This week, we are working on the first solo chorus for Glide On. I start out by playing Bill Jennings first four bars. It is so perfect a start that I never think of playing anything different because it just sets the vibe up so good! You can't help but come up with something cool to follow those first four bars. We then learn more Jennings inspired ideas ending with more typical blues riffs in Bill's style. This isn't rocket science but it grooves like mad and suggests a rhythmically cool and harmonically hip cat.
This is great stuff and we are going to have lots of fun with it.
Topics and/or subjects covered in this lesson:
Loop 0:00 Glide On - Solo First Chorus
Loop 0:32 Breakdown of Solo
Loop 11:44 Improvised Solo
Loop 14:00 Closing Thoughts
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Thanks Bruce, we're all learning here!
Hey Steve, That's great! You got the feel phrasing and sound. The archtop sounds great too!
Thanks Duke. Keep those great tunes coming. I really appreciate them.
Speaking of archtops, i would like to try the Epi es 175 premium but they are hard to come by were i live. Have you tried it?
I have liked and enjoyed every archtop I have owned by Epiphone. havent tried the one you are speaking of though. duke
I would love to hear about the Epi 175 too. I've had a hankering for a 175 after all these Charlie Christian tunes, but the prices for Gibson 175s (and 335s, which is a guitar that I have always lusted for, and has always eluded me) are insane.
I hear ya Bruce. I bought my 335 back in 1973 for $800 including the case. I have not found an off shore guitar that i am comfortable with. I hear the Epi's built in the Peerless plant are the ones to get. The Epi 175 has 57 pups and a mahogany neck, nice. I had a gib 175 a few years back but sold it because my 335 had 57 pups - i didn't see the sense in having the 175 with the same pups. Since that time i have bought and sold an L5, again it had 57s but there was a big diffence in sound. I'd be willing to give it another try but as you say the price is prohibitive.
I'd like to hear what Duke has to say about this. I think he endorses the Epi line.
By the way if your reading this Duke, i submitted solo LN2 yesterday. Cheers
Duke. Better late than never. I had to listen very closely to pick this one up. I am taking it slow here. I am hoping to internalizing Bill Jennings solos. I want to get into Bill Jennings' BIg Boy when i get some free time. Love this genre of music.
Very cool playing, Steve! One of the things I admire in your playing is your ability to keep a phrase fluid; not just legato, but the tone and volume match over the course of the phrase. I just don't have the technique to make that happen yet, but I'm working on it! Anyway -- great playing, Steve, I always look forward to hearing your stuff.
Hi Peter, Bruce has a point there. On your rhythm, try playing very light. Paul had a good demonstration of how to pick 4/4 rhythm. He said you flick out in a light quick motion as if you were filick a bug that was annoying you. I think it would help you lead playing to have a lighter, rhythm track. you should try flicking your wrist lightly to obtain that swing feel. also practicing with a metronome would help to learn the proper swing feel with good timing. Like Bruce said it will help your solos. Please consider this constructive critisism OK? Duke
Cool. Thank you very much Duke.
Constructive critisism is exactly why I am here :-D
Hi Duke, here is where I am with the chords, melody and your solo. For next week I'll come up with something original
As always, thanks for the fine lessons
Hi Peter. You continue to seem more and more confident and I like your idea of putting in the stops in the rhythm. Mind if I make a suggestion, just as one student to another? I think some of your lead work is being a little thrown off by your rhythm track not being quite as solid as it could be. My advice would be to upload just your rhythm track first, and let Duke hear it and make suggestions, and get that solid before moving on to the lead. Anyway, nice work!
Duke-any Bill Jennings recommendations? I don't think the Jennings/Mcduff record pictured with Glide On is in print...
Slim, there are CDs out there of Bill with McDuff. probably cutouts though. I bet you can find them online, try Amszon. duke
Hi Duke! I figure I'll try to improvise something on the final version, but I learn so much from learning your solos note for note! I love that last lick you do, where you slide down after the pull off. I can't get it quite as cleanly yet as I'd like, but it's coming along. You used a similar figure on your solo on "Skippy's Dream", on the recorded solo. Hearing it used in these two different ways really helps me think about how to integrate it into my own ideas. Great lesson, thanks! Bruce
Damn that is nice. If i weren't so stubburn i'd hang up my axe after hearing your improvisation Duke. But, it is where i want to be. And as the Texas Rangers say Never Ever Quit.
Your new format is great- keep that sheet music please
Oooo! Sheet Music! Nice!
Fantastic, Mike. That looks great!
great new format!
wow !!!!!!!!!! cool new tab looks alot beta i reckon
Nice licks !!! Love the way it starts . Thanks Duke . And Mike , the new format is nice .
Hi All --- over the next month, we will be updating how we present the sheet music / tab on the site. For those of you taking this lesson, we're very interested to hear how you like our new design. Thanks.
I think the new tab format looks great. One comment would be to have the chord names noted above the tab. I would find this very helpful.
Thanks for a great site!
I second Marty's request for the chords.
Chet Atkins was asked once if he read music to which he replied, not enough to hurt me any.
I love the sheet music. One of the biggest challenges I have with Duke's solo lessons is figuring out which notes go with which beats of which chords.
For example, in this case Duke repeats Ab-Bb-Bb and the sheet music makes it clear that the first 4 measures begin that way with the Ab as a leading note on the "and" of the previous beat 4, followed by another similar 3 note phrase starting on the "and" of beat 2
Blues is so cool because the phrases do not begin on beat 1, and usually end in the middle of a measure. But without sheet music and/or a rhythm track it is sometimes hard to understand the logic of the melody and solo
So... I love it!
By the way, Mike, having the rhythm notated as it is now saved me hours on this. I had a really hard time with the 4th bar, and without the notation, it would have been so much harder. So thanks again!