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February 11, 2009

Solo Mojo

My thoughts on learning to improvise:

A B A B A A A F...

AA AAB BAAF DAAA...

IF PLAT ME TUNE SOLO MEL MEL ODY...

ME PLAY SOLO LOUD FEEL NOT...

PAPA, CAN YOU HEAR ME...?

HELLO? IS THIS coming THROUGH?...

One must learn to use notes, phrases, accent, VOLUME and, above all, timing to create a mellifluous sound!

2 comments:

Furtheron said...

Just noodle. And keep noodling - but in the end some have it (Jeff Beck, Pat Metheny etc.) some don't... me :-)

Kenski said...

Teach made a good point last week, which was that lots of people practice soloing by noodling without a backing but it's getting in with the backing that's crucial to develop timing, appropriate note selection etc.

I tend to noodle over other people's recordings, so I'm constantly competing with the main attraction!