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  1. #1

    Join Date: Oct 2008
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    Contribute with your favorite licks/approaches to soloing!

    I thought that it would be great to have a thread that you can really improve yourself by reading. Im usually trying to expand my lead-vocabulary so I thought that I'd probably be able to learn a lot from you guys!

    So to start with something: Lately Iv'e been trying to improve my time a lot. I saw a video by Al Dimeola where he was speaking about tapping with your foot while playing. I've always thought that that is a good way to make your soloing sound more determined but it's first now that I realize that it is essential! Everything started to sound a lot better as soon as I started doing that.

    I also try to sing along to what I'm playing when improvising cause that will make it a lot more melodical, and you'll have to take breaks in your playing naturally as you have to breathe. It's a great way to improve both time and thematic playing.

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    Join Date: Oct 2008
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    I tend to think in quasi-counterpoint when coming up with leads. You can divide a riff up into separate chords, or you can think of it as a melody in of itself. Kind of hard to put into text and I'm kinda sleepy, but I'll do my best to explain. If you have a riff in E minor that has a descending theme, you can think of every chord as a new root (change in modes) or you can think of E as a root, D as a bastardized escape tone, and C as a second root (Lydian I think). The notes for an E minor chord are E,G,B and the notes for C major first inversion are E,G,C. The lead melody can dance around those notes easily over 3 octaves. Throw in the D in the right places and you can get a cool 9th/suspended/variousotherchordsdependingonwhatnotesintherhythma resimultaneous voicing. Not to say that anyone should limit themselves to whatever notes fit in with a given chord, but it's fun to toy with as far as improv/need ideas/oops I forgot what I was supposed to play and I hope no one notices I completely botched this lead and need to figure out something quick.
    I'd give my right arm to be ambidextrous.

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    Join Date: Sep 2008
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    Man, I've been steering clear of this thread for ages, because it's a HUGE topic. I'll post up over the weekend, I guess.
    "They can kill you, but the legalities of eating you are a bit dicier." - David Foster Wallace

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    Join Date: Oct 2008
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    Yeah, Drew I'd love to hear some of you thoughts on improv and all that surrounds it! I'm gonna post something more in a couple of days hopefully.

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    Join Date: Jan 2009
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    My approach is not to overthink (says the Holdsworth fan) and to just use your ears. Basically my lead style is me trying to avoid sounding like a boring weedly weedly guy that I'd hate to listen to.

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