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Played my first improv jazz solo over a tough song!

Discussion in 'Bass Humor & Gig Stories [BG]' started by Ubersheist, Feb 1, 2014.

  1. Every Friday night, there's a jazz jam at a local bar. I'm eager to learn, and I show up every week. As such, I've been the defacto house bass player. Last night, the jam was poppin'. Two guitarists, percussionist, trombone/flute player, drummer, keyboardist, trumpet/coronet player. Killer players, and the crowd was digging us.

    We played Girl From Ipanema, which has a bunch of very different key changes. It's certainly not the most technical song, but loads more technical then any blues song. They tossed me a solo, and I nailed it. One of the old duffers there said something like "sounds like someone's been practicing!" Felt good! Woohoo! [pats self on back]

    This was a personal hurdle. A solo over that song's changes was a big step for me, and I've always not taken one when given one on songs like those. Even at 40, I'm still jazzed (no pun intended) at pushing myself as a musician. Felt very good.
  2. BassCliff


    May 17, 2012
    So. Cal.

    Practice makes perfect. Nice work. :smug:

    Ventura is quite a drive for me but what's the club? I like jam nights once in a while.

    Thank you for your indulgence,

  3. Slade N

    Slade N sunn #91 AZ Bands #?

    May 28, 2005
    awesome...keep it up

    i thought a duffer was someone who
    cant play but pretended to
  4. HockeyDawg


    Oct 12, 2012
    Awesome! That's one thing that always gave me a fright when I heard someone call for a bass solo and everybody looked at me. Solos were never my thing.
  5. StyleOverShow

    StyleOverShow Still Playing After All These Years Gold Supporting Member Supporting Member

    May 3, 2008
    Hillsdale, Portland
    It gets interesting when the band drops out during the solo. Congrats on the accomplishment , many more to come p
  6. sobie18


    May 5, 2002
    Shaw AFB, SC
    Good job!
  7. elgecko


    Apr 30, 2007
    Anasleim, CA
  8. Beachcombers. It's in the Silverstrand neighborhood near the southwest side of Oxnard.
  9. That is awesome! Just more motivation for you to keep practicing!
  10. Wally Malone

    Wally Malone

    Mar 9, 2001
    Boulder Creek, CA
    AFM International Representative Endorsing Artist: Accugroove Cabinets & MJC Ironworks Strings