learning jazz/funk by boots | tildeverse BBJ

>0 boots @ 2019/08/27 09:28

Dear tildeverse, asking for a classically-trained violinist friend...

Do you have any tips for learning to play more freely? Noodling along
to funk tracks is something but the results are underwhelming without
direction.

>1 martijn @ 2019/09/17 08:30

Dear ~boots,

There is no other way but to noodle along. Don't restrict to funk though!
It's important to not let your training get in the way. Pick up the instrument and play it as if you held it for the first time. Then gradually reintroduce melody,
and only then reapply technique. Your instrument will teach you a thing or two about how to get sound out of it. Even if you do not intend to make far out experimental
improvisations it's important to not skip this step since it will add depth to your playing later on even when you end up using your newfound freedom in a more traditional sense.

Also tell your friend that he or she is missing the point somewhat when he/she thinks she needs more 'direction' to play more 'freely'.
I think that's your first priority to solve.

Wishing your friend all the best. Let me know how it goes!

~martijn >>OP