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blues solo ?

Discussion in 'Ask David Overthrow' started by kilum, Mar 31, 2008.

  1. kilum


    Feb 27, 2008
    In a 12 bar blues .. in the key of C
    C7 | C7 | C7 | C7
    F7 | F7 | C7 | C7
    G7 | F7 | C7 | G7

    even if its a major key ...
    Can I use C minor pentatonic scale ?

    I was playing with my teacher and he said ... bass solo...
    but i had no idea how to do a solo ...
    i tried to play notes in the scale, but he said .." in the jazz/blues , u have to create a main phrase and stick with this idea, u are playing notes over notes without a main phrase ..."

    How can I improvise my solo ?

  2. This is a LOADED question and on this topic I could write many pages. Here is the short answer: The most basic scale choices used when playing a blues are minor pentatonic (BLUES) and Mixolydian (Dominant 7th chord scale) scales. Other than running up and down the scales, when improvising over a 12 bar blues we think of playing musical phrases, whether it be 1 bar phrases (or licks), 2 bar phrases, or 4 bar phrases. The blues is most effectively played by playing three (4) bar phrases. The first two often are the same phrase and the third is a response to the first two (CALL & RESPONSE). You would be well served by listening to a lot of blues and listen to the solos of guitars, saxes, trumpets, bass, whatever. To be a good soloist, you should listen to solos on any instrument and not just bass solos.

    Have Fun!

  3. kilum


    Feb 27, 2008
    when i hear guitar...saxes... piano..solos ..all of them seem like melodic .. but when i hear a bass solo .. sounds not too melodic ...
  4. kilum


    Feb 27, 2008
    i didnt understand .. (call & response)
    can u gimme an example ? or a link ... with a video explaining ?
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