i'm at work listening to miles and trane on workin' (pure coincidence - not point of the post) and walked out of the office and down the hall for a minute.  of course the music stayed in my head Ė i can hear red comping and traneís lines.  and iím sure if i could just master the instrument i could comp and play lines just like that.  but when i do get back to my keys itís the same olí stuff with nothing but a tiny bit of growth.

now, the question: has anyone experimented with a practice method of listening to something, then turning it off and playing Ė either the tune you are listening to or even something else you know Ė but with the point of developing a feel for the style of the people you are listening to?  and repeating.  it seems to me i have done this accidentally a couple of times with good result.  i donít know why i havenít tried it more purposefully.

btw, this is not transcription.

any takers?
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for what it's worth, this is what i have done my entire life.  to me it is the best way to internalize the music.  no rules or anything. once internalized, all you have to do is play it.  the great part is that what comes out is not necessarily exactly what you've heard, but instead your own thing - influenced, but not copied
i have done this with varying degrees of difficulty.  my experience with it is always "a tiny bit of growth."  take "god bless the child"
for instance.  man i had a time with that one.
i try to do this with, unfortunately, minimal success.  some of the time i'm just trying to copy what i hear in my head, swing style horn lines for example, that are not tied to a particular tune.  problem is i tend to hear all the good lines when i have no instrument and as soon as i get near one the ole brain goes back in the rut.  maybe some of the better stuff will pry it's way out someday.

~ chic corea (i think)
i agree that it's easy to fall back into the rut as soon as the fingers hit the kiys and you, good dr., are probably right.  the success i remember was with the red garland comping.  again, i think it's more about style than line.  i think i will try this more purposefully - listen for 5 minutes or so and then turn the music off and play something of mine -- see what changes.  if anything wonderful happens i'll post -- silence = normal stuff.
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