Posted by tombrien on Thursday, March 8, 2007
Paul Bock Says:
Thursday, March 8, 2007 @7:58:39 PM
Tom, that's terrific! The more you are able to improvise the more comfortable you'll become with the instrument. This will help enable you to "jump in" at a jam and play a break on a song you've never really practiced before, and ultimately to work out your own arrangements as you learn new songs. Bluegrass is a lot like jazz in that regard so don't depend on being "paper-trained." :-)
Just remember, though, that you need to learn all of the basic rolls so that they become second-nature to you. Don't use "improvisation" as an excuse to not practice the harder patterns!
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