May 15, 2012 @ 7:25 AM
As a singer and guitarist, I'd like to know what your take is on how a solo guitarist should arrange a Jazz standard to accomodate the right chord selection for singing and then chord soloing. I assume it is a combination of comping and chord melody, but I'd like to see a lesson where you could teach a song walkng us through those steps. Totally loving your lessons! Would love to see a chord melody of "Stardust" someday. Thanks! Eddie V.
First you have to set up the tonality so the singer can easily hear the beginning notes with your intro. Once they have the melody you can ease up on the chording and play some bass lines and even jazz lines and play sparsely. Although with each shift of the tonal .........
May 9, 2012 @ 3:47 PM
I recently received this question from a student who has been studying from my website and wants to start a jazz trio and get some gigs. I thought this was an interesting question that you all might be interested in hearing my reply.
My suggestion is that you should set a goal of mastering at least 20 tunes before getting a gig. I arrived at this number because I figure most tunes I play are 5-6 minutes each including solos so that would be approximately 10-12 per hour. Usually on a two hour gig you would need about 20 tunes, that's for 1 hour and 45 minutes of playing, deducting for a 15 minute break. If your are planning on playing longer gigs you can repeat tunes as usually your audience has changed in that time (......