Question for Laurie Niles
sorry Laurie, when I click your contact icon, it wants me to upgrade to windows 10, which I don't want to do.
I watched your video about your Yamaha 5 string, and you mentioned 'improvisation down the road' and I'm curious as to what kind of improv you might be thinking of
besides my busking tunes, improv is all I do. mostly with acoustic guitars playing folk, blues, swing, and occasionally with full tilt bar bands at the blues jams.
perhaps some v.com members might also be interested in your plans for improv.
I play jazz violin with a trio (guitar and percussion). We play all Brazilian tunes -- Celso Machado, Jobim, Bonfa, etc. I'm also putting together a Mahavishnu-type band where I will play violin and I've got all the other players I need, just need to put it all together. That's going to be outstanding. Probably I will need some effects pedals ...
Paul: you promised me a sample of your Mahavishnu style stuff, remember? did you start off with classical training? if so, how did you make the transition to improv?
Oh my, Inner Mounting Flame, Birds of Fire,...blast to the music of my teenage past. (Didn't realize until looking just now that Goodman later played with Steve Morse, whose rhythm section earlier in the 80s was doing McLaughlin covers in my guitar teacher's band.) Nice to see that the genre is still alive.
Dave, still working on the Mahavishnu stuff. I don't know if I'll be skilled enough to deal with the Cry Baby whilst playing the violin. I have one (for use in Herbie Hancock type -- think Head-Hunter, Watermelon Man, etc. -- where I play keyboard!), but I might need something passive like a Small Stone at first. Goodman is a total monster, I mean unbelievable -- how on earth does he get that incredible
...I'll bring the pedals, You bring the Canadian Rye Whisky ;-)
Mahavishnu & John McLaughlin, old Deep Purple, Herbie Hancock, Steve Morse... I sure did love all that stuff in years past, and sure I'd enjoy hearing any of it again! My own playing is still so crude, at "intermediate-beginner" level I'm sure. I despised my electric violin as inferior to real ones until the last few months when I realized it's quite rugged and impervious to environment and thus perfect to take to construction sites where I play it sitting in the passenger seat of my car using a very short bow. That's how I spend time waiting for the rest of the crew to show up at the job and then during lunch break. Still working on Handel and Corelli sonatas mostly. Regarding improvisation, I intend that to one day be my other pursuit, besides early music and baroque. Maybe in 5 or 10 years I'll be a musician...
and...you could get a very small battery operated amp with a head phone jack. I luv my acoustic/electric Barcus Berry violin. action is low and it plays very fast and easy. it sounds very thin unplugged, more so than any other BB I've tried, but I'm convinced that translates into a very clean signal when amplified, not a lot of boomy over tones bouncing around all over the place.
Okay Dave what's your favorite Canadian rye? My favorite American rye is called "Dad's Hat."
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