

Parents tell your children, STAY AWAY from that damn rockabilly! (;oD

ps - I don't consider myself a legitimate jazz musician, but I'm good enough to play the jazz music I write.

Te 52

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Sep 20th, 2017 10:05 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Good observation. Another genre that was surprisingly jazzy for its time was Western Swing as played by Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys. Check out Eldon Shamblin's guitar break at 1:00, and the trumpet solo that follows.

Charlie Christian credited Shamblin as one of his major influences.

stay a little longer

(This message was last edited by Te 52 at 12:11 AM, Sep 21st, 2017)

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GospelBilly!
Sep 20th, 2017 10:12 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Te 52 - That's definitely true about western swing. That guitar solo in the clip is pure jazz.

Achase4u

U.S. - Virginia

Sep 20th, 2017 09:51 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I am a jazz practicer and player and I made a side step there from the blues. However, I have seen all the similarities in Rockabilly and Western Swing and love those styles just as much. It's just plain hot music.

Dolemite

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Fairly Unbalanced
Sep 22nd, 2017 09:52 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Don't forget West Coast/Jump blues. Igor Prado is a favorite, solos chock full of quotes from Charlies' Parker & Christian.

Smokin' Exhibit A:

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GospelBilly!
Sep 22nd, 2017 01:21 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I'm so Prado you for posting that clip. Nice playing! (:oD

Cal-Woody

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Why do I keep fixing things that work?
Sep 22nd, 2017 06:34 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The main reason I like jazz is the way you learn how to use the chords and passing phrases to enhance your rythym playing. It adds so much support for a guitarist/band and gives a lot of emphasis to the entire song.
It makes you sound and feel so accomplished and fills in all the gaps.

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GospelBilly!
Sep 26th, 2017 07:27 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I listened to Pat Metheny's debut album over the weekend and found it interesting that he mostly played chord fragments, along with the lead parts.

Achase4u

U.S. - Virginia

Sep 29th, 2017 08:31 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Cal... I am with you. The comping is amazing.

This book is nothing but that style of comping.

It has been great for me. Even just learning the embellished 2-5-1s that he does are worth it alone IMO. That beautiful melodic/voice leading movement that takes place over just a 2-5-1 vs chunking away on a low voiced 2 for four beats, then 5 chord etc... I love it.

https://www.amazon.com/Barry-Galbraith-Comping-Play-Long/dp/1562240404/ref=sr_1_fkmr1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1506738554&sr=8-1-fkmr1&keywords=barry+galbraith+coming

Deep

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Oct 24th, 2017 05:56 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Try playing "Stray Cat Strut" by The Stray Cats. Brian Setzer throws in a lotta jaazy chords and solos on this seemingly Rockabilly sounding tune.

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GospelBilly!
Oct 24th, 2017 06:33 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Deep - That's a good example.

Setzer's guitar playing is so good its down right frightening. I love the two live Rockabilly Riot albums I have. The fact that he's singing while playing a lot of this jazzy stuff makes it even more impressive.

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