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Great read, thanks.
Interesting he recommends listening to horn players to adapt the breathing into a guitarist's phrasing. This is something I learned a long time ago (and I think I have mentioned it on here more than once) which was explained very well by B.B.King in an interview in Guitar Player (I think) back in the '70s.
Also I hope folks take note of his thoughts on "don't try to copy Django, be your self" which to me is still the main goal; to be able to play what I hear in my head, not what I heard on someone else's record.
Hope some of this wisdom spreads and is not wasted and lost on an obscure web page.
Spatzo, what a great interview... liked your thoughts about improvisation..
“Man, sometimes it takes you a long time to sound like yourself.”
Yes, Miles Davis, that is so right.
Interesting he recommends listening to horn players to adapt the breathing into a guitarist's phrasing.
My old teacher would always tell me the guitar is very similar to the saxophone and would have me listen to Coltrane and Hawkins for phrasing... Not at all a daunting task 😆
I read somewhere that Charlie Christian's phrasing could have something to do with that fact that he had played the trumpet.