What do I think in a Guitar Solo? A Jazz Guitar Solo is not as much thinking as you may assume. In this video I improvised a solo, transcribed it and then I go over the solo discussing what I thought or about or what I might have thought about when playing the solo.
This should give you some insight into how I improvise and also maybe what you should not worry about when playing a song. Jazz is a genre of music that lends itself to over-thinking.
Some of the topics I go over is how and why I think certain things like altered dominants or motifs. I also talk about the construction and thought process behind double-time lines and some polyrhythmic ideas.
Content of the video
0:00 Intro – What I think about in a solo
0:20 The Driving a Car Analogy
0:42 Solo and Transcription.
1:17 Out Of Nowhere – The Song and the Form
1:48 The Solo
2:43 The Beginning – How to start a solo
4:04 How Target notes are a part of my playing
5:18 Ab Blues in G major?
5:49 The Added C7(#11) chord
6:33 The Gmaj7 Gm6 trick
7:09 Bm7 E7 – Thinking an Altered Dominant
8:39 I am not Pat Martino (surprised?)
8:50 A Tonic minor sound on the II chord
10:14 The Lydian Dom7th: Eb7
11:03 Double Time Line
12:31 Using Blues G Phrases in Medium Swing
14:22 A Simple Motif through a few bars
15:53 Bm Pentatonic to C7(13)
16:33 The Bm7 chord as a II chord not a III
17:25 4th note Triplet Poly Rhythm- Groups of 2 (displaced)
18:45 The Final turnaround and the ending
19:50 Blues in Medium Swing (Joe Pass)
20:54 How Not To Think About What I do
21:15 Like the video? Check out my Patreon Page