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(@midway-man)
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I was just wondering if there were other people who who got as much gradifecation improvising to other peoples albums, and what is your favorite. Same old song and dance... is mine!

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Usually if I'm playing along with an album I'm trying to figure out note-for-note what's being done, either for performance or to show a student at a lesson. But for tunes to just take off on, I really like stuff with unexpected melodies, like Jobim's "Desifinado"

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Always liked dust of time by hawkwind. i turn the left speaker down to eliminate the original lead from the original tune. I havent played for a year so its been a while.


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(@pvtele)
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St James Infirmary - lifelong favourite!

(I found a great MIDI backing track for this somewhere on the Internet - can't remember where now - but I use it to finish my practice time most days ...)


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St James Infirmary - lifelong favourite!

(I found a great MIDI backing track for this somewhere on the Internet - can't remember where now - but I use it to finish my practice time most days ...)

I know, but a lot of thoughs things meny people take for granted these days are out of my rech right now. I''m in the stone age, but cummin up!

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Neil Young's "Down by the River." It's one of my band's most requested numbers, and we rarely manage to get through it in less than 10 minutes and usually average about 15. Great second set jam tune.

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I've got a few CD's that are just backing tracks, so I can jam along with something content-free. If I'm trying to work a solo to one of my own songs, then I just play a tape minus the vocal line and see what somes out.

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St. James Infirmary's a favorite of mine, recently discovered. I love to mess around on "Summertime." Right now I've been sitting here doing that with "Ain't No Sunshine When She's Gone."

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My favorite song to improv with is Django's "Minor Swing." It's got a catchy little head, and the 16-bar blues structure means you don't have to think to hard about the harmony aspects of things, so it's very easy to focus on the melody and run with it.

I don't improv with albums. When playing with a record, I'm focused on doing a note-for-note recreation of what's going on.

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St. James Infirmary's a favorite of mine, recently discovered. I love to mess around on "Summertime." Right now I've been sitting here doing that with "Ain't No Sunshine When She's Gone."

"Summertime" - whoa - that has almost too many memories! Used to be our big final number in one of my old bands, and I don't want to discuss the relationship that developed between the lead singer (female, right?) & myself. But that was all a very long time ago ...

"Ain't No Sunshine When She's Gone" - now there's a tune. I must try that one out without delay ... Do you know, I can't remember ever having played it


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Black Magic Woman - Santana... Love to play to that, and White Room -Cream

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Neil Young's "Down by the River." It's one of my band's most requested numbers, and we rarely manage to get through it in less than 10 minutes and usually average about 15. Great second set jam tune.

I wore some grooves in that LP back in the day. I learned how to jam on that song :D :D --the dog

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In Memory of Elizabeth Reed by-- you guessed it...

Awesome tune though, could go on for hours just jammin on that...

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Freedom Jazz Dance!

Nah, just kidding. I can barely play the head without having my fingers look like they'd been playing Twister.


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I've got a few CD's that are just backing tracks, so I can jam along with something content-free.

Do you know where I can pick up CD's like that? Karaoke shops or something like that?

And I like to improvise over "Put Your Lights On"- Santana w/Everlast

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