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  1. Andy
    July 12th, 2012 @ 8:50 am

    I think you make a very important point here! When starting out on the journey towards improvisation, scale knowledge provides a nice and easy way to jump right in and not sound like crap; Especially with straightforward numbers, you can stay in a key and every single note will “sound in”…for the most part. There isn’t anything wrong with that. It feels good, builds confidence and allows you to practice as well as jam. However, like you implied, it can be a trap. Results are pretty immediate and it’s easy to practice speed and get results, the metronome is one of the few quantitative measuring sticks musicians have!

    For me, the door to “real soloing” started when I began to learn chord theory and started looking at those scales in context. With a solid foundation of the scale patterns you can start to see them from a different and “more harmonic” perspective, which helps you build an actual melody that fits the song, instead of just an in-key “sequence”! To do that, you need to be able to see how the chords/triads from the song are “built” from the scale. When you can see and find the scale tones by number (I, IV, V, etc…) you can start to “follow the chords” and make musical sense instead of just noodling.

  2. Chuck
    December 8th, 2012 @ 10:10 pm

    thank you for this lesson it really helped me you explain this more in detail than any one else.I have been trying to phrase for a while now in my solos.

  3. tony
    August 12th, 2013 @ 3:09 pm

    trying to solo can’t find the rigth lessons

  4. Matt
    October 21st, 2014 @ 11:09 pm

    Some great points for anyone learning to solo. I’d also add that soloing is like composition on the fly, check out some Zappa if you want to hear a great composer soloing.

  5. Sylvester
    March 24th, 2016 @ 1:10 pm

    “And we’ll tackle just how to “practice soloing” in Part 10 of this series.”…absolutely great series – was reading along with rapt attention, but…there is no Part 10.

    • Rob
      March 28th, 2016 @ 3:09 am

      Hopefully part 10 is coming soon as I think this series is brilliant!