Improvising over any chord progression can be a challenge…
But the true test of your skills as an improviser comes in those moments when the band drops out and you’re forced to improvise alone, without any accompaniment.
The solo break.
All of a sudden the spotlight is on you and you’ve got a split second to come up with a musical line.
What are you going to play?
For some players the answer ends up being a guess and for others, a panicked attempt at throwing in some scales. But there has to be a better way…
Today we’re going to take a look at how a master musician navigates the solo break – Clifford Brown’s solo on After You’ve Gone from the album More Live at the Beehive.
Take a moment and listen to the opening of Clifford’s solo, paying special attention to how he navigates the solo breaks:
The distinctive feature of this particular arrangement is the four bar solo break that happens at the end of every chorus:
Each chorus concludes with a hit in Bb and is followed by a four bar break for the soloist that resolves in Eb Maj7.
Below we’ll show you 4 simple techniques that Clifford Brown uses in his solo to sound great over every solo break…
Solo Break #1: Creating Harmonic Motion with ii-V’s
Clifford opens his solo with the following line:
You hear a long melodic line that stretches over … Read More