On May 5, 2015 at 11:17 pm by Sachin
I have been really trying to work on the Ben’s Blues class. Here is my status:
– Can play bass line pretty steadily (without looking at notes) at a brisk pace
– I can mix in melody, chords, syncopated rhythms, etc. at medium pace
– I can do pentatonic and blues scales that you prescribe at a slow pace
So I will keep practicing. But my question is how to go to the improv step. I have done it once or twice, but I’m not fully confident. Should I just keep doing it? It feels random to me (maybe I need to let go more…). Thanks!On May 7, 2015 at 1:18 am by Willie
This is a great question Sachin.
This very much resembles the 80/20 rule where even though you have done 80% of the work, it is really the 20% where all the magic happens.
Yes, keep going with your improvisation and make sure that you are breaking it into sections.
So, to conquer the last 20% I suggest that you try working the improvisation only between 2 chords to start. Use your metronome to keep your place.
I’ve found the BEST way for students to work on a section of improvisation is to create a lick from a specific rhythm.
So, start with a rhythm like 8 eighth notes to a quarter note.
For example, take this rhythm for example:
Next, apply notes to this rhythm to create a lick like so:
Now, of course, this is just one example. The point is that this process allows you to check yourself. What I mean is that with a SET rhythm and SET lick you always know how the lick and the accompaniment “line up”.
Understand where I’m going with this?On May 7, 2015 at 12:22 pm by Sachin
Thanks Willie! I will try this. I am sure I will have questions on this after I get this part down better 🙂On May 7, 2015 at 12:25 pm by Willie
I hope you do! That’s what I’m here for 😉
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