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Great playing everyone, sorry I am sort of sloppy, I have been running a chainsaw all day which leaves my hands sort of out of whack.
Slow Blues in D 3.mp3 - (4.03 MiB)
Since I'm still learning when I listen to blues critically I'm mostly looking at technique, some standard phrasing and background education. What always surprises me about these collaborations is the level of creativity. Where do these musical ideas come from?
You get to know each person's style and you expect to hear that. But what you really hear is a new concept for their part of the collab, an approach, a musical idea that you didn't see coming. That's what makes me listen to it over and over. And I wonder - will I ever get to the level where I'm creating new musical ideas? I hope so.
It also makes me realize that, while I struggle to gain technical proficiency, that's not really the goal. The musical creativity that is shown in these collaborations - that's the goal.
Great job, guys!
Hardly ground breaking technique i know, but whatever works for you is the best method, certainly works for me so i thought i'd ramble on for a bit in the hope that it may be a useful bit of advice to you. Just think of the guitar legends; Stevie Ray Vaughan for example, he managed to fuse Jimi Hendrix, Albert King, Jimmie Vaughan and several others, and still managed to come up with a completely unique style of his own.
"I'm So Lonesome I Don't Even Have Me No Friend, I've Done So Much Crying Will I Ever Laugh Again" - Peter Green
After using a chainsaw all day, having your hands out of whack is probably a positive outcome - I'd be fearful of my hands being in small pieces spread around the landscape.
And as always we see just how different the style, tone, musical approach is from the participants - and that's just on a pretty standard 12bar accompaniement. Shows why the blues genre has survived as long as it has.
"it was only when i discovered this forum and got involved that i discovered my individuality and that my playing was unique to me and it's given me a new confidence about playing because of it" as Lynrd77Skynrd said. That could have been me talking. Just 7 months ago when I first joined in on this forum I was struggling for any musical identity (other than "mediocre"). The knowledge gained here and the skilful promptings of the old hands have turned my musical life into a joy for me. I recall HalfBlindLefty making some really key and highly perceptive comments on my early blues room pieces. The happy coincidence of getting some decent gear for the first time and my cottoning on to the possibility of being able to play what I could hear in my head was the icing on the cake. I can't believe it's only 7 months since I was first here and less than 6 months since I posted my first work to the blues room, but that's what a search of the posts on the old forum tells me - that was the first "public" airing of my playing for over 30 years. It seems that the last 7 months have been a different lifetime for me - and a very happy one.
I still hope to take part in a collab one day though when I'll be as happy with my bit of playing as I sometimes am with my solo pieces. Now - there's another goal to achieve.