learning backup on guitar
I was wondering if anyone wants to discuss how they go about backing up celtic music on guitar.
I like John Doyles style, and have started working in drop D after learning the material on his instructional video. Its coming along ok, but i wish i could vary my progressions more. I can play fine on tunes that are I-IV-V or I-VIIb progressions, but if the tune is more complicated i just get lost.
I see there being two methods of learning celtic backup. One is John Doyle’s approach, where he seems to go completely by instinct and ear, not worry about the theory behind what he plays.
The other way is that which is described in Chris Smith’s book, Celtic Backup. He basically says memorize all the modes that occur in the common celtic ksys, and the scale and chord degrees associated with those modes.
Thats alot of memorization, and personally i would rather just play and work out things by ear, especially since this an aural tradition. But up until now working by ear i just end up playing the same basic progressions. I want to learn to vary my chord choices to make things more interesting.
If anyone has any thoughts, chime in.