Always feel I’ve learned something when I watch one of your videos !!
In the 1970’s many of us were listening to a lot of Tony Rice, Django, Western Swing (suggested by Ranger Doug Green) and 2 or 3 note “suggestive movement” partial “Freddie Green” chords ((instead of full chords – suggested by Clarence White – a far more “open” sound”), in Southern California. We didn’t know the specific music theory, but we would incorporate off-the-beat bass runs (G runs – nah!) with a lot “pieces” of 6th, 9th and especially diminished chords. The lead breaks most of us were playing were fairly rudimentary, but with “outside” portions that went into the ozone. The traditional players hated it, but younger players would hang around jam sessions, take things they heard, apply theory to it and stretch it ever further – which is exactly what I’m hearing today – many off-the-wall tidbits thrown in for our own enjoyment enhanced and refined. Personally, I can’t hold a candle to today’s flatpickers. But it’s nice to hear how some of the things we created from the players that influenced us are still being applied by today’s players – and explained/refined in proper theoretical terms. We were totally winging it – you’re explaining it it real musical language, but without losing the joy/laughter/heart that went into it.
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