Don't be afraid of your 2 bar phrases. Treat them like building blocks to a better solo.
The key is to remember what you played in the previous 2 bars. That way you can do a call & response pattern... 2 bars of phrase A, 2 bars of phrase b, 2 bars of phrase A, 2 bars of phrase C. Just by doing that you now have an 8 bar phrase. The tricky part is still being able to keep the motif going while transition through whatever changes you have to deal with. For your next two bars, you can take phrase C as your initial call and then come up with a new response. Don't be afraid to repeat the two bars you just came up with either.
Once you get that down, you can start developing your 2 bar phrases to go to 4 bars, which could potentially lead to easier 8 and 16 bar phrases. Doing so will now weave a smaller number of ideas through a longer stretch - it doesn't sound like you're just blathering nonsense anymore.
Easier said than done of course. As one of my teachers puts it, a good solo usually only contains one or two ideas. It's what you do with those ideas.
====== Huy Nguyen =====
Playing the bass is either easy or impossible. -Michael Klinghoffer
Last edited by hdiddy : 01-14-2013 at 11:42 AM.