Graduation Solo 6

Discussion in 'BGU Solos 4-6' started by WimVD, Mar 22, 2019.

  1. WimVD

    WimVD Every day I have the blues

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    #1 WimVD, Mar 22, 2019
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  2. Eblues

    Eblues Blues Newbie

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    I have listened to a few of your lesson posts, but haven't commented before...

    You are nailing these lessons.. all aspects of playing sound very solid to me. You are ready to move on to the next challenge.
     
  3. Jalapeno

    Jalapeno Southeastern Michigan

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    Nice! Congrats on completion. It's a nice feeling. There are a lot of good licks in the course so retaining them as part of your vocabulary will start your improvisation just right.

    Eric
     
  4. tommytubetone

    tommytubetone Portage, Michigan

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  5. OG_Blues

    OG_Blues Guitar Geezer

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    Well done! Very cleanly played!
     
  6. WimVD

    WimVD Every day I have the blues

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    Thanks, @Eblues, @Jalapeno , @tommytubetone and @OG_Blues.

    Being at the end of BGU, I am still wondering how to further grow my improvising skills.
    How do you make that part of your practice schedule?

    Wim.
     
  7. tommytubetone

    tommytubetone Portage, Michigan

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    You've got the chops to go to a blues jam. Playing with others is the best thing you can do. Other than that, put on some backing tracks and try to use what you've learned in the courses. Keep it up! (y):Beer:
     
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  8. jmin

    jmin San Francisco, CA

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    Congratulations WM! Great job on Solo 6 (and all the BGU solos!). Also, congrats on completing BGU! Good luck on CRGU. Looking forward to hearing more of your solos!
     
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  9. Jalapeno

    Jalapeno Southeastern Michigan

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    Take the licks you've learned and start to modify them. Put a 12 bar jam track on and play your solo as you've memorized it the first time through to get in the groove. The second pass modify the first lick in some way. Some of the modifications you can try:

    change the duration of one or more of the notes, making them longer or shorter
    change one or more of the pitches to a different note in the pentatonic
    change which beat the lick starts on and see if you can make it fit in the allotted space
    reverse the lick

    do that for a while

    then modify the second lick as above

    do that for a while

    see if you can modify the second lick to be the first lick and vice versa, then make those same modifications above

    by the time you've gone through all that for a few weeks or months you should have no problem improvising using the BGU solos as a basis for your own thing.

    Keep it up, practice practice practice. BGU is a gift if you only play what's there, it is a goldmine if you start to make it your own.

    Eric
     
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  10. WimVD

    WimVD Every day I have the blues

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    Thanks, Eric, for this excellent advice.

    It is true that, although I can play the solos, I don't "own" the licks yet. So I've started to follow your advice and to break down solo 1 and modify it a bit to transform it into a blues to play "on the porch" without backing track. I will go back to the other solos and experiment with them as well.

    Here is the modified solo 1: http://soundcloud.com/wim-van-damme-401299565/solo-1-on-the-porch
     
  11. Jalapeno

    Jalapeno Southeastern Michigan

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    Awesome! How does that feel? The more you do it the easier it becomes and in time you'll be the envy of the guitar forums as the master improvisor :Beer:

    There are no new ideas, just ideas made our own.

    Eric
     
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  12. Ivan

    Ivan Blues Newbie

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    Congrats on completing the course. That was a nice job on solo #6. Great touch and timing...right in the pocket throughout!
     
  13. WimVD

    WimVD Every day I have the blues

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    Thanks, Ivan.
     
  14. snarf

    snarf audiences like their blues singers to be miserable

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    Sounds really good! And be proud, you've done something a LOT of us haven't managed to do...actually finish one of the courses.
     
  15. WimVD

    WimVD Every day I have the blues

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    Thanks, Snarf. You have to finish what you start! So now I will have to finish CRGU .
     
  16. Many Moons

    Many Moons Biking+Blues=Bliss

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    Well Wim, you've done something I may never do......., finished a course.(y)(y) That was excellent playing all round. Congrats on finishing the course. Well done.
     
  17. WimVD

    WimVD Every day I have the blues

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    Thanks, Davy.
     
  18. gpower

    gpower Blues Junior

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    Very well done Wim!
     
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