Posted by Luke on October 13, 2001 at 20:03:50:
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"Soloing is part cognitive and part intuitive. The most important thing for a
musician to understand, is the function of the rational mind. There are three
stages. During the first stage you have to acquire tools. Arpeggios, scales
and approach patterns for instance. Work on the fingerings, practice a line -
always in all 12 keys - and get solid on the new material at different tempi.
Stage two comes into play when you are able to recall the new material
instantly. Then you should focus on a good sound and articulation. Master
During the third stage... you have to forget everything, and just play! The
third stage is all about filling the notes with emotion.
Look at it this way... We prepare the new material until we master it. Then
we hold it up over our head on a big tray and let the higher self take over
and pick and choose in the spur of the moment. This giving up control, and
trusting in higher power is most essential when it comes to true
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