JAZZ CHORD SOLOING
Thank you so much for your recent lesson on soloing with jazz chords. It’s something I’ve looked at for years in total wonder, believing it’s some mystical art or particular genius on the part of a select band of players. I suppose I should have realised that there are ‘ways and means’ of cracking the code. And while I wouldn’t pretend to have nailed the entire process, the door has certainly been opened and I’m already making headway. I never, ever thought I’d have the wherewithal to think on my feet enough to solo using chords – I even struggled with 3rds before – but Milton Mermikides’ explanation and examples have made me realise these things can be done in manageable stages. Okay, I’m still at stage one, but before this I never thought I could even get to this point! Thanks, GT!
That’s always been a mystery to me, too, Frank (in fact I said so in my editorial that month). But as Milton explained, it’s a case of understanding the theory attached to chord soloing – knowledge of inversions and intervals, the CAGED system and so on. And while the genius of a Joe Pass or a Martin Taylor cannot simply be taught, the elements that they are using to apply their genius most certainly can. Glad you enjoyed it