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ZeroFret



Joined: 15 Jan 2008
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 16, 2008 12:02 pm    Post subject: Hi...I am new from Canada Reply with quote

Hi folks;

I just discovered this froum and have decided to join. It looks like a good place for an old beginner like me.

I am 45 years old and have been playing guitar since I was a kid and have played mostly rock/blues and solo acoustic folk music for the last 30 years. I am also no stranger to gigging as I have also played in a cover rock band & acoustic duos for fun and a little money. I have a basic understanding of chord theory and I have just finished teaching myself basic standard music notation. I think I am ready to try and learn to play some jazz standards and maybe even learn to improvise better. I can get around no problem with the standard rock/blues penatatonic scales so I have at least built up the muscle memory for that.

I guess my goal as a beginner is to try and learn more about jazz and I really am interested in the older swinging stuff. I am not so big on the fusion or avant garde music. My two main Jazz guitar influences would have to be Wes and Django. I also like Charlie Christian, Kenny Burrell, Ed Bickert, Jim Hall, Barney Kessel and George Benson. Of course I never see myself being a terrific soloist like any of those guys but I would at least like to be able to play good swinging rhythm and comp chord changes. I would like to one day play in a Big Band which would be a huge first for me. I love to play rhythm. I think I need to listen to more Freddie Green with Count Basie Wink

For equipment I have a cheap Jay Turser "Monterey" (big electric hollow body jazz box), an Epiphone Dot-335, a Roland JC77 and a Peavey Classic 30 for amplification.

From what little I have seen of this forum it looks like a wonderful resource with a nice bunch of knowledgeable folks here too!

Thanks for reading this and hope to see you on the forum!

All the best!

ZF
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Jazzy



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PostPosted: Wed Jan 16, 2008 1:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome to the forum Smile
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jazzerchick



Joined: 31 Oct 2006
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 18, 2008 7:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome and I'm sure you'll enjoy this forum!

Playing with a big band is loads of fun. I hope you get to one day since
you like rhythm guitar. I think it's the best job in the band. Do you read?
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cadence



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Location: New Jersey

PostPosted: Sat Jan 19, 2008 7:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome aboard!

I agree that big band playing is fun. It's really nice to lay back and be part of the groove.
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