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Kurt Rosenwinkel – How To Make Interesting Lines

In this Kurt Rosenwinkel Lesson, I look at some lines from a live solo on the song I’ll Remember April and talk about some of the things that he uses a lot in his playing. I am going to try to go a little deeper than just looking at what notes are used but also talk a little about how the melody of the line works.

  • Arpeggio patterns & Quartal Arpeggios
  • Side-slipping in lines
  • Chromatic runs
  • Playing across the bar-line and adding extra harmony
  • Improvised lines with a huge range

I will also try to talk about Rosenwinkel’s extraordinary sense of melody which makes the lines interesting and surprising even when they are quite long and dense 8th note lines.

The complexity of the lines used in this solos is very impressive and at the same time Rosenwinkel really manages to keep it all very melodic and easy to digest. This aspect of his playing is always mind-blowing to me.

Content of the Guitar Lesson

0:00 Intro

0:29 The Topics Covered in the Analysis

1:24 Example #1

1:32 Analysis – Side-slipping and Dominant Scales

4:24 Example #1 Slowly

4:34 Example #2

4:40 Analysis – Motivic Development in 8th note lines

5:59 Example #2 Slowly

6:07 Example #3

6:18 Analysis – Larger Range – Harmonizing in the solos and Tritone Substitutes

9:56 Example #3 Slowly

10:32 Example #4

10:35 Analysis – Never-ending Scale Exercise

11:39 Example #4 Slowly

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