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Soloing Over the Bridge

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Hi Folks,

This week we continue working on soloing on Skippy's Dream. We start on the bridge this week and I demonstrate a lot of different ideas for soloing over the bridge and also the last A section. I give advice on building a solo and bringing that solo to a logical conclusion.

Let's see some videos of you playing this one!

Enjoy, Duke

 

 

 

Topics and/or subjects covered in this lesson:
Swing
Duke Robillard
Swing
Skippy's Dream
Swing Guitar

Backing Track

Print Print Chords & Tab

Loop 0:36 Review of Chords

Loop 4:35 Bridge Solo Ideas and Breakdown

Loop 14:14 Bridge and Last A Section Solo Example

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Last A Section

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Loop 16:50 Ending

Loop 17:18 Closing Thoughts

 

 

 

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Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Apr 10, 2015

Hey Steve, Great playing man! It's really good to see you getting to tune and then improvising on it. Makes me proud young man! Duke

Steve Lauder
Steve Lauder Mar 08, 2015

Hi Duke

As promised here is a comprehensive video. Lots of improvising.  I snuck in some Kenny Burrell and others - particularily over the call and response bass section. A great song. I am proud to be part of this journey. 

I'm breaking in a new old box and liking it way better than the 175 I had a few years back. I sold my L5. I just wasn't comfortable with it - great guitar tho.

Cheers

Steve

Bruce Dumes
Bruce Dumes Mar 07, 2015

Hey Duke - This has been an amazing lesson for me. Your comment that I need to relax a little really struck me hard. You were absolutely right, of course! It's hard to change bad habits but I'm working on it, and I really feel it's made a difference in my playing. It's like my fingers were working against themselves, pressing down so hard on the fingerboard that I couldn't get any fluidity or tone.

I took advantage of Brad's solo breaks in the first two A sections after the guitar solo to trade 4s (Hmmm, 2s, actually) with him. The arrangement works fairly well, I think, and it was actually a lot easier for me to get back into the head at the bridge because of the break. :-)

 

So I think this take is not too bad. Still a few flubs; it's so hard to get it perfect when the camera is rolling, but they are not enormously egregious. I'd love to hear any remaining feedback you might still have on this one. Thanks!

 

And thanks for the guitars compliment! They all inspire and teach me in their own unique way, and I endeavor to be worthy of them. If you're ever in the neighborhood, drop by; I'd be delighted to show them to you. :-)

Regards,

Bruce

 

Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Apr 10, 2015

Hi Bruce, Great job and good improvisation.You also have done a good job of figuring out most of my solo chorus. I have a suggestion: Seeing you have several nice guitars, how about choosing one of the for the swing style tunes and trying heavier strings and raising the action a bit? I think you may find it a bit easier to feel the swing sort of playing with a bit more tension and a little higher action. I know if a guitar plays too easy for me it's hard for me to play that style. It's almost a completely different technique to me than blues or rock and roll playing.. It may be a good exiperiment. Cheers, Duke

Bruce Dumes
Bruce Dumes May 30, 2016

Hi Duke. So, after a year of study AND a new (to me) ES-175 with flat wound 12s on it, I'm feeling a whole lot better on Skippy's Dream! What do you think? Would really love to get your feedback on this. Thanks! Best, Bruce

Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Mar 06, 2015

You gut it Steve, good job! Duke

Steve Lauder
Steve Lauder Mar 06, 2015

Thanks Duke

Now on to soloing.

Steve

Steve Lauder
Steve Lauder Mar 01, 2015

Hi Duke

I've been working on the short A over the solo. I think i got it here on the first solo verse but i lost count on the 2nd verse.

With the assumption that my understanding of the chord timing is good, I'll now move on to the solos. This may take a while. But its where i want to be.  

Cheers

Steve

Peter Wolf
Peter Wolf Feb 28, 2015

Hi Mike, I'm looking for Duke's backing track.  Is it up here somewhere?

Thanks

P

Mike Caren
Mike Caren Mar 01, 2015

Hi Peter --- thanks for the reminder --- backing track is up.  Enjoy!

Peter Wolf
Peter Wolf Mar 05, 2015

I'm sorry Mike, I can't find it.  Where is it?

 

Mike Caren
Mike Caren Mar 06, 2015

Hi Peter --- in the upper right corner of the screen there is a play button right under the webcam recorder and above the add to practice list "+" --- we did it this way so you could scroll around the tab and still have the backing track play.

Peter Wolf
Peter Wolf Mar 06, 2015

Oooooo!  Nice!

Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Feb 28, 2015

Great Steve, Thanks, Duke

Steve Lauder
Steve Lauder Feb 28, 2015

Duke

I am counting the A sections until the short A section comes in right?

At least until i can feel it coming.

Steve

Steve Lauder
Steve Lauder Feb 28, 2015

Duke

Thanks for the chord clarification. I'll be going over this first chance i get. And hopefully a comprehensive video soon.

Cheers

Steve

 
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