Category: Guitar technique
What separates great improvisers from the rest of us mortals? Structure. Whether based on intuition or on a solid foundation in music theory, all masters of improvised music display the ability to structure their solos. By structure, I mean that the solo is not just composed notes from scales, but of phrases. Each phrase is […]
Many years ago, someone came up to me after my band finished its set and told me: “You sounded great on that last song!” I was shocked, because I had just limped through the roughest part of the set. The song in question was Peg by Steely Dan, a song that to this day I can barely play. I […]
If you picture the solo as a story, the musical phrases are the sentences that convey the information necessary for the story to have meaning.