John Scofield is one of my favorite jazz-guitarists. In fact, he gets away with using an effect I don’t like and I still love his playing!
This video is on probably my favorite John Scofield solo: Milestones of the Joe Henderson album So Near, So Far (which is anyway a fantastic album).
Milestones is a very difficult chord progression to solo on, but John Scofield really nails it with a lot of different approaches, pentatonics, and reharmonizations.
0:00 Intro – John Scofield on So Near, So far.
0:20 Milestones with Joe Henderson
1:06 Example #1
1:08 Super-imposed pentatonic double stops
2:17 Example #1 Slow
2:22 Example #2
2:29 Melodic statements with chords in the bridge
3:50 The Basic Melody used
4:11 Using Legato to mix bebop and pentatonics
5:31 Example #2 Slow
5:43 Example #3
5:50 Sco’s approach to double-time lines
6:45 Repeated ideas Scorfield vs Metheny
7:14 Signature Pentatonic Melody and Using different techniques for sound
8:01 Example #3 Slow
8:11 Example #4
8:16 Contrast: Melodic vs Angular (how to keep it interesting..)
9:11 Example #4 slow
9:18 Example #5
9:20 Intervallic double time ideas
10:21 Example #6
10:26 Like the video? Check out my Patreon Page
Check out one of my other lessons on John Scofield:
I have done a few other videos analyzing Scofields playing that you can check out through these links. One is on a medium Bb Jazz blues, the other is on his solo on the changes of There Will Never Be Another You.
John Scofield On A Blues This Is Why He Is Great
John Scofield – How To Mix Bebop And Pentatonics
The Musings for Miles Album
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