Contrary to what many people think…
…great solos don’t just happen by chance.
They aren’t a lucky run of notes that happen to sound good or a sudden stroke of divine inspiration that hits once you walk on stage.
If only it were that easy!
The ability to get up and improvise in front of an audience takes some guts and creativity, but it also requires something much more concrete: planning.
Despite what it looks like from the audience, improvisation isn’t magic and it’s not all spontaneous…
What the best improvisers know all too well is that there’s a process that leads to every great solo.
Let me explain…
The secret of the prepared improviser
Think of your favorite solo.
Miles Davis’ solo on So What immediately pops into my mind.
What most musicians forget is that this stellar solo started before Miles put the trumpet to his lips.
It started before he showed up to the gig or recorded Kind of Blue. It began taking shape back in the practice room weeks, months, even years before…
And this is exactly what many players miss when they set out to learn jazz improvisation. Improvising seems like a spur of the moment activity, however there is a process that leads to every great solo.
If you’re unhappy with the way you’re soloing right now, don’t get frustrated with that last concert and don’t blame the tune or how your instrument felt that day.
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