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Posted by PAige on January 22, 2000 at 01:34:15:

Well, as I promised Carol Kaye in another thread, I will share about how my jazz gig went tonight as far as my soloing went. What I had pre-determined to try was this - when I solo work around the chord tones and try not to think about scales and modes. Now scales and modes is how I have trained myself to think over the years and they are what I am comfortable with. But Carol made a point that many of the great jazzers worked out of the chord structures for their solos and didn't work so much from scales. Here is the report of my gig....
On the jazz standards we played, such as some Sinatra tunes "The Lady is a Tramp", I asked to take a solo and I stuck a,most exclusively to the intervals of the chords aswe whizzed past them. It really added a neat dimension to the character of the solos I took. A totally different feel, to be sure. And it was alot of fun. The solos had more "holes" in the lines I played i.e. more spaces... but that's not so bad. Victor Wooten says that what you don't play can be the most important part of your solo. I am truly excited, as this will add new ideas to my arsenal. Carol.... you were right.... again. Woo-Hoo!!!! can't wait for next week's gig.

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