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I guess this belongs here as it relates mostly to rhythm.
I'm almost certain I've seen this covered, but I did do some digging to see and wasn't coming up with much specific to learning rhythm; sorry for any redundancy.
So, "previously" I knew some very little theory, not a ton but enough to understand some "why" of progressions, and minimal understanding of subs.
Last time I was in this, I basically made the conclusion I'm too old and a bit busted up to play lead, so decided to focus entirely on rhythm. That, and I love rhythm, as I've said elsewhere.
So I find myself at a question I probably asked then but my memory is faulty so there may be a redundancy here, too. My focus has been working over Denis's rhythm material on his site, as well as the Nous'che courses on his site. Michael's book is my Bible. Working about a song per week but my focus is on emulation - Nous'che - simple pompe, tone, etc. (holding off on Latin rhythms to I am pleased with the pompe). What my old master (Fumio Toyoda) would have called "stealing the mind" phase of training.
-simple grilles, skeletal chord changes of the tune
-basic chords; I'm depending on Michael's book for all my shapes, progressions, enclosures, turn-arounds, etc. Right now, basics are good.
Missing from the above is any theory. I marvel at you guys who play lead at the language you speak. Looking through searches on the site, I've seen many approaches to learning and playing, but even among those who seem the "leanest" in terms of either transcribing directly, or learning arps, licks as cut and paste, etc. (I know I'm mischaracterizing this approach - sorry, bear with me), they seem to have some kind of theoretical library they can speak.
FINALLY, some questions: I'll never play lead at any level, but having learned to not care, ironically, I'd like to play some lead; rhythm still fascinates me to no end.
-What are your thoughts on theory and accompaniment in this music?
-Thoughts on going about learning theory - just go through the Levine?
-Ear training. WEAK. I would like as much as possible to learn by transcribing chords (as many suggest, and I understand why), but I feel totally blind here and am afraid charts are usually my go-to. Any suggestions to ear-training in general, and approaching this for chords and accompaniment?
Edit: Btw, I bought the Dunayevsky course on Soundslice last night. I know it's way beyond, but the 1930's aspect really got to me. Tucked away, we'll see how much I can pick up down the road. Thanks for the suggestions in the search, all.