Autumn Leaves is one of the most famous jazz standards we have. This is no surprise since it is a truly beautiful song. But really playing a great solo on the song can be very difficult. You probably know what scales and arpeggios to use, but that is not really making you able to sound good. Taking the chords and arpeggios and turning raw material like that into a solo is difficult and requires other strategies. Things that you are not practicing if you just play the song again and again.
For me, analyzing and internalizing phrases from others can really help you get better at creating solos where the lines connect and there is a longer arc in your playing. The first step is to recognize it in a transcription or an analysis of a solo. Then you can also start to hear it in the solos you listen to, and from there take it into your playing.
I made this lesson package to help you with recognizing how different phrases relate to each other. If you start hearing this you can also start playing like that. I have improvised and transcribed a solo on Autumn Leaves. From the transcription, I have made an annotated analysis to help you understand how many of the phrases connect. Of course, the lines are also just solid vocabulary to include in your own playing. You get that almost like a bonus.
It also builds on the material from the first Autumn Leaves solo lesson. It is a good place to take that further so that you have the basic material and now you can use it to its full potential.
If you want to start improving this aspect of your playing. Start playing solos that have a longer story, not just phrases chord by chord, then this lesson is a good place to start.
What you get
- Performance Video and mp3
- Annotated Transcription Analysis
- Ebook Article with Analysis
- Backing Track