Developing Your Own Soloing Ideas
In this lesson we will learn how to develop our melodic ideas for soloing and improvisation in blues, jazz, and gospel music.
The first step to developing our own ideas is to transcribe our own material from our favourite recordings and then apply those licks and lines in different settings.
Transpose & Apply Your Licks
The simplest way to get more mileage from our transcribed material is to transpose our licks and lines and then apply them throughout a chord progression.
Using the F7 lick above, we can transpose the exact notes and apply them over the other chords in the 12 bar blues, here the same lick transposed over the Bb7 chord:
This is the most basic way to reuse material and we will now explore ways to alter the rhythm to add more interest and variety to our solos.
Rhythmic displacement is a simple way to construct an entire blues solo from a relatively simple melodic idea. In the below example we take the same lick and start it on beat 2 instead of beat 1:
We can also start on the “&” of each beat which creates more syncopated and interesting solo ideas and material.
Transposing Licks Example File Type: pdf
Rhythmic Displacement Example 1 File Type: pdf
Rhythmic Displacement Example 2 File Type: pdf
Using Lick Over Different Chord Types File Type: pdf