#1
hey guys, Im taking lessons with this guy. He is a great teacher, but lately he has be teaching me a lot of jazz type stuff and songs. Im more of a hendrix type blues guy, but also like the jazz. So my question is if Im doing this jazz stuff,(and still my own stuff too) it wont hurt me in playing other stuff like blues and stuff will it because the jazz seems like it should help me in the other areas with all those crazy chords, and theory. Like I said Im still practicng the stuff I want to too. Thanks in advance.
#2
dude learn as many styles as possible, only a bad musician is closeminded

if i had the time/oppurtunity, i'd learn every single genre known to man, even the dreaded rap

just because, it helps, with other genres, and anything musical

it also brings you to appreciate other types of music
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jazz is actually similar to blues IMO except more complex...id say taht learning jazz would help you build on your blues skills
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DUDE.
any sort of music will help yo udevelop,
give you new ideas and methods of playing and change how you look at musical playing,
many thrash metallers enjoy a lovely clean piece of work thats bluesy aswell.
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#7
Just learn the jazz. If you're still learning, EVERYTHING is good practice. I personally can't stand blues. I recognize and respect the talent and soul behind it, it's not for me. I play from Guns and Roses to Metallica to Killswitch Engage. That blues stuff really helped me with feeling the music itself rather than just playing it. If you trust your teacher enough to still take lessons, then he can't lead you wrong.
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9 times out of ten jazz will sneak up on you in the middle of a blues riff and beat you up. Beware!
#9
Hendrix was quite into jazz. He wasn't a jazz player, but there was an influence.
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Only if you let it keep you away from what you like to play, like don't stop playing because you can't do a jazz thing, but realize that it might become what you like to play, and you just don't know it yet. Hendrix influences included R&B. Miles Davis was known for Jazz, but he loved "Machine Gun"!
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jazz is actually similar to blues IMO except more complex...id say taht learning jazz would help you build on your blues skills


That is very true.

It is not going to hurt you. You will gain a deeper understanding of music in general, and learn a ton of theory to boot.
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#12
Ive been going through Jazz stuff for the past year...


Improved my playing by alot!
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#13
I don't understand how expanding your musical boundaries could possibly hurt your playing in any way


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9 times out of ten jazz will sneak up on you in the middle of a blues riff and beat you up. Beware!



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#17
Jazz will make you an immensely better musician than just playing hendrix style blues/rock. Learning music theory will make your guitar playing so much more interesting, and you'll soon find yourself writing songs and shredding like a demon.
#18
Jazz will help your technique, teach you theory, and teach you how to improvise over incredibly complex chord progressions. You will grow as a musician so much.

That said, I see your point. You're going to start hearing things over 7th chords that aren't bluesy as much as they are jazzy. For jazz, this is fine, but not so much for blues and rock. My suggestion is to learn classic jazz, but also fusion, stuff like Steely Dan. That way, you can see how to mix jazz and blues and rock into a neat sound.

Just don't forget how to rock.
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Jazz will help your technique, teach you theory, and teach you how to improvise over incredibly complex chord progressions. You will grow as a musician so much.

That said, I see your point. You're going to start hearing things over 7th chords that aren't bluesy as much as they are jazzy. For jazz, this is fine, but not so much for blues and rock. My suggestion is to learn classic jazz, but also fusion, stuff like Steely Dan. That way, you can see how to mix jazz and blues and rock into a neat sound.

Just don't forget how to rock.


Yep, for a prime example of a very jazzy blues player, threadstarter, check out Scott Henderson.

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#20
jazz will teach u everything u need to know and it can be applied wherever. If u can play jazz u can solo like a madman, and be really intelligent with your note choice. Its the way forward, or for me it has been.
#21
you sound like you're afraid it will change the way you sound and play right now. youre playing style never stops evolving, and learning jazz is never a bad idea
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No matter what type of music you play, it will help your other genre in some way. I did metal stuff for two years, acoustic for a year, now I do alternative/hard rock/acoustic. But my acoustic playing really helped my rythym and with playing chords. My metal helped with my shred/speed. So now I can do rhythm and lead........
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you sound like you're afraid it will change the way you sound and play right now. youre playing style never stops evolving, and learning jazz is never a bad idea



I actually tried to learn jazz then after a little bit I was like, eh **** this. haha
Jazz is extremely difficult. But if he's playing blues, there is alot of improvisation correct? And jazz makes you like rediculous at improvising with all the little things you learn and stuff so it would help him in blues. Also I think jazz and blues are similar kinda.
But I dn I dont know much in these genre's
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#24
dude learn as many styles as possible, only a bad musician is closeminded


Focus on what helps you and what interests you. Master the style of music you want to play, and reach out into other genres that will help you do that. You don't see BB King practicing neo-classical shred. Why? He doesn't need to, it wouldn't help him accomplish what he wants to do.

Being open minded is about judging concepts based on their merit. If learning a particular style serves no purpose for you, it's not being closed minded to reject it and focus on something you'll use. That said, jazz and blues compliment each other enormously. Learning jazz should only help you.
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Focus on what helps you and what interests you. Master the style of music you want to play, and reach out into other genres that will help you do that. You don't see BB King practicing neo-classical shred. Why? He doesn't need to, it wouldn't help him accomplish what he wants to do.

Being open minded is about judging concepts based on their merit. If learning a particular style serves no purpose for you, it's not being closed minded to reject it and focus on something you'll use. That said, jazz and blues compliment each other enormously. Learning jazz should only help you.



But it still wouldn't hurt him to learn Jazz, he said he wants to play Blues, but it's not going to hurt it. If anything it would probably help.
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hey guys, Im taking lessons with this guy. He is a great teacher, but lately he has be teaching me a lot of jazz type stuff and songs. Im more of a hendrix type blues guy, but also like the jazz. So my question is if Im doing this jazz stuff,(and still my own stuff too) it wont hurt me in playing other stuff like blues and stuff will it because the jazz seems like it should help me in the other areas with all those crazy chords, and theory. Like I said Im still practicng the stuff I want to too. Thanks in advance.



Yeah I agree with the others. As long as you are still playing what you want, dive into other stuff.
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I actually tried to learn jazz then after a little bit I was like, eh **** this. haha
Jazz is extremely difficult. But if he's playing blues, there is alot of improvisation correct? And jazz makes you like rediculous at improvising with all the little things you learn and stuff so it would help him in blues. Also I think jazz and blues are similar kinda.
But I dn I dont know much in these genre's


Difficult? Ok, let me explain the simplest way to play jazz. ii-V-I chord progression, dorian over ii, mixolydian over V, and of course ionian over i. The rest, you're on your own.
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But it still wouldn't hurt him to learn Jazz, he said he wants to play Blues, but it's not going to hurt it. If anything it would probably help.


I take it you missed the sentence where I specifically said that learning jazz would help him play blues.
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