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Suggestions for developing a solo concept

Discussion in 'Jazz Technique [DB]' started by Richard Whitema, Dec 28, 2013.

  1. Richard Whitema

    Richard Whitema

    Jul 30, 2004
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    Learn melodies to all songs and play them.
    Listen to all great players of melodies and emulate their feeling and timing. The swing era is full of them: Artie Shaw, Benny Goodman, Pres, Armstrong.
    Practice playing the melodies as if you were the lead alto in a sax section. Make it swing and have rhythmic vitality.
    Get someone to provide a Freddie Green-like accompaniment.

    Most bassists can't flash out like a sax player so don't. Start with the melody and move on from there.
    Try to make your soloing a sound like a clean presentation of a "head".

    AND/OR work on 5-note groupings, diminished patterns, extended techniques and pentatonics.
  2. Robert Sabin

    Robert Sabin

    Apr 27, 2001
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  3. tcl


    Apr 28, 2011
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    Sounds like good advice to me. Only quibble is the Freddie Green acompaniment. I'd amend that to learn to solo against your mind's ear. Personally, I like a bass to sound like a bass for a solo. I do think that a bassist can come pretty close to an alto saxophonist's solo, but why? It's a bass! Play it like a bass and make it sound good, not like another instrument. I opt for melody over eighth notes unless that's what I hear in the moment.
  4. Wally Malone

    Wally Malone

    Mar 9, 2001
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    AFM International Representative
  5. neal davis

    neal davis

    Dec 29, 2006
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    It also helps to be a great piano player with such a strong jazz vocabulary like Richard.

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