Friday, December 18, 2009

Improvisation Basics 5: The Right Notes At The Right Time

I routinely review Sax on the Web older contents checking out link changes and other things which may have changed over time. It was my pleasure to rediscover Andew Campbell's article "The Right Notes At The Right Time" from 2007. Previously we took a look of Teaching Improvisation to Adult students, Blues Chord Progressions and Blues Scales.

Why do solos based on Blues scales sometimes sound great, but other times sound terrible?

It’s all about playing “Blues Notes” at the right time and in the right place.

Andy uses the great Eddie “Cleanhead” Vinson’s solo on “Kidney Stew” as a practical example so, that we can learn a simple and workable method to accomplish the same feat in our own solos.

Although the blues scale, or any scale for that matter, might fit a certain chord or progression, you also have to know when and where to play those notes.

Most of us eventually work this out through a lot of trial and error and lots of listening, but it doesn’t have to be that hard.

Let's look at the melody (head) first:


Then Andy is laying out the theory background for creating a solo.
Enter Mr. Eddie “Cleanhead” Vinson with his solo:


Andy goes on analyzing Vinson's solo piece by piece very masterfully. If this is something you want learn more, take a look of the entire article.

Andrew Campbell lives in Sydney Australia, where he plays and teaches. He has been a regular SOTW Forum contributor, under the alias of "Dog Pants", since 2001. Andrew hopes that this lesson will encourage other players to explore both Eddie Vinson and the many other great Blues Sax players.

5 comments:

Jazz Licks said...

Playing the right notes at the right time can always be tough especially if you think about it too much.

I enjoyed the post and thanks for that lead sheet.

RennyBA's Terella said...

I know I'm a bit late, but hope you've had a jolly good and jazzy Yuletide :-)

DianeCA said...

I came over from Renny's blog. I love Jazz and I love that other people really get it and enjoy it. The saxophone is the heart of jazz. Add a little base and the atmosphere is set. John Coltrane will always be the master for me.

Anonymous said...

I don't like the sound of all those lists he's making - it's like fetching too multitudinous notes at seminary; you sense you've achieved something when you haven't.

Reyad Hasan said...

Thanks for the note ,sir. Its really help to me.I wanna be a Careless Whisper Sax.I think your note help me so much.