Searching the internet and musical book stores for those nuggets that will make your playing sound better without even trying. Got that.
Here we go! Let me be brutally honest with you right now.
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Playing tons of notes because you can does not create music. Ever heard the saying space makes the heart grow fonder?
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Well this is true for jazz. When you leave space you will build up the value of anything else you play after the space. Everything you play will have 10x more meaning behind it if you leave space. I love using this example to demonstrate how space can make a simple run hold more value. Take a listen.
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Rhythms are what drive jazz. It is the feel good sensation you get when you listen to the music.
What notes to play? What pattern can I play here?
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Forget all that for a second. Take 5 chorus and only focus on developing certain rhythms within your solo. Think about it.
This is jazz. You can play anything you want in jazz. Have you ever been in a situation where a person was telling you about the most ridiculous story you had ever heard, but because they were so adamant about it, you started to believe them?
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All of us have at some point. So when you step up on the band stand, you need to know that every note that comes out of you is your truth. This goes for all instruments. When you are up on stage playing a solo concert then yes it is just about you. If you were to remove the bass what would happen?
It would give you a different texture. If you were to remove the drums, it would also give you a different atmosphere. Everyone has their part and when you are improvising their parts matter because they are supporting what you are playing.
So listen to them! Listen to their ideas.
Have conversations with the drummer. Have conversations with the bass player. When you are stuck inside your head while soloing you are note creating music.
You might as well do the same thing in a practice room. Enjoy your fellow musicians and what they have to offer you while improvising.
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Any concept, or idea you have while soloing, can always be expanded upon more than you can possibly imagine. Play quietly for 4 chorus!
Why not?! You need to extract all the flavor and value out of each idea before moving on to the next one. Thank for the comment Adonica! Feel free to let me know if you need any assistance with anything. I really appreciated your tips and like how you include demos of what you mean, too, thank you, Brendan!
Nice Been playing for over 30 years and have never gotten any better at improvising. I can read but prefer to play by ear.
LOL Thanks, Ack. Even set aside working on any time signatures for a little bit and just focus on feeling all the different ways that your hammer can move. Dear Brenden, I am in the midst of teaching myself jazz violin. Those wrong notes really gave it an oddly…. Kind of like abstract art with lots of movement and color.
So, thank you for that interesting concept. My dad plays violin. Thanks for your kind and supportive comment. Glad the education was able to assist you. Brenden Reply.