Example7 Blues clichés with sidesteps
Sidestepping is a device that creates a sense of consonance, tension, then resolution, achieved by moving either up or down in the middle of a phrase and then back again while keeping the phrase’s general shape intact. Here Oz employs both ascending and descending variations within a pair of conventional and completely inside diatonic blues phrases. The master of this technique is Herbie Hancock, although Noy is obviously no slouch either. Once you get the general idea try this with any phrase that you regularly use, to breathe new life into your soloing vocabulary.