High School Jazz Band- Improvisation & Soloing

High School Jazz Band- Improvisation & Soloing

    
High School Jazz Band- Improvisation & Soloing    08:53 on Thursday, March 12, 2015          

verysaxymang
(1 point)
Posted by verysaxymang

I was recently placed in Jazz band. It is a fun non-competitive band, but I play Alto Sax, and need help improving a non-boring solo. What improv notes to play and what rhythms are recommended?


Re: High School Jazz Band- Improvisation & Soloing    12:44 on Friday, July 10, 2015          

woolyhead
(40 points)
Posted by woolyhead

What sort of jazz do they play? The style of solos should fit in with this style to an extent. You could study chords and/or modes and base your solos on these, or you could just play whatever you feel like at the time. This is easier said than done, of course. When we speak we unconsciously draw on our knowledge of words and sentences so when we play whatever we feel like playing we need a lot of the equivalent of words to hand. The notes and phrases must flow easily. This takes a lot of practice and studying.


   




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