June 26, 2019 at 9:17 am #136155
Hi Active Melodists,
In my post yesterday, I mentioned not feeling confident enough to record myself improvising… but then I decided to step out of my comfort zone and cross the threshold, as this is the only way that I’ll be able to make some progress 🙂
So here is EP311, with a bit of improv starting at 1:37. The result doesn’t sound great to me, I’m having a hard time moving away from scale-fiddling and into building melodies that will stick, not to mention numerous technical flaws. I’m looking to find out what I can do to improve this, so any criticism is more than welcome from anyone, and especially the more seasoned players among the community!
Thanks for taking the time to listen and comment!
June 26, 2019 at 10:08 am #136161
Played really well Jérémy, remembering all those positions throughout the change of keys plus the improvs on top, was a feat in itself, congratulations. I’m not sure what gauge strings you have on but a bit more pull on some of those bends would have helped you, only a ‘smidgen’ in it though. Thoroughly enjoyable …… thanks.
June 26, 2019 at 11:11 am #136163
The fast backing track did not tempt you to play too fast.
Very well done, congrats.
I think you should jump a little bit between octaves to make the track more varied.
Keep on rocking.
June 26, 2019 at 11:15 am #136165
June 26, 2019 at 4:02 pm #136174
Good one, Jeremy. One trick I’ve learned to make my improv more interesting is to vary the beat that my licks start on. Like the lesson seems to start the main lick on “& 4”, so try starting another lick on “2 & 3 & 4” or just plain “1 2 3 4”, if you know what I mean.
June 26, 2019 at 6:46 pm #136183
Sounds good, no criticism!
June 26, 2019 at 8:07 pm #136185
Man that sounded good to me. You are too hard on yourself.
June 26, 2019 at 8:36 pm #136187
I’ll tell you what, Jeremy… If I had any constructive criticism I would give it, but that all sounded great to me. Nice playing and improv!
June 27, 2019 at 5:01 am #136197
Sounds good mate.
June 27, 2019 at 5:37 pm #136226
San Luis ReyParticipant
Good stuff Jeremy! That’s great you are stepping out of you comfort zone. Well done.
June 28, 2019 at 3:22 am #136253
Many thanks all for taking the time to comment 🙂
Richard, bluesheki, Sunjamr, thank you for the useful suggestions, which I’ll try to take onboard!
June 30, 2019 at 4:35 pm #137068
You have nothing to not feel confident about! This is the lesson I joined on and you’re inspiring me! Keep it up!
June 30, 2019 at 9:28 pm #137221
No worries bud that was nicely done. Sounds good.
Keep on picking.
July 9, 2019 at 6:57 am #138088
July 9, 2019 at 7:17 am #138090
Jeremy, that was excellent all the way through! I actually liked your improv better than the original. I think this is because when the improv started, it immediately became more rock sounding than country sounding to me, which seems more suited to your style of playing here. But all was very good. Love that SG.
July 9, 2019 at 2:57 pm #138100
Very nice, Jeremy, you’ve made excellent the 1. level of this exercise, now it’s time to take the second level ‘cos it seems you have a real potential to develop it further. Keep on rockin’!
July 9, 2019 at 5:53 pm #138107
July 16, 2019 at 7:14 am #138447
This is great. Very fun to watch and listen to. You made brave attempts to pull away and let it rip yet stayed within the context of the arrangement. I would say this about learning and trying to move away from scales: Keep finding AM arrangements that allow you to do this and of course any other methods that you are currently using. It will happen. You pulled of some nice sliding 6ths in this solo so I think you are well on your way. Overall, your tone and playing is top shelf! Keep them coming!
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