Are there two types of BACKERS?
Cheeky Elf’s thread below made me reflect on this.
OBSERVATION: There seems to be two types of backers.
One sort knows an appropriate accompaniment to tunes because they have learnt that tune (not the melody necessarily) but ‘the chords’. They also probably know the name of the tune and probably play it the same each time.
The other sort simply extemporises an appropriate accompaniment by listening to the tune , knowing and being aware of where the tune could go and a drenching in the genre and style. They also probably don’t know the name of the tune and hardly ever play anything the same twice.
I’ve seen loads of both types. They are all good.
(I would normally be playing tunes at the Ramble Inn SW17 with Foxy, Kate, Angela, Jeanette and JB tonight, Sunday about now! Oh well!)