Improvising a Solo
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When a group of Jazz musicians decide to play a song and include soloing in it, they generally do it in this way:
Everyone plays the song through one time.
Then, each player who wants to solo, takes a turn improvising a solo.
Everyone plays the song one last time and then ends it.
How Do You Want to Perform a New Melody Line for Your Solo?
How you decide to use your available resources to create a new melody line is your choice. Soloing is an art form and as an art form it can come in many different variations. Here's a short list:
1- Do you want to play it on the piano?
2- Do you want to sing your solo? (such as scat singing)
3- Do you want to whistle it?
4- Do you want to play a solo that sounds similar to the original melody line? This is a good place to start for beginners . . .
5- Do you want to play a solo that sounds very different from the original melody line?
6- Do you want to share your solos with other players? This is called trading 4 bars or trading fours.
7- Do you want to stand and read a poem during your solo?
8- Do you want to make sounds of animals or bird calls during your solo?
9- Do you want to hand clap a fancy rhythm during your solo?
10- Do you want to use bits and pieces from solos you’ve heard other people play? This is another good place to start for beginners.
11- Do you want to tap dance your solo?
12- Do you want to mix children’s nursery melodies into your solo?
As you can see the list of choices is endless. Your creative pallet for painting a new melody is wide open!