Going over Duved's material on Soundslice and Dennis's rhythm course on his own website; this, and re-wiring recall for chords themselves in Michael's book.
Literally starting over. Not sure "which time" it is I'm starting over. I'm not pushing my body, as best as I can (it's like a spiritual fire gets relit - I don't want to stop), I am going slow, going for perfectly articulated notes in chords, watching changes, working on basic swing rhythm. (I'm incidentally also working on picking technique, something I religiously avoided more or less, "last time." "Learn rhythm first; years later, start picking up soloing - but only then." I'm no longer religious about anything, really). I'm pretty pleased my body seems to remember things even before my brain, to some extent.
All this affords me maybe a window to think more on conscious decisions.
Particularly with Dennis's early portions of his course and his view not to consider basic chords, barre, etc., as somehow outside the world of gypsy swing, I recall Duved's course on Soundslice, and his love and mastery of the early "Django Sound."
I am steeped in 6ths, 6/9ths, thumb chord voices, etc; in a way I benefitted in that I came to this playing with almost no experience (cowboy chords; a kid, 50 years ago, only), so the "GJ approach" is all I really know.
But it occurs to me, a conscious choice - both as a supporting player, and as a manner of training, rock-solid fundamentals - well, nothing wrong with G, Gm, G7, G dim., etc. Dennis's part I is replete with these, and I get it.
What do you guys think - an "old school" rhythm in the modern era? Do you guys enjoy a rhythm player playing in these, whatever it is you're doing? Or do you prefer the kind of mournful lament of the m6ths, etc.? How about Latin rhythms - m. v. m7, etc.?
ps: Heading out to camp with my son, if I don't reply. Have a great weekend, all.