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In his course, Trading Solos: Jazz, Henry Johnson primes you on the techniques, gear, and vocabulary you’ll need before you take the lead. Then, you and Henry will take turns coming and soloing for each other using the approaches he’s shown you.
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Guitar Lesson – Barron’s Blues Overview
The first track that we’re going to trade solos on is a 12-bar blues in C. If you listen to the track, one of the things you’ll notice is that we’re in half-time here. Half-time means that instead of counting 1,2,3,4, you actually count 1, 2, so be sure to try that out. Up next, we’ll check out some comping approaches.
Guitar Lesson – Comping Approaches Demo
One of the approaches that I use all the time is feeding off the rhythm section. If they’re playing on the 1, I’m trying to play right after. If the bass player plays a note, I’m playing right after them. With a piano player, I don’t try to follow up with the whole chord – just using one or two of the lowest notes.
If the bassist is playing a walking pattern (4/4 instead of half-time), we can play as if we’re anticipating what the rhythm section is going to play. This will push the beat, and create more movement – a great thing to add in to your playing.
When playing in half-time, try out adding a little more variation to your pattern as well. In this example, all I’m really doing is moving our two-note answer to the bass part up and down.
Guitar Lesson – Three Solo Ideas Demo
Here are a few ideas that we can both use in our solos over our 12-bar blues in C. I’ll show you something you can try out over the IV chord, and bebop lick, and a double stop lick that work great.
Guitar Lesson – Trade Solos Playalong
Now it’s time to trade solos over our 12-bar blues track in C. I’ll start things off by taking a solo over the entire 12-bar form. Make sure you’re backing me up – the comping ideas we went over earlier will all work here. This is important, and will help you see the whole picture of playing with another guitarist.Then, I’ll play rhythm, and you take a solo – either using some of the licks we went over in the previous lesson, or some of your own ideas! Let’s have some fun.
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