This week we are working on the first half of the second solo chorus. The idea here is to bring the solo up a notch in intensity by gradually move into the second position. Not that moving up a position necessarily means emotional intensity. It is just one element that can add to building a solo. Melody, how you play with time in your note choices makes even more of an effect on emotional intensity. Of course jumping up an octave is a typical way to grab attention. For example, I've always loved the way BB King will hit the root note an octave above where he is playing and slide it down. It's a simple punctuation that commands attention. So that's one more way to make a statement in your solo for an example. It's good to try and tell a wordless story when soloing. Different tunes require different emphasis to put the idea of the song across. So you want to accentuate or at least compliment what the lyrics are saying. Have fun with this solo and try to incorporate some of these phrases into you're own playing.
Topics and/or subjects covered in this lesson:
Loop 5:40 Run-Through of Solo
Loop 1:09 Breakdown of Solo
Loop 17:27 Closing Thoughts