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5/25/2005 5:33 AM
Jon Riley (9697) wrote:
Yes, I'd start simple, with the blues. Listen to as much as you can (especially old blues).
The most important thing about improvisation is to imagine singing with your instrument - responding to a vocal line, maybe with just one or two notes; making a comment on the song.
Get into the feel, and try and hear WHY soloists play what they play, and when they play it. (It's as much about rhythm and timing as it is about notes/scales.)
Jazz is (basically) just a more advanced form of this principle (blues is the soul of jazz). It's a big mistake to try and learn all the technical stuff before you have a feel of why and where you might want to use it.
The other thing you should do (apart from get deeply into blues) is learn to play the vocal melodies of songs. Mainly the melodies of any tune you want to solo on, but ALL melodies are good to learn.
The more melodies you know, the more phrases you'll have in your memory banks to draw on to make solo phrases from.
Knowing what scales fit where is a side issue, really. (A bit like an athlete training for a race by going shopping for running shoes....:-))
Learn NOTES (notes in chords, notes in keys, notes in scales, notes on the fretboard).
The better your chord playing (and knowledge) gets, the better your rhythmic sense gets, the more sensitive your ear gets - the more set up you are to begin soloing.