Autumn Leaves Solo Lesson 1

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This lesson is an analysis of a solo and a further exploration of the chords of the song Autumn Leaves.

The material consists out of a 4 chorus improvised solo that I have transcribed. The lesson video that analyses the solo focus on several topics listed below. Especially some thoughts about how to time harmonic and rhythmical devices within a solo and working on tension and release on the scale of a whole solo in terms of different types of intensity. The solo also illustrates what I do with the material from the free YouTube Lesson and uses this material in varying the rhythm and the harmony.

Description

This lesson is an analysis of a solo and a further exploration of the chords of the song Autumn Leaves. The material consists out of a 4 chorus improvised solo that I have transcribed.

The lesson video that analyses the solo focus on several topics listed below. I am also going over some thoughts about how to time harmonic and rhythmical devices within a solo and working on tension and release on the scale of a whole solo in terms of different types of intensity. The solo also illustrates what I do with the material from the free YouTube Lesson and uses this material in varying the rhythm and the harmony.

Contents of the solo and analysis

  • When to follow the changes and when not to
  • triplet phrasing and rhythms in medium swing
  • Melodic minor use on a tonic minor chord
  • variations on tonic minor sounds
  • Double time in medium swing
  • Solo Reharmonizations of minor and major cadences
  • Using Blues phrases in a minor key
  • Motifs and variations of motifs in solos
  • Polyphonic soloing ideas

The download includes:

– Performance video with transcription
– 51 min Video Lesson with analysis
– PDF/GuitarPro Transcription of 4 choruses
– Mp3 Backing track
– Mp3 Performance track
– Performance Notes

I hope you can use the lesson as an etude and as inspiration for your own solos on Autumn Leaves. I also hope that the analysis serves as food for thought on how to both improvise and listen to jazz solos.

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