from Ukulele in the Dark
w/ Guido Heistek
Over the past few weeks we’ve been looking at using chord shapes and a fretboard chart to explore music theory: The notes in chords, the difference between major and minor chords and more. Today let’s apply what we learned to soloing. Please go back and review UD #12 & 13 if you find you can’t follow this week’s lesson.
What is soloing?
Soloing is playing a new melody over the chords of a song. When musicians perform a song together there is often a point in the song when the singer stops singing and someone takes a solo. Sometimes a solo is an improvised melody but often musicians compose their solos, at least partially.
Here’s a solo a simple solo that I composed over the chords to Trouble in Mind, a popular 8 bar blues song.
Here’s the tab too (click the image for printable version):
1) shifting the notes one fret down then back up
•In bar 1 I use the G and E notes from the C chord. I shift them down one fret then back up to the chord notes.
•In bar 4 I use the F and A notes from the F chord and I shift them down one fret then back up to the chord notes. Same technique in bar 2 and 5.
2) suspending notes
In bar 6 I use the F and D notes from a G7 but first I use two notes held over from the previous bar: G and E. These notes create a kind of tension that resolves to the F and D. This is called a suspension.
NOTE: The last two bars of a blues is called the TURNAROUND. For the turnaround of this song I’ve used a very common blues turnaround riff that works well over the progression C, F, C, G7 (I, IV, I, V)
1) Here’s the backing. Please practice playing the solo along with the backing. I play the form through twice. At the end I don’t go to the G7. I finish on the C in the last bar.
2) Please try to compose your own SOLO for Trouble in Mind using the ideas from this week’s lesson. HAVE FUN!
All for now,
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