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    Alright folks, the moment we've all been waiting for has finally arrived! This month we're putting all of our hard work together, and using it to build a solo.

    Following a few pointers and hot tips, we will be applying our newfound skills to the classic standard Just Friends. Fewell gives us a model solo to show us how it's done, and then we're thrown into the deep end -- sink or swim!

    Let's do this.
    Fewell's Melodic Approach - Ch. 6 (Building a Solo)-vhxnerb-jpg

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    That sample solo is great and very inspiring. Learned and memorized it first time around.

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    I'm lagging behind but I'm in!

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    I feel this is a pretty straight ahead chapter. I've already been using his approach when analyzing songs, and I'm sure many of you have as well.

    One thing I totally forgot was the Em7b5 being a Gminor extension. I probably need to go back and do some refreshing. But I also noticed he says he'll address the II-V minor in a later chapter and I wonder if anyone else was just playing it as the I minor anyways? IE: he's saying (now) to use the Gminor over the Em7b5-A7b9, but I've been just playing Dminor over it. I suppose it's a little "6 of one, 1/2 dozen of another", eh?

    I gave his solo a first listen. Why the hell can't I sound like that? I know all those things he's playing....it's all very familiar now, right? But I'll be dammed if I can put it together like that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TOMMO View Post
    That sample solo is great and very inspiring. Learned and memorized it first time around.
    I definitely need to learn it. I think he does such a good job of moving between changes and making it sound natural and that's something I struggle with so much. I guess that's why he's a pro and we play in our living rooms.

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    I'm WAAAAAYYYY behind, guys.
    Been working on other things---including my own songs, which must be a priority because, well, they're mine---but I realize that I need to find more time for Fewell's material or else I'll lose what I have gained so far.

    I'll be paying attention. Not sure when I'll post again. Happy to see this group is rolling along!

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    Same here, Mark.

    But with me it's my learning style. It always takes me years to work through a book because I like to fully ingrain everything. I find it difficult to move on to the next chapter, even when I know it would do me good.

    Derek

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    Quote Originally Posted by digger View Post
    Same here, Mark.

    I find it difficult to move on to the next chapter, even when I know it would do me good.

    Derek
    Moving on doesn't mean you can't review past chapters...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bahnzo View Post
    I gave his solo a first listen. Why the hell can't I sound like that? I know all those things he's playing....it's all very familiar now, right? But I'll be dammed if I can put it together like that.
    Ha, I'm with you! I guess that's why he called it A Melodic Approach rather than A Running-Patterns-Over-Changes Approach.

    My first time through this book I was also doing Howard Roberts' Superchops course, and I used that course as an opportunity to really strongly ingrain these patterns over different sets of changes. As a result I am reasonably comfortable with the patterns and switching between them, but I have a tendency to noodle through them in relentless eighth-notes.

    It's hard to be aware of what your options are, but not necessarily use them. And to realise that it's fine to repeat notes, use space, only play two or three notes in a measure, and so on. That's where it helps to slow down and remember that melody is the goal, not hitting the 3rd of every chord.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jehu View Post
    Ha, I'm with you! I guess that's why he called it A Melodic Approach rather than A Running-Patterns-Over-Changes Approach.
    I learned the first 16 bars tonight, and it's not just a Melodic approach, but it's also rhythmic. His solo really swings. I know he's talked numerous times about paying attention to that, but it's one more thing to work on..for me anyways.

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    Just me playing GF's solo. And getting fancy with the video effects....


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    Excellent!

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    Here's a quick run through Fewell's solo with a metronome... a couple of rough spots, but whatchoogonnado.


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    Good job, Jay!

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    [QUOTE=Bahnzo;1040762]Just me playing GF's solo. And getting fancy with the video effects..../QUOTE]

    Loved it! Can't wait to get this solo under my fingers. Thanks for the inspiration.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jehu View Post
    Here's a quick run through Fewell's solo with a metronome... a couple of rough spots, but whatchoogonnado.
    Well done Jay!

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    Here's my crack at "Lovers No More". It starts with a run through GF's solo, and then a couple of choruses of my own nonsense:


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    Quote Originally Posted by Jehu View Post
    Here's my crack at "Lovers No More". It starts with a run through GF's solo, and then a couple of choruses of my own nonsense:
    Nailed it! I'm still working on the solo and can only hope that my results are half as good. Cheers.

