I was recently fortunate enough to catch up with Pete Gilli and Dan Moriarty from local band Troop of Echoes (http://www.myspace.com/atroopofechoes). We were discussing the difficulties in transitioning and/or blending genres as a musician.
Their point of view was interesting in that most Berklee students I know are immersing themselves in the world of jazz improvisation, making the move from a rock and pop background. Troop of Echoes, however, is a band of musicians whose skills are based in jazz. They’ve moved to a rock/fusion genre, demanding that the members alter their playing styles accordingly. Here they discuss the move to their heavier style, and the techniques applied: