Sure, I have a copy of Hunting Wabbits.. I paid for mine. You can get it on itunes for .99 cents. I'm sure Gordon Goodwin would like to be paid for his work.
Which part are you playing? Are you just soloing over the changes? Or are you playing the sectional stuff too?
better to teach a man to fish....
1 b3 4 #4 5 b7 8
Now you can construct as many as you'll ever need
If that makes no sense to you...
Take a major scale
omit the second note
drop the third note a half step
keep the fourth and the fifth but add the half step in between
omit the sixth
lower the seventh note a half step.
here's a Bb maj scale
Bb C D Eb F G A Bb
here's the blues scale
Bb Db Eb E F Ab Bb
now go forth and create blues scales
enjoy and good luck on your audition
My favorite Gordon Goodwin chart is "Attack of the Killer Tomatoes" on his latest album. He also does "Hunting Wabbits Part II", which is also very enjoyable.
I think that everybody should pay for recordings. No freebies. If the recording artists don't make any money now, there will be no incentive to record in the future. 99 cents per song is a very small price to pay.
Regarding blues scales, for a different kind of sound, try playing a G blues scale over a Bb dominant chord. It works really well!
I also like playing whole tone and diminished scales over dominant chords. It really shakes things up. Also, once in a while, play a scale on half step over the actual chord. That makes for a really interesting sound!
Steve, do you have any other strategies for playing "outside the scale"? The improvisers that I like the best are the ones who weave in and out of the chordal structure. Steve Davis and Conrad Herwig do a very good job of this.
Honestly, I'm not doing a whole lot of improvisation these days... not jazz anyway. I am working on improvised ornamentation on baroque music, and stuff like that, but not really the same thing Musically, I have so much on my plate right now, and it feels like there's never enough time to cover everything. I'm working on three different solos on three different horns, plus a bunch of excerpts. And I have do do this with what chops are left after doing my day job, which can be extremely taxing. There's just never any time or chops left for much else. Heck, at the end of the day I usually end up having to ice down my chops as it is. So I'll leave the deeper improv questions to others to answer. But I will agree, Conrad is amazing!