But often overlooked is the depth and beauty of his phrasing and lyricism.
When I first heard the album Kind of Blue, I was blown away.
And I still am to this day.
There is so much there. Every time I listen to it, I hear more.
One solo that has always hit me dead-center between the eyes is Coltrane’s solo on Blue in Green.
This solo transports me to another world…
But this is not the Trane that we think of. The one that’s pounding down the door, in your face, playing faster than what seems humanely possible!
No. It’s a different side of him, yet the intensity of his playing is still just as present.
And much of this intensity has to do with how he phrases.
What’s the secret behind Coltrane’s beautiful phrasing and how does he sound so lyrical?
Does Coltrane phrase like a pro?
Over five years ago, I wrote an article about how to phrase like a pro.
In that I shared four points about phrasing that pros do and amateurs do not:
- Avoid starting phrases on beat 1
- Break up the eighth notes
- Connect one idea to the next
- Play into beat 1 and beyond
They seem simple, right?
But, as many things go, the simpler they seem, the more difficult they are to put into practice.
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