Originally Posted by Jim Williams
With practice you too can play Inner Mounting Flame! I learned a bunch of his chord inversions back then but have forgotten most of them by now.
Anyone up for a Mahavishnu re-union tour?
My first drummer was a prodigy who came from a musical family and he could play all of the Mahavishnu stuff.
He MADE me learn lot's of those pieces.
This was in '73, '74, '75 and I was barely able to hang on for the ride.
It did teach me a lot of theory and modal stuff, but it also caused me to make a big jump over some "standard" guitar stuff I should have learned.
I was always able to "amaze" other players and people with things like "The Dance of Maya" and that even passed for my audition for a college level classical guitar course. The teacher was intrigued by the piece and I guess he figured that if I could learn that I could handle other stuff.
Hmmmmmmm..... I passed the courses..... it was hard.
Still, modelers don't really work for me.
Guys like Pete Anderson and John McLaughlin who use them get an "OK" tone, but it isn't the "real deal."
Personally I don't mind playing through only monitors with a mic'd and processed sound.
I am an engineer and player, so I am used to it.
Truthfully, it is hard for me to pay live through an amp because it all gets SO LOUD!
I just never feel totally in control with a band live.
I guess I need the control?
If the bass player is too loud I can turn that sumbitch down when I am in the control room playing!