now, you're on the bandstand, and the
theme's been played.
Maybe, one of the, the piano player or sax
player has has played a few choruses.
It's now your turn.
How we, how are we gonna star this?
How am I going to start my solo?
It's like having a blank page and, you
know, you've got to start your story now.
You're sitting there in front of the,
the screen of the computer with your,
you're about to write a story.
Where do I begin with this?
Well, there's a number of things you can
First of all, what I suggest you do is
you've got to know the chord structure.
So, kind of memorize that chord structure,
Have that in your mind and think of that
as a sketch.
Imagine you're an artist, and you're going
to paint a picture.
Or, not even paint the picture.
I'll tell you what you're gonna do.
You're gonna do a picture, a portrait of
somebody with a pen and ink.
Before you do that, you need to know, you
need to get everything right.
You need to do a sketch.
You need to get the proportions, say of
that person's face.
You need to get the proportions, where the
the nose, get everything in, in, in
So, you do a sketch and you do lots of
little drawings, and, and,
and made lots of lines, get everything in
Then, when you come to actually do your
pen and ink.
You have a look, you don't have to draw
every single hair on the persons head.
Every line, every mark.
You can look at the person's ear and you
can say, well,
the way the lights coming down there.
A really good artist won't draw every
single line of that ear.
He'll go [SOUND], and he'll draw like two
or three lines.
That says it all.
And, that's what we're doing.
If you think of the chord structure as a
sketch, that's like a pencil sketch.
So, that, that's what you're gonna work
So now, you need to decide.
So, say, you have.
Let's do it, like two, five, one, turn
D minor seven, D seven, C.
So, if we play scales on that.
That's, that's your sketch.
You don't need to play all those notes.
Something that's very good.
You can target an interval.
So, you know that first chord is D-minor.
Target the third, the minor third.
[SOUND] Make that your start note.
Maybe, do a little run up to that.
And, find a little motif on that.
There you are you got that triad.
when you come to the G, maybe you'll go
for the third there.
And then, to the C.
You can hit the third there.
you can target one of the intervals in,
one, just one of the notes in the chord.
So, you can, with a D minor, you can go
But maybe, just pick out
a couple of notes.
And to C.
Just very simple.
Just play a few notes.
That's D minor to G-seven, C.
You don't have to play.
Sometimes, when people learn from scales
and modes, they take things too literally.
They think, well I've got to play all of
What, what, what modes and scales are
you can use them to analyze actually what,
what you're playing.
But, you don't necessarily, you don't have
to play all those notes.
In fact, you don't want to play all those
You wanna use that as your sketch.
Think of that scale, that mode, if you u,
if that's the system you use, and
you understand, use that as your sketch.
It's just [SOUND] a mechanism.
It's a way of making music.
And then, from, from that, when you say,
well there's a D minor, [SOUND] Well,
what notes are in D minor?
Well, you got D, we've got, we've got A.
We got and F a natural.
Just play one of those notes.
Listen to this.
If I, If I play.
There you go D minor, G7, C, I can play.
Just, just a note on each one.
This F is defining the D minor.
B is defining the G.
And, I can actually go play the third of,
which is a D.
Each one of those notes is defining that
That's all you to need.
And then so, you can elaborate on that
You know, your eh, it's suggesting.
All those other notes, you don't need to
So, that's, that's really a good way to do
Aim fo, aim for an interval of, of chords.
Say, okay, I've got D minor here.
What have you got in D Minor.
D Minor 7.
So, you can play
That's it, you've played D Min.
You've improvised something on D Minor 7,
You haven't had to play everything.
That's an improvisation right there.
Don't bog yourself down with thinking
about too many notes, too many,
you don't have to do that.
Just pick some out.
That's, that's basically the sound we're
So, we're suggesting a lot of things just
by playing something very, very simple.