New record out in one month...preview the tunes at http://www.jacoballendeaton.com.
Love the vibe here...a lot of great sounding players.
This is a original called " Orange " its a Minor Blues. From 10/1/11 @ the 55bar in NYC.
Felix Pastorius - Electric Bass and Chris Carroll- Drums
I've been trying to record myself practicing lately, I think it makes me more aware of my mistakes/weaknesses . . . this is just blowing over donna lee the other day.
You play a lot of nice and complex lines, have an excellent bop vocabulary and chromatic fluidity.
When i record myself , due to some anxiety, I notice to lose a 30% of fluidity, and maybe it's natural...
so, that little rhytmic uncertainty that happens once in a while in your playing, I think it's just rigidity FOR the recording
(and obviously for the high speed of the tune and the difficult things you play on it).
I think you're a good player, and if you move on in this direction with your practice, you will gain in a short amount of time
that effortless thing that will push you forward from being a good player to a great one.
Thanks, Gia. Yeah, recording makes me nervous . . . one of the reasons to record myself like this is hopefully to get used to it more and have it affect me less. It's also easier to observe the overall shape of the solo and think about what I might do differently.
Thanks for the comments.
Hey man. What strings are you using in that video?
They're Thomastik George Benson flatwound 12s. I usually use roundwounds, but I thought I'd try flatwounds on that guitar.
This is " Butterfly " a Herbie Hancock tune.
Felix Pastorius - Electric Bass and Chris Carroll- Drums
11/14/11 @ 55 Bar NYC
gleepglop - you are very well on your way to become an accomplished player. Three things come to mind hearing you play: Why do the foot thing? That might take you out of synch and make you focus on your body movements rather than playing. Two is your sound - it´s a bit of a hard pick sound you have and that sounds a bit old school. Three: clean up your room :D - but very good playing, reminds me of Joe Pass
Thanks, yaclaus. Re: the foot, it's just something that happens sometimes. I don't do it on purpose, but forcing myself to remain motionless seems unnatural as well. If I'm standing up it is less of an issue. Something to think about, though.
Regarding the sound, I actually pick very lightly, but the computer mic is picking up a lot of the acoustic sound of the guitar which probably makes it sound more "old school" (aside from it being a solid-top archtop, naturally a more old school sound--I'll try recording something with a semi-hollow).
I do tend to pick a lot of notes, at least when playing bebop tunes, it just seems to fit that music to me. I've gone through phases where I played a lot more legato, but right now I'm in a "picking" phase, since I've been devoting a lot of attention to perfecting my picking technique. I still play more legato on ballads and when it seems appropriate, and at some point I'll probably find more of a balance.
I have since cleaned up that room--I'll prove it with the next video.
Boy, do I know what you´re talking about. I hate recording on my computer, since the picking sound gets extremely audible. Looking forward to your next video
here is me playing Pat Metheny's Sirabhorn off of Bright Size life with a trio in CT.
I'm honestly kinda disappointing in myself for playing so stiff the second a camera is around. I need to loosen up and develop solos better. However, the bass player and drummer are awesome.
'Round Midnight. Excuse the sweatpants, lol.
Here's two recent videos of me playing. One is with the great Dave Liebman and the other is with my Dad's group Lingua Franca at a recent gig we played in Paris. Both Clips have me soloing with distortion just by coincidence!
@quintricacy, sounds great! great playing.
Wow quintriacty grea playing and technique! It must have been great playing with Liebman no? I love Vic Juris work on his band.
BTW what distortion pedal do you use? Sounds good!
Yeah playing with Lieb for 3 days was an invaluable experience for me. I have a proco RAT, it's the newer model not the vintage. I've spent some time with it trying to find the right kind of sound and so far the setting I'm using now I'm pretty happy with.
I assume it was, again - great playing! Good to know that, I have a custom RAT arriving soon :)
Sounds great, Mr. Janoff!
There's been a lot of great stuff posted on this thread by some great musicians...I don't have a video myself, just a recent recording:
I respect the opinions on this forum, so negative/positive feedback on any aspect (playing/production) would be much appreciated.
Hey Silverwater, I liked it a lot. I liked your sound, and liked that you left space and your development of your ideas had a nice pace. The only criticism I'd have is that your time feel was a bit ambiguous and floaty. Personally, I'd like to hear a more definite pulse that locks into the time more. Not that playing more floaty or behind the beat can't be a cool effect, but it's best used for contrast IMO.
Overall, very nice though.
Hey Gleepglop -
Thanks a lot for listening and giving some feedback, I appreciate that. I hear what you're saying...funny thing is I usually play way too much on top of the beat, so I was actually making a conscious effort to play more relaxed. But I agree, some contrast would have been much better.
That's exactly the kind of feedback I need, thanks again!!!!
sounds great Carl!! nice feel and tone.
Nice legato feel...the tune has a Fellowship Band kind of vibe.
Can't offer any constructive criticism, sounds great!
Real Nice Silverwater!!!!!!!
Great playing Carl, really enjoyed it!
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