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Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by jacopastorius, Jul 31, 2009.
I want to learn how to solo on a song....what books can you recommend??
I've always enjoyed The Origins of Consciousness and the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind, read that back to back with Snowcrash and you get a pretty interesting world view...
well first of all ear training is extremely essential.at the same time you need to listen actively to alot of solos of your favorite bass players.and well since your name is Jaco Pastorius,it shouldnt be a problem for you to look for inspiration.geta hold of one of the books in which jacos solos have been transcribed.read em,lear em and analyze em.
If you want to play jazz, get a teacher. There's no getting around it. No book is going to help you as much as a seasoned jazz player can.
Go look up the thread in "General Instruction" that specifically asks about soling. It's full of good solid answers and I don't feel like typing my response again.
Sorry, the other thread isn't in GI, it's right here in Technique...
Bottom line is you gotta have musical ideas before you worry about being able to execute them. Soloing is about telling a story, not wiggling your fingers and filling space.
One of Jaco's mantras: "If you can sing it, you can play it".
So, yes, as JTE wrote, you've got to have musical ideas first.
But what about book recommendations? I know Chris Fitzgerald likes Milan Kundera...
my favorite source for farmiliarizing yourself with jazz knowledge is Marc Sabatella's Jazz Improvisation Primer
It covers harmony, scales, history, and reccomended listening. Free online, cheap in print.
Take a look at Marc Johnson's book "Concepts for Bass Soloing". It's a good resource for moving from scales to solos:
FYI- this guy still refers to Marc's book for exercises & ideas:
(solo starts about 45 seconds in)
thanks for the replies...
John - Going to use that one, I'll give you credit for awhile, however, I know in a month or so I will think it was one of my original thoughts.
Jazzbooks.com has always been a friend.
Go ahead! I think I stole it and paraphrased it from Jerry Jemmott's interview with that Patorious guy.