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  1. I agree fully with HKV's posts but would further say that ALL REALLY GOOD JAZZ IMPROVISORS are GREAT at improvising over major and minor blues changes, and that usually happens first. Then learn to "blow on" the ii V blues descending changes as in a Bird Type blues. Have Fun! Make sure you are fluid in playing in Bb, F, C, G, D, A, E,and B minimally. Next, learn to jam over the chord changes to I Got Rhythm... Once you can do that, a lot of standards are much more accessable. Have a ball!
  2. Also not new to music but new to any fretless stringed instrument...started violin at 48. (several years later, am I ever glad I did)
  3. I would like to hear about it too! Have fun!
  4. You beat me to it Deb. I couldn't have said it better!
  5. Anyone interested in discussing an approach to swing fiddling here? For example a sequence of tunes to work on because there are certain chord sequences that apply to so many tunes etc. If their are beginners here, I recommend that you comfortable with improvising on the blues in various keys. While G tends to be the jam key at acoustic jams, when you are playing swingstyle, there is a level of sophistication that goes with the music, so be prepared to play in many keys...Bb, F, C, G, D,A, E, and B in particular. Horn players love Bb and F. Then learn minor blues. A "must" is learning to play over the chords of the tune "I Got Rhythm"..while Bb is a given with piano,bass, horns types of bands, it is played in G a lot with string bands. Learn about ii/V progressions and applying them to the blues. Once you get there, it turns out there are about ten songs that embody the chord changes widely used in other tunes, ie, Honeysuckle Rose etc. I can do this stuff on guitar but am working on it on the fiddle and having loads of fun trying. Have fun beginners! (and for those that aren't beginners, I am all ears for any and all info...thanks!) I guess it should be mentioned that their are some western swing standards Faded Love, Corrina, Corrina that may be included depending on your band. Some Fav's of mine to swing fiddle on are Minor Swing, Oh, Lady Be Good, Dark Eyes, Rhythm Changes, Sweet Georgia Brown, Blues and similar tunes.
  6. You might check the Roland V-Drum site (that is for players of modern electronic drum equipment, however, their are some very knowledgable percussionists that also play on V-Drums). Also search for info on the Percussive Arts Society. Good Luck!
  7. I always think of fiddling as improvised music. The rift between fiddlers and violinists is much the same as between classically trained musicians and jazz musicians. While not true 100% of the time, usually the jazz musicians are the better improvisors while the classically trained musicians have all the technique (and rarely the twixt shall meet).
  8. Picked up the Oscar Aleman CD! Wow! Thanks again for the tip. Dittos on Grant Green. Always dug the great George Van Eps.
  9. Tanigumi, I have several recordings on tape that involve Eddie South with Django, Grappelli, or both. I will try and find the discography info for you. A favorite of mine is Django playing rhythm guitar for Eddie on a very inspired blues.
  10. Some more thoughts..developing a good hand position is important so many would recommend that you initially have a teacher. I didn't and had to "unlearn"...the fiddle is difficult as it is without having to unlearn. Finding the proper placement of the first and third fingers on open strings is a good place to start. Use the adjacent strings to check for intonation. Practice 1st position major and minor scales both using the little finger and without it. For the type of music I wanted to play, I have not concerned myself with learning to play in all the keys. I found that playing in Bb, F, C, G, D, A, E, and B covers the folks I play with. G is the default jam key a lot of times.
  11. Love Supreme...I have Coltrane on that. Is there a guitar album of that name? Who plays on it please? Thanks in advance!
  12. I play jazz guitar and started swing fiddling at age 48. One of the first things pointed out to me by a violinist was to keep the fingers below the finger doing the noting pressed down on the strings in their respective positions to help with intonation. (now anyone here can explain this better but may not have considered this aspect because of not coming from the guitar to the violin). In other words, if you are playing a G maj scale starting on the open G, you ascend by placing one finger at a time (open string, A,B,C,D) get in the habit of using the pinky right away. The point is that if you are descending on that string, place all the fingers down on their respective positions and lift one at a time. It is very common for guitarists to just press where they need the note. Hope this helps! Good luck! Have Fun! If any violinists have another view on this, I'm all ears!
  13. Thanks for the tip! Aleman is on the shopping list.
  14. riverdog


    HKV I should have posted this earlier.. The Paul Desmond Quartet (2-LP) set with Ed Bickert is exquisitely tasteful! (hope it is avail on CD?)
  15. If "expert" means I now live more than 20 miles from where I was born, I'll give it a go. There are soooo many styles and so many great players.... Everything I ever heard with Django on it. Wes Montgomery "Smokin' at the Half Note" has very spirited joyful playing. Joe Pass at the Montreaux Jazz Festival 1975.
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