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I noticed immediately (at AEBG III) that playing accompaniment is a lot tougher than it looks...and tougher than it is during home practice. I was struggling to simply get thru the tunes, even the basic stuff I thought I knew. I really enjoyed it...but imagine if I actually knew what I was doing! ;-)
I would love to be able to create a chord chart for this stuff. A fully written-out 2nd is great but it ends up being simply another entire piece I must memorize (or at least be able to read at speed). In my OT/BG world, I often work from chord charts to play three-finger backup. Yes, these are almost always very easy maj/min/7th chords...
I guess (as I have said before) I need some harmony training...
Hi Marc, don't know if this will help re- accompaniment playing, but I find a metronome helpful in practice I do play with others two to three times a week ( not banjo ) and playing accompaniment, I don't think, is as easy as playing the tune. Other things to help practice are , playing along with the Tab edit tunes, playing along with You Tube tunes,or if you do have a keyboard that will record and play back the tune so that you can play along with that. I have tried all of the things mentioned and all work , although I usually come back to the Metronome. Hope I havn't spoken out of line.
I cannot keep myself from listening to the other players. When one needs 110% of their brain to simply play the tune, having a bit scamper away to listen is not a good thing. Half of me wants to play along and the other half wants to sit in the middle, grin stupidly and tap my foot.
I do suffer from the wandering metrognome problem, Ian. I have never found one that is self-compensating!
Of course, you're absolutely right. I do listen when playing less technical backup...like BG or OT stuff...and I guess I am listening at some level (rhythm, etc.) when playing in ensemble. This classic stuff is so structured that I'm just not "there" yet. Heck, I have trouble with dynamics just messing around with this stuff at home. In ensemble, it all goes out the window!
I do find that when playing with other "live" players, I "play thru" mistakes much easier. At home, playing along with the computer (or whatever), I tend to stop and restart if the mistake is a big one. With live playing, I guess I am more cognizant of the need to keep the music going.
So glad to have these opportunities to play as a group. I wish I could do it on a weekly basis. Maybe I should move to Tex-Ar-Kansas...