Keys players and freaking out
Sunday, May 27, 2007
Everything I said in that last post might be well and good if you have a band that can improvise and work with chord charts. I'm blessed that the guys I play with are skilled in this way. But what if your piano, trumpet, flute, strings player has no idea how to work a chord chart out? What then?
We had the same problem with these instruments in our context. Most woodwind or strings players have been trained to play within an orchestra setting, and most Piano players have been trained through AMEB. Both of these factors go into having musos who love being told what to do and who struggle with improv. This doesn't mean they are not skilled, they are probably very skilled, but they haven't yet learnt the art of making stuff up.
My hope is to post up here this week some ideas for developing this skill. I'll get some thoughts from some guys who have gone from scores to chord charts and see what they found helpful.
Watch this space.
Posted byDan at 7:59 AM