Watch the Trans Extended Perf./Breakdown online guitar lesson by John Stowell from Modern Chord Melody
Trans Extended Perf. Breakdown All of my observations about my extended performance in concert pitch apply here as well, namely developing motifs to connect free improvisations and give them compostional intention, using the written melody and chords from the arrangement as a resource in my solo, superimposing progressions in a free setting to develop linear ideas and create a sense of harmonic structure. The lower sonorities lead me to utilize the low strings occasionalyy as a bassist would.
An additional benefit to working with the lower tuning when playing with other musicians is a improvement in your transposing skills. If I'm playing with others using this tuning, I must transpose everything up a major third, and this exercise is invaluable in terms of seeing realationships in the harmony and understanding and mastering progressions. As you work through the process, it becomes easier to transpose more difficult tunes and chord sequences. Ultimately, the ability to see a progression in any key makes it possible to commit a set of chord changes to memory quickly and efficiently. We make our best music with our eyes off of the page, so one of your goals should be to memorize whatever changes you're playing over as qyuickly as possible. Playing with the lower tuning has definitely increased my skill level in this area.