I hope you are all safe and using your time to practice! This week we are working on the solo and last verse for "I don't Want No Woman." And what a solo it is! It's a study in simplicity and also in the variety and beauty of improvisation. As I said on the end of our last lesson, Clarence Holiman prepares for his solo here by building up with a double stop for the last 2 bars of the second vocal verse building to an explosive start of his seemingly simple solo. Although the actual notes are few, the way he twists and turns the lines around and back again sets off his line of riffs like a bunch of fireworks! Taking the same 6 notes through most of the solo and repeating, reversing and mixing them in a twisted ball of pure blues power. As I said, the solo is improvised and though he may have had a basic concept for it, but his changing patterns back a forth seems to me more like a free flight than a planned attack. This solo, and his playing though out this entire recording is urban blues at its finest. Have fun working on this and let's hear your take on this timeless classic.
Topics and/or subjects covered in this lesson:
Loop 0:00 Breakdown of Solo
Loop 12:45 Solo Practice Loop
Loop 14:17 Closing Thoughts