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    As someone who lives in a rural desert ( actually a bit of an exaggeration ) here in SW France and unlikely at this point in advanced retirement to locate many amateurs keen to play jazz, I am wondering if chord-melody is the way to go rather than endless jamming to backing tracks. How many forum members play chord-melody exclusively I wonder?

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    Quote Originally Posted by blackcat
    As someone who lives in a rural desert ( actually a bit of an exaggeration ) here in SW France and unlikely at this point in advanced retirement to locate many amateurs keen to play jazz, I am wondering if chord-melody is the way to go rather than endless jamming to backing tracks. How many forum members play chord-melody exclusively I wonder?
    Exclusively, no, but I live under the adage of Joe Pass, who said that a guitar player should be able to sit down and play music, unaccompanied, for an hour.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blackcat
    As someone who lives in a rural desert ( actually a bit of an exaggeration ) here in SW France and unlikely at this point in advanced retirement to locate many amateurs keen to play jazz, I am wondering if chord-melody is the way to go rather than endless jamming to backing tracks. How many forum members play chord-melody exclusively I wonder?
    Actually Joe Pass was amazing not because he did chord-melody (others did it) but that he could blend that style with long bop lines. Listening to his recordings more and more I'm hearing in his solo guitar work some mind-numbing lines. He wasn't afraid to give several measures to single-note lines even in a solo performance.

    I think all the tasks of music reinforce each other. Jamming to backing tracks will give you a solid sense of melody, but for solo playing chord-melody type work is the foundation. You are basically a pianist at that point but with a more interesting sound! But being able to mix in some edgy line playing that meshes with your chord-melody will keep it from all sounding the same.

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    Je joue exclusivement en solo jazz guitar depuis la mort de mon batteur et le départ de mon contrebassiste aux Émirats

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    Quote Originally Posted by mr. beaumont
    Exclusively, no, but I live under the adage of Joe Pass, who said that a guitar player should be able to sit down and play music, unaccompanied, for an hour.
    Thanks Jeff - I had forgotten that quote. As good a starting point as any I guess!
    David

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    Quote Originally Posted by lawson-stone
    Actually Joe Pass was amazing not because he did chord-melody (others did it) but that he could blend that style with long bop lines. Listening to his recordings more and more I'm hearing in his solo guitar work some mind-numbing lines. He wasn't afraid to give several measures to single-note lines even in a solo performance.

    I think all the tasks of music reinforce each other. Jamming to backing tracks will give you a solid sense of melody, but for solo playing chord-melody type work is the foundation. You are basically a pianist at that point but with a more interesting sound! But being able to mix in some edgy line playing that meshes with your chord-melody will keep it from all sounding the same.
    Thanks Lawson for expanding on this, because my fear is/was that all the previous work I put into single line approaches would go to waste - clearly not.

    David

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    Quote Originally Posted by emilP
    Je joue exclusivement en solo jazz guitar depuis la mort de mon batteur et le départ de mon contrebassiste aux Émirats
    Cela vous donne clairement une grande satisfaction de jouer en solo et j'apprécie toutes vos vidéos. Je vous remercie.
    Musicalament,
    David

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    Quote Originally Posted by blackcat
    Thanks Lawson for expanding on this, because my fear is/was that all the previous work I put into single line approaches would go to waste - clearly not.

    David
    I don't think any musical work is ever wasted. Jamming with the backing tracks is at the very least teaching you how to move melodically around the fingerboard, how to play through the changes, and how to develop rhythm and melodic sense. All that is helpful in solo guitar playing.

    Solo guitar is a thing of its own as well. I used to do it all the time, then realized my ability to "take a solo" was very weak, so I've spent several years now focusing on the melodic improvisational side, and my chord-melody playing has suffered. So I think I need to work a bit on integrating them.

    Also: play what gives your heart satisfaction. That's why we do this.

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    Choose which you enjoy more. At times I have the inspiration to really sit down and concentrate on a chord-melody. But other times I just want to play melody and that is enough for me.