Ok, I see all these videos of you guys comping for yourself. How do you do it? I'm sure it's not a simple answer. I recently had a gig filling in for my jazz piano teacher on vibes. it was a trio setting and i could not for the life of me comp for myself. Every time I took a solo I would just have to go Strollin'. Should I just be focusing on the 3rd and 7th? The video I was watching was Tony burning through Cherokee, or when he played Giant Steps last night.
Also I have been having trouble making my practice time effective. What do you guys usually do in your practice sessions? How about when you were a beginner like me? I need to learn my Chords and extensions and be comfortable enough to use them without thinking too long but I just dont know how to go about it. I understand the Theory (at least I think I do), I just need it to be useable. It's difficult with only 4 mallets. It would be nice if I could hold 10 or just play vibes with my fingers.