String Theory with Jimmy Brown: Bluesy SRV-, Betts- and Page-Style Soloing Over a Mid-Sixties Jazz Classic

by Jimmy Brown
Posted Jun 18, 2014 at 2:01pm

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As I promised last month, I’m going to demonstrate some cool licks to play over the chord changes to Horace Silver’s mid-Sixties jazz classic “Song for My Father.”

As you recall, the composition features a cool, laid-back bossa nova groove and loosely spaced chord changes that make it a great jam tune for rock and blues guitarists looking to get into jazz.

For my first chorus of soloing—the term is jazz and blues slang for one complete song cycle, which in this case is a 24-bar AAB form comprised of three eight-bar sections—I thought it would sound good to begin by playing sparse, bluesy phrases (something no one will ever fault you for doing).

The sound of the chord progression brought to my mind Stevie Ray Vaughan’s tasteful, understated lead playing at the end of David Bowie’s 1983 hit song “Let’s Dance,” and I thought, What would SRV play here?