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Soloing In Different Positions

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Stompin' At The Savoy > Soloing In Different Positions

Hi Folks,

I really hope you all are enjoying learning this song. We are now on the last lesson and what we will do is here is learn some more tips for soloing on it in different positions and such. For the last chorus we will repeat the melody as in the first chorus. For ending the last few bars could be a simple blues lick ending or a chord figure or any number of typical bluesy endings. Lets see some videos now, OK?






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Backing Track

Print Print Chords & Tab

Loop 0:00 Breakdown of Soloing in Different Positions

Loop 12:00 Practice Loop / Example


Download the Sheet Music PDF


Loop 14:47 Closing Thoughts 





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Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Jan 06, 2022

Hi Marty, I'm just hearing this now and enjoying it! Good work on improvising hear it always feels good to see students go beyond what I teach them and interject their own ideas. That's how I know I'm actually helping. Good work! Duke

Marty Perry
Marty Perry Jan 06, 2022

Thanks Duke! Your lessons are fantastic thanks so much for teaching on Sonic Junction! 

Marty Perry
Marty Perry Nov 26, 2021

Hi Duke,

Here's my run at Stompin' At The Savoy. Thanks for the lesson and any feedback.


Steve Lauder
Steve Lauder Apr 22, 2017

Hey Duke. I continue to work on this. What i am hearing in my head hasn't quite made it to my fingers yet. soon i hope. patients. I'll keep at it. 

Thanks for sharing. It is helping me immensely in a swing proficiency.  



Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Apr 27, 2017

Steve, My friend, if I were to grade that performance I would give it an Excellent +. Seriously! It was beautifully melodic, inventive and swinging. You are starting to relax with it and I can feel that you are improvising naturally. Truly great work. You are making me proud boy. Thanks! Duke 

Steve Lauder
Steve Lauder Apr 27, 2017

Thanks Duke. And yes i feel i am starting to relax more with it. I think you have said these solos are a mix of major and pentatoic scales. So, i have been practicing just that. The more I practice this the more fluent i beleive i will be. Looking forward to the next lesson, perhaps Avalon and not to forget Swingin the blues which SJ just re released. 

Cheers, your friend


Bruce Dumes
Bruce Dumes Feb 05, 2017

Hey Duke! So, here's another go at it. Improvements since the last one, I think. More focused and natural --  I hope, anyway! Would love to hear what you think! Best, Bruce

Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Feb 13, 2017

Hey Bruce, Nice and confident here and more new ideas. Love the Walking My Baby back Home quote. That fits in perfect with this song. Really good stuff here! Youre really making progress on this stuff. GREAT JOB! Duke

Bruce Dumes
Bruce Dumes Feb 14, 2017

Thanks so much, Duke! That's really inspirational to hear! Bruce

Bruce Dumes
Bruce Dumes Jan 28, 2017

Hey Duke! I've really been shedding on this one! Wonderful tune to play on. I was planning to quote "Skippy's Dream" as you wre doing in the last lesson, but then I got distracted with another idea. But I'm pleased with the Duke Ellington quote that snuck its way in there. "Just Squeeze Me" has always been a favorite of mine and I love the way that you and Herb play it on your record. Did you ever work up an arrangement of "How High The Moon"? I passed by Les Paul and Mary Ford's star near Hollywood Blvd the other day and was thinking about it in my head, how to approach it. Quite a challenge! 

Anyway, I'll be anxious to hear what you think of this. I feel like it's really pushed my playing forward a bit. Thanks for the amazing lesson! Can't wait for the next one!

Best, Bruce

PS, hey there Steve! Hope to hear your fine playing again soon. 

Steve Lauder
Steve Lauder Jan 27, 2017

hope to be back with you soon. 



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