Solo #3

In Solo #3, we’re starting off with a phrase that is related much more to G major than to the D chord, despite the fact that we’re playing over a D in the progression here. The tonic of the key and its related triad enjoy a special status unlike others, kind of like playing a trump card. If you’ve lost your place in a solo, that makes these notes a great place to come back and re-orient yourself.

In bar 2, we use a short portion of a longer switchback pattern that I really enjoy using. I didn’t have time to really mine this idea out in the lesson, however you will find tab to help you in the course book (have you downloaded it yet?) Let me know if you’d like to see more patterns like that one.

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Melvin Schofield - November 28, 2020 Reply

OK, at the start of this video you address my earlier comment about learning the solo versus learning TO solo by improvisation. I take the point! I think the acid test for me will be to try and use the principles from this lesson when soloing over some jam tracks.

    Jonathan Boettcher - November 28, 2020 Reply

    Did I say that? 😀

    One thing you might try at first is just trying to target one chord “on the fly”. So, have a look at your progression, figure out what you want to target, and work on that chord and for the rest, just play whatever you want. Or, find a really slow jam track (or something where the chords aren’t changing quickly) and work on more than one chord. Come to think of it, maybe I should make a jam track like that… 🤔

Melvin Schofield - November 30, 2020 Reply

That’s what I took from what you said! I’m trying to agree with you here!

    Jonathan Boettcher - November 30, 2020 Reply

    Oh yeah, I know! When I read what you wrote, I thought hmm, I must have been on the ball that day – that’s good! 😀

Melvin Schofield - December 1, 2020 Reply

The penny also dropped for me on thirds, fourths and fifths on your lengthy digression on these!

    Jonathan Boettcher - December 1, 2020 Reply


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