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Posted by Paige on January 18, 2000 at 19:59:43:

In Reply to: Re: Get proper technique, chordal notes going. posted by Carol Kaye on December 28, 1999 at 00:11:41:

I have heard you advocate learning the chordal structures over learning scales and such as a better aid to learning to solo on the bass. I know theory and I know how chords are built.... but I have personally taken a modal/scalar approach when I solo. For instance (a really simple example) if I am playing a 12 bar blues in the key of "C", many times I use as my "launching pad" a G Mixolydian scale (G to G scale using the key signature of C) when playing over the C chord and the G7 chord. And I will usually play from the C Mixolydian scale over the F chord. Now these are "launching pads" only, because depending on what the band is doing around me will pull me in one direction or another... i.e. getting in a "question - answer" thing with one of the other musicians as we trade phrases. But having said that, I will say it gets more difficult to play out of a given scale or mode when doing many of the jazz standards I play. Are you saying I should start thinking more of the chord tones of the different chords in a tune and "link" these chord tones together in order to better perform a jazz solo? I must say, this intrigues me. I am not a bad soloist, and what I have done up to now is when I am called to solo on a complex jazz tune, I play off the melody... alot, imbellishing it with arpeggios and such at the end of a phrase. I am going to concentrate more on consciously working within the chords themselves this next weekend. I will keep you posted.... sounds like fun. Anything that will push me into thinking a new way will push me into playing new stuff. Thanks again... I will post after this next weekend and let you know what happens!

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