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    Great job, Jay!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MarkRhodes View Post
    I'm WAAAAAYYYY behind, guys.
    Been working on other things---including my own songs, which must be a priority because, well, they're mine---but I realize that I need to find more time for Fewell's material or else I'll lose what I have gained so far.

    I'll be paying attention. Not sure when I'll post again. Happy to see this group is rolling along!
    Me too!! But the last couple of days I've been working on the book, reviewing from the beginning and I'm on CH 3 review right now.

    And my own stuff, just released:


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    Quote Originally Posted by Bahnzo View Post
    Just me playing GF's solo. And getting fancy with the video effects....

    Quote Originally Posted by Jehu View Post
    Here's a quick run through Fewell's solo with a metronome... a couple of rough spots, but whatchoogonnado.

    That sounds really great, both of you. That's a long solo to take on.

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    Here's my take on Fewell's Exercise 6.1. It took some work to get it this far. I took a little extra time to learn the melody as well as the solo.

    Funny thing, I was ready to put up a video of me playing the exercise on my L5 at 108 bpm. On a whim, I picked up the 175 and bumped the bpm to 120. I think I was relaxed because I already had a decent, post-able clip. So what you are seeing is the only time I was able to get through melody + solo at 120 bpm.

    On to chapter 7, although I already know that I will be spending a lot of time reviewing previous chapters.


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    losaltosjoe, really well done. I enjoyed that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fep View Post
    losaltosjoe, really well done. I enjoyed that.
    +1!

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    Quote Originally Posted by losaltosjoe View Post
    Here's my take on Fewell's Exercise 6.1. It took some work to get it this far. I took a little extra time to learn the melody as well as the solo.

    Funny thing, I was ready to put up a video of me playing the exercise on my L5 at 108 bpm. On a whim, I picked up the 175 and bumped the bpm to 120. I think I was relaxed because I already had a decent, post-able clip. So what you are seeing is the only time I was able to get through melody + solo at 120 bpm.

    On to chapter 7, although I already know that I will be spending a lot of time reviewing previous chapters.

    Pretty sure that was exactly what that was supposed to sound like. :-D


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    Here is Ex. 6.2.

    There is free Amplitube software which works both as standalone software and as a plugin for a DAW. I use it as a headphone amp when practicing electric guitar. On this video, I recorded direct into the computer using the Amplitube software. For your viewing pleasure, in the middle of this video I inserted a screen capture of the Amplitube interface and settings I used. I used what I think is a Fender Super Reverb emulation and a couple of pedals.

    It's Free!!

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    Excellent, Frank!

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    Quote Originally Posted by fep View Post
    Here is Ex. 6.2.

    There is free Amplitube software which works both as standalone software and as a plugin for a DAW. I use it as a headphone amp when practicing electric guitar. On this video, I recorded direct into the computer using the Amplitube software. For your viewing pleasure, in the middle of this video I inserted a screen capture of the Amplitube interface and settings I used. I used what I think is a Fender Super Reverb emulation and a couple of pedals.

    It's Free!!
    That was terrific Frank! I love how you made the solo your own. Lots of nice personal touches. And thanks for the tip about the Amplitude software (I think...).

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    Very Nice Frank!

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    Not my finest moment, but I just didn't have the energy to do several takes. So this is it, raw and right off the press. Time to move on. I enjoyed working a solo with the concepts from the book. As I said before, I feel the way I look at a solo (and the fretboard, for that matter) has definitely evolved working through this material. That said, I may have spent too long on this. I feel myself getting pretty bored with my own playing. Should have recorded this a couple of weeks ago and moved on, but my webcam stopped working and I just couldn't get around to ordering a new one.

    I see I'm now two chapters behind. I hope I can make up some time.


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    Quote Originally Posted by rlrhett View Post
    Not my finest moment, but I just didn't have the energy to do several takes. So this is it, raw and right off the press. Time to move on. I enjoyed working a solo with the concepts from the book. As I said before, I feel the way I look at a solo (and the fretboard, for that matter) has definitely evolved working through this material. That said, I may have spent too long on this. I feel myself getting pretty bored with my own playing. Should have recorded this a couple of weeks ago and moved on, but my webcam stopped working and I just couldn't get around to ordering a new one.

    I see I'm now two chapters behind. I hope I can make up some time.
    Well done! Love the tone you get playing with your fingers.