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Questions tagged [solos]

A solo is a section or complete piece of music played or sung by one musician, with or without additional accompaniment by an ensemble or tape.

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What to do when you get lost in a jazz song?

A problem a lot of beginners in jazz have is that they tend to get lost in the solos (theirs and their bandmates' solos, where they accompany the soloist). Trying to follow the chord progressions with ...
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What is “Phrasing” in the context of playing a Solo?

What is meant when a listener says"His phrasing was spot on"- specifically when talking about solo's but sometimes when referring to a pianist "comping". What does it mean when referring to a ...
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Should the soloist watch the conductor?

I have been watching many videos of concert band performances which has a soloist standing just beside the conductor. Let's now assume that we are talking about a trombone concerto with a solo ...
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Incorporating modes in solos

I have been playing and improvising quite happily for many years on a few different instruments but can't seem to get my head around incorporating modes into my day-to-day playing. I am from a blues /...
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How can I encourage a soloist to play louder?

In the training band I conduct, we sometimes choose pieces that focus on one player as a soloist. Many of the players have no previous experience of playing in public. Often, the children's natural ...
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Guitar solo techniques

I have been playing guitar for a while now and I've decided (after playing with a guy I know and seeing how expressive his solos are) that I need to improve my improvisation. My improvisations are ...
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What is the purpose of knowing the relative minor of a particular major scale?

I know that the relative minor of any major scale shares all the notes of that major scale. I'm also aware that the concept of relative minor seems to be useful for the purpose of soloing and ...
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Have the technical skill still cant create interesting solo [closed]

So, I have the technical skills, theory ( Chord tones as an example ), hammer ons, bends, ect all down really well but I suffer from these issues: I still cant create an interesting solo in my head ...
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When/how to switch in between major and minor pentatonic

I'm trying to figure out how I can mix major and minor pentatonic scales and was wondering if someone could explain the underlying theory concepts that would dictate under what chords/chord changes ...
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Getting a bigger sound for solo keyboard/voice performance

I've played keyboards in a band that plays pubs/clubs for a few years now. I'm thinking of trying some solo gigs where I try to recreate as much of the band sound as possible. I definitely want to ...
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How to Increase left hand speed?

My left hand speed isn't good enough to do fast hammer on pull offs or similar stuff. I want to learn some basic iron maiden solos and go from there but I simply can't get the hammer pull offs right. ...
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Question about soloing

I am soloing over a chord progression of A,D, and C#m. A G# note fits all but the D chord. Can I still hit the G# note when playing a D chord? It sounds good to me but I'm not sure. Musically, does ...
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Getting the most out of a Jazz standard

I recently started practising Jazz standards. I started with Take Five, and Girl from Ipanema as they seemed relatively easy to play and their melody easy to remember. I would like advice on how I can ...
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Question concerning the integration of jazz solos into the rest of the ensemble

I am a relatively new jazz player. I do know a sizable amount of theory, though. My question was if there were any tips and advice you could give me concerning if and how soloists try to adjust their ...
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How to improvise over a C#, B, A chord progression?

I'm looking to improvise a piano solo in over a C# verse that has a C#, B, A chorus. I'm unsure of what scale to use for this, or unsure on how to determine why musically some notes work better than ...
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Air tube to change the sound of guitar

In Tokio 1992 Slash used what looks like an air tube to change the sound of his electric guitar. What is the proper name of this mechanism? And what is the mechanism behind the sound changing?
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What is it called when one voice type sings a 'solo'?

We have three groups (soprano, alto, and baritone) and for one of the songs we're singing, each vocal section has a piece or section that we have to sing. Our conductor referred to it as a specific ...
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Minor key and its chords [duplicate]

I am trying to learn the scales and its relative chords. I am confused with Minor scale. Lets take A minor key for an example. A minor key has following notes: A B C D E F G and its relative chords ...
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How to train in order to perform a “good” drum solo?

This question might be a little weird, but I was wondering, since there are a lot of different ways to perform a drum solo, how to practice for them. I'm looking forward to play something clean, not ...
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Melodic line for voice soloist with divisi. Why?

In Schubert's "Nachthelle", for tenor solo and male chorus, there is a section in the soloist's melodic line that have, apparently, divisi (upper melodic line, in the photo). Why? Is of soloist's ...
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Practice and performance

This question is going to take some time to explain (at least for me), so pardon the length ahead of time. Also note that it seem like it elicits opinions but this is not the intent. I'm interested ...
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Rolling Stones Sway guitar solo chord function

I enjoy jamming over Sway by the Stones. The final solo is C minor pentatonic mainly played over two chords, C major and Bb major. While I understand why you would use a minor pentatonic on a major ...
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How Can I Make my Solos Sound Like an Actual Song?

What's wrong I know the chord shapes in my progression (G C G Am D G), the scale pattern underneath and I know the song I'm playing by heart. And yet - while I start soloing the song is gone. I can't ...
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What key fits with the chords Em7, F#m7, and B7#5?

I'm trying to find some good places to start an electric guitar solo for the song Cosmic Girl by Jamiroquai . The solo will go over the verse progression. The verse progression seems to be some sort ...
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Modes on the guitar

Pretty new to jazz and I just had a question about soloing So for example we have a progression Dm7| Bm7| so I understand we can play D Dorian then B Dorian with each of the chords. My question is ...
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Modes over II-V-I

I was listening to a piece and the bassist talked about playing several different modes over certain chords. For example, over the first chord he was playing in D Dorian, obviously because it's a ...
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soloing over I-IV-V blues progression (E-A-B)

First of all I would like to say that I have absolutely no musical education whatsoever, I have been studying alone and in the past with a guitar teacher. However, I am really into blues, watching lot ...
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Why are my notes sounding so distinct and separate when I'm trying to play the Godfather theme on guitar?

