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Posted by Rich Laird on April 06, 2001 at 11:47:20:
In Reply to: Re: walking lines--what approach? posted by Dan MacLeod on April 06, 2001 at 10:25:45:
: THe most important thing is your time and swing. It's like Louis Armstong and Sonny Rollins, the most important thing is the rhythm, the notes are only colorations of the rhythms you play. For now, dont over analyze your playing, just try not to be too busy or too dissonant, play within the context of what the other band members are playing.
Yeah, Mike - I think your ansking the right kinds of questions - but the answers lie in the styles of the different tunes you're playing and who you're playing them with - not what some blowhard like me says on a web page.
Walking lines can be chordal, scalar, chromatic, totally out there, or better yet - an intersting and stimulating mix of all those things and stuff I haven't thought of. It all depends on the context.
Just keep it swinging, like Dan says. What's swinging? Also depends on the context. Maybe some push...maybe some back beat. Do what feels right.
"Try not to be too busy" - Excellent advice!
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