F Blues Performance & Breakdown
In this lesson Robert gives a demonstration and performance of the jazz blues in F. We incorporate all of the theory and material covered in the prior lessons in this course and we analyse each aspect of the performance.
Drawbar Registrations & Organ Settings
We start the performance with the ‘Jimmy Smith’ registration on the upper manual. Later in the performance we switch off the percussion circuit to access the ‘Groove Holmes’ sound and we also incorporate the fast Leslie setting as the energy builds in our solo.
Blues Licks & Riffs
Robert demonstrates a variety of blues licks and how they can be applied during performance. We start with a blues lick in the final 2 bars of the head which acts as a springboard into our solo.
We also explore licks where we repeat the same phrase for multiple measures or even through the whole form. This is a common device in blues improvisation and is an effective way to build and release tension.
Leaving Space In Our Solos
It’s important to leave space in our solo to give our audience time to digest our melodic ideas and phrases. We can break up long sections of improvised melody with short sections of comping voicings. This is particularly effective during the turnaround in the last 2 bars of the form.
Performance Notation: Licks & Riffs File Type: pdf