I have a Stratocaster and I'm playing the Godfather theme by Slash on it. I hit the notes right and I'm doing all the slides and vibratos. However, you know how the entire theme just flows when slash ...
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Fingering for fast playing notes on the same fret, but different string

Sorry, I couldn't think of a more precise title. In some songs I encounter parts where I play two single notes on the same fret but, for example, 12th fret on the b and e string in fast progression. ...
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Soloing using Phrygian Over Minor Chord progression

I can't get my head around this - could really use the help of all the gurus here: I have been trying to solo over a minor chord progression (the Solo is in Phrygian). I am using a pentatonic ...
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why is it harder to solo using a diatonic scale than a pentatonic scale? [closed]

I learned my pentatonic shapes and I can do some solos with them, not so good yet, but improving. I now learned the major diatonic shapes and I find it harder to solo with them, is it because of the ...
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Application of different fingering pattern exercises to improvisation on the guitar

I've been spending quite some time lately practising various interval-based fingering exercises for soloing on the guitar. These are basically exercises where I ascend or descend a scale (the major ...
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Tutti & Solo notation

So while practicing Chopin's Sonata no.2, I decided to study a bit of writing a Concerto. But there is this notation that always leaves me clueless, which is the "Tutti" and "Solo" notation. I ...
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How to stop making mistakes when playing with backing tracks?

I have been playing guitar for over one and half year now. The most annoying mistake I make is that I can't play with backing track. eg: Sweet Child O' Mine solo - I can play this without any music ...
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What Key Is This Progression? [closed]

I have a song based around the Emaj - Cmaj - Dmaj chords in that order. What key would you say this is in and what scales or modes would you use to solo over them? C Lydian and D Mixlydian are ...
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Improving Timing While Improvising A Solo

Recently I've been practicing scales by improvising over backing tracks. I've noticed that at times that my timing is good, it flows with the music, and at other times it's horrible, seemingly going ...
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Improving as a solo guitarist without learning scales

I am a drummer of 20+ years. I am a guitarist for only the last 5 or so (more of a guitar owner). I can play many chords, and have composed a number of songs. I learned to play drums without a ...
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Solos on the 12 bar blues in A

When I'm soloing over the 12 bar blues in A (A7 D9 E9) I only use notes from the minor pentatonic scale in A. I know it should be possible to use the major pentatonic and even other scales. But I ...
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Major Mediant of F Major Scale [duplicate]

I'm writing a solo over a progression in F Major. However, the progression uses a major mediant instead of the usual minor. Therefore, my progression in F major is IV-III-vi-ii-I (Bbmaj-Amaj-Dmin-Gmin-...
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What is the best way to learn guitar solo from someone else? [closed]

I am guitarist and when I am working in solo or practicing of some master of performance or someone else on guitar I always have some doubts if am I in the right way. Because sometimes is painful to ...
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How to involve audience during a solo performance? [closed]

What are the ways to involve an audience during a solo performance? And what do you do if you feel they are not interested in listening?
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How to perform trombone solo? (improvisation)

I'm a euphonium player, but for jazz band at school I play trombone. Everyone in jazz band is required to play an improv piece only this is my first year doing trombone, so I'm not so certain. Should ...
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Preventing unwanted noise while changing from string to string while playing

I often face this problem: Let's say I'm on the 12th fret of the G string with my index finger placed on it. Now I want to move on to 12th fret of the B string, so basically just below the one I was ...
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Where does the Eb diminished 7 in I Wanna Be Around come from and how to play over it?

I am interested to know where the Eb diminished 7 in the first 4 bars of jazz standard I Wanna Be Around come from? My guess was that it relates as being a sort of tritone substitution for the V of ...
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Is this too difficult for a solo flutist?

There are 2 woodwind instruments that come to mind when I think of a high pitched solo. Those are the flute and the clarinet, both of which can have either a mellow or a piercing quality depending on ...
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Asking written-out full score of some standard Jazz repertoire [closed]

I find it difficult to learn Jazz improvisation (in my case for piano), partly because the written out full score are hard to find, so I may study, compare, and imitate. Many canonical pieces can be ...
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How to learn pentatonic major and how to vary them? [closed]

I just wanted to know that, I heard that I can combine minor and major in solos. But I only know the Minor solos and not for every chord, only for those in the big E string. Please help me find some ...
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Is there a name for when a lead part keeps repeating the same short melody while the rest of the band/orchestra/etc changes behind them? [duplicate]

It's one of my favourite musical devices and can make a really great impact. I think I can best demonstrate this with a couple of songs on youtube. 1) ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead -...
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Starting a solo on a root note

Do I always have to start a solo on the root note of the chord or can I use any note in the chord? Example the chord is C# 7. Can I start the solo on a B note? Thanks
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Guitar - Should I Learn the Major Scale Patterns?

I am already pretty good in using the minor and major pentatonic scales to solo. I also learned CAGED for minor/major chords on the fret-board. The issue is, I am struggling to make meaningful music ...