Every serious improviser has to deal with the blues…
From the players just starting out in school, to the musicians at local jam sessions, to the biggest names performing on international stages.
Because the blues goes hand in hand with creating music in the moment.
But unlike many players think, it goes beyond the blues scale, memorized licks or even the 12 bar progression.
The blues is about making a musical statement – telling a story through the lines you play. Rather than thinking about notes or theory, it’s the sound, style, and feel of what you’re playing that matters most.
And this is an essential skill that every improviser must develop…
Today we’re going to take a lesson in the blues from one of the most swinging and melodic players out there – the great Wynton Kelly.
Wynton Kelly’s solo on Freddie Freeloader
Wynton Kelly only played one tune on Kind of Blue…
But it’s a solo that sticks with you. One that you start singing without even realizing it.
He has a swinging, bluesy, melodic style that can’t be notated on paper. And like all masterful improvisers, something special happens when you turn on the recording.
You don’t think about notes, technique, or music theory when you’re listening to him improvise – you hear music.
I’m guessing you’ve listened to this solo before, but if you take a closer listen you’ll discover that he is using some key concepts to create a masterful solo … Read More