Anglo-Irishman Posted June 15, 2012 Share Posted June 15, 2012 When I get round to recording Memories of You, I'll do a mixed in version with actual recordings to compare solo/ensemble. When I play along with recordings its as if I'm part of the band. Just a moment - the "mix" I was talking about was a mix of real, actual acoustic instruments! Guitars, fiddles, mandolins, concertinas, double basses, flutes, etc. without amplification, and all playing the same piece at the same time. When you play along with recordings you're definitely not part of the band, because although you can hear them, they can't hear you. And what ensemble playing is all about is listening to what all the others are doing, and sometimes following them, sometimes taking the lead - be it in tempo, volume or execution. For instance, when others are playing twiddly bits, you keep it simple - and when you play your twiddly bits, the others keep it simple. And besides, you can't see the others, and eye contact is very important in welding players together to a band. The ones who get out of synch are the ones that have been looking at their hands all the time! Playing along with recordings is fine when you're learning to play a new piece at performance tempo, but it doesn't train your ensemble playing! OMHO. Cheers, John Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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