Melody Is the Key
We’ve all heard that the key to improvising beautifully is to focus on melody, as opposed to riffs, scales, or theoretical constructs. No one disagrees with this, but very few of us actually practice it. Heading into my lesson with jazz guitar wizard Bruce Forman, I knew that he would tell me his mantra: “Just…
A Simple Trick for Improving Your Blues Solos (Video Included)
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…
How To Improve Your Phrasing
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.