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Watch the Think Like a Producer online guitar lesson by Paul Brown from Smooth Jazz Handbook

What I mean by that is to take into consideration everything that is going on with the music, with the other musicians, how everybody is approaching things. I produced a lot of great guitar players like George Benson, Larry Carlton, I've worked with Luther Vandross a lot. What these guys do is they fit into what's there. They don't just tkae over the track, they blend with the track. It's really important to find your way in the music and do your thing but everything needs to complement each other. That's another difference between jazz and smooth jazz. Where in jazz, when it comes to your section to play, all bets are off you can pretty much do what you want. In smooth jazz we are constrained by the other musicians and what's going on and the way the song is being set up. So it's important to take these things into consideration. Like the arrangement of the song, what the bass player is playing, where are your melodies going to fit.