Re: [linux-audio-user] playing chords to help practise improvisation

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Subject: Re: [linux-audio-user] playing chords to help practise improvisation
From: Larry Troxler (
Date: Sun Dec 08 2002 - 20:56:42 EET

<some snippage>

On Sun, 8 Dec 2002, Guy Daniel CLOTILDE wrote:

> Hi
> On Sat, 7 Dec 2002 21:28:25 -0500 (EST)
> Larry Troxler <> wrote / a écrit:
> > I honestly think that if you want to learn jazz, you need
> > to get with a group of like-minded people and go through some exercises
> > that are found in jazz improvisation books. The things that you want your
> (etc)
> Really sorry, but I _strongly_ disagree with you. I play jazz in bands,
> but don't call myself a jazzman anyway. Lots of my friends are. But,
> everybody who has touched bbox has greatly improved his style and we all
> agree it's a great tool.
> Please, don't take it bad, but I'd like to know, but _are you a jazzman_ ,
> actually playing in bands, giving live gigs or is it just an opinion of
> your own?

I used to play out a lot but that was years ago. So you are right that
this is just an opinion of my own, and an apparently wrong one!

I don't know what set me off to go on that rant last night, but it was
a bit misdirected I admit.

> Bbox gives you a drummer, a bassist always there, knowing the chords change.
> Bbox let you train yourself on hards songs, by slowing down the tempo,
> the whole RealBooks are avalaible, you can train yourself with pop, rock
> salsa too. But you should know it, because you seems to have use bbox.
> I, for one, really miss bbox since I'm on Linux years from now.
> There is one program around there which goal is the same, but I never
> succeed to make it works.

Apparently bbox had come a long way since the last time I tried it. Again,
I apologize for apparently talking from the wrong end of my body.

> Once again, sorry if I seemed rude, but it put me on the wall.

Hey, I deserved it!

And thanks, I learned something. I had no idea that band in the box is
actually a usefull tool. But then again, I shouldn't be surprised, because
when I was learning jazz, the music minus one records were the equivalent
I suppose, and we *did* use those.


> Guy CLO~
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Larry Troxler

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