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Post Playing in a trio
on: June 2, 2015, 18:36

One of my ambitions is to play in a Charlie Byrd type trio--classical guitar/bass/drums. I have worked for a couple of years now on polyphonic improvisation, and that's coming along, but another skill I'd like to develop is single note improv interspersed with chord or chord fragment accompaniment. Earl Klugh, for instance, is brilliant at this in those rare occasions when he plays in that trio format. But after searching high and low I have come to the conclusion that there is zero instructional material out there dealing with the special requirements and skills needed for playing in a trio. So I'm wondering if anyone who has already been through the process of developing these skills has some practice pointers on systematically working on this. I have brought this up in another forum and all I get is recommendations of players who are good at it. I already know those player and have been listening to them for many years. Unfortunately I have not been able to acquire their skills by listening to them. I realize that transcribing them would be a way to learn what they are doing, but I'm 59 years old, still work a full time job, and do solo gigs on the side. I just don't have the time left for that type of intense study. I'm just looking for tips from guys who have already gone through this and come out on the other side.

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