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Wednesday
Feb052014

#azjazzlessons #5: How to Play Jazz Blues Like Joe Pass

For jazz guitarists & jazz improvisors:

‪#‎azjazzlesson‬ ‪#‎todayIlearned‬

So I'm trying to learn something new everyday by documenting what I learned from watching a YouTube video. Today I looked for something from Joe Pass and watched this blues performance.

Introduction Ideas
1) You can play rubato jazz lines over the blues progression, spicing it up with passing chords in between.
2) Use open bass string when possible 
3) Vary ideas by including double stops
4) Set the time/groove later on after this introduction
5) Use chord cycles to give more motion at cadence areas

Soloing Ideas
6) Use sequences to build longer phrases in both single note lines and chord melody
7) Use double time lines in between shorter melodic phrases to build interest
8) Use legato phrasing to help play faster lines
9) Use sequence based lines to propel the line at dominant area resolving to the next part
10) Be open to use strumming rhythms to help build the solo
11) Use bluesy phrases at the end of section to bring it back
12) Use call and response (repeating the same phrase in different octaves) to double the mileage of lines you create

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ggdWBQzXfo

‪#‎joepass‬ ‪#‎jazzsolo‬ ‪#‎improvisation‬ ‪#‎jazzguitar‬ ‪#‎guitar‬

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Tuesday
Feb042014

#azjazzlessons #4: Learning To Develop Solos Like John Scofield

For jazz guitarists & jazz improvisors:

#azjazzlesson #todayIlearned

So I'm trying to learn something new everyday by documenting what I learned from watching a YouTube video. Today I looked for something from John Scofield and found this amazing concert video. 

Here's what I learned from watching his solo from 4:47 onwards.

1) Varying picking between the middle area to closer to the bridge is a great way to create different tones in phrases
2) Quoting the melody at the end of a solo is a very useful and clear way to cue the end of a solo
3) Changing the attack during a very scalar or sequence based line is a good way to create interest & subtle variation 
4) To surprise the listener, if the line feels like it's supposed to keep going up in direction, break the line and go to the opposite direction
5) Using the melodic contour of the melody is a good way to build phrases
6) Using certain parts of the melody as a road marker during the solo can be useful to keep the solo thematic 
7) To repeat a phrase that starts with a bend, you can also use a volume swell instead - this creates a repeat but is subtlely different

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G5g5ko-Z04c

#johnscofield #jazzsolo #improvisation #jazzguitar #guitar

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Monday
Feb032014

#azjazzlessons #3: How Julian Lage Practices Guitar

For jazz guitarists & jazz improvisors:

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So I'm trying to learn something new everyday by documenting what I learned from watching a YouTube video. Today I looked for something from Julian Lage and stumbled on this amazing 28-minute workshop video. 

Here are the main things I learned from the video:

On learning the guitar fretboard:
1. Take a note a day for 12 days so you know all the notes on the guitar

On Improvising:
2. Improvise in A Major but in random order, set a tempo, play in time and let your ear guide you (within 2 octaves)

On Technique: 
3. Julian thinks of the pinkie finger as the anchor, as finger 1 for the fretting hand of the guitar and how it relates to the whole arm, to the shoulder 

On Counterpoint:
4. To start playing with counterpoint on guitar, leave a note ringing while moving other fingers. This is a way to start.
5. The 2nd way is to consider just the bass & soprano parts. The important thing is to play in time. 
6. Play the bass part into the alto voice
7. Practice scales with two lines in the opposite directions
8. Sing each line of a contrapuntal part you play to really hear it

Thanks Julian for the knowledge & thank you to Liana Polanco for recording this.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=utvS0sIQKZQ

#improvisation #jazz #technique #guitar

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Sunday
Feb022014

#azjazzlessons #2: How Horace Silver Builds His Solo

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What I learned today:
From 18:35 onwards on Horace SIlver's solo:

1) Repeated phrases build up tension and intensity
2) Vary ideas with sequences between repeated phrases
3) Go back to similar ideas when at the same section
4) End clearly with a chordal stab to cue next soloist

#learningneverends #youtube #jazz #improvisation #concepts

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Sunday
Feb022014

#azjazzlessons #1: How Kurt Rosenwinkel Practices Scales

 

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1. Learn 7 scale shapes starting on each note of a major scale
2. Memorize each pattern as a visual shape
3. Improvise on each shape
4. Combine 2 shapes together to make a bigger shape
5. Combine all 7 shapes 
6. Create lines all over the fretboard

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hn2uEBvekcE

#jazz #guitar #improvisation

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