Copycat Solo #5

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Melvin Schofield - December 12, 2020 Reply

Phew – got there! I still find that trying to keep up with the jam track keeps me from really being conscious of how the notes follow the chords. It’s hard to think of more than one thing at a time – for me anyway! I’ll carry on practicing the solos until I get them smooth enough to think more about the chords. I’ ll also go back over the lessons as you suggested, to consolidate my grasp of notes and chords!

The passing notes felt OK, and they do add colour (UK spelling!) and help to break out of just playing up and down the scales. And the double stop sequences give a nice Tex-Mex feel.

Thanks JB.

Melvin Schofield - January 5, 2021 Reply

After lots of practice, I’m now making a reasonable job of the solos, and have definitely improved my timing in keeping up with the jam track. So in terms of moving towards being able to improvise a solo, your advice would now be to develop a written solo, first around a single chord, and then around a sequence of chords? Presumably the idea would be to drive home the association between the notes and chords, eventually to the point where the associations become internalised, and I don’t have to think so hard about it?!

    Jonathan Boettcher - January 5, 2021 Reply

    Congratulations! That’s awesome progress Melvin!

    I think you will find the process of writing a solo for a progression (or a riff for a chord) to be hugely beneficial. I know speaking for myself when I’ve done that same process, I always learn something.

    As you become more experienced, you’ll learn riffs that work over types of chords, for instance major or minor, etc. With practice, you’ll become more aware of the progression as it plays, and eventually you’ll find you’re able to improvise this kind of stuff on the fly.

    It all starts with the baby steps though! Keep going – you’re on the right track!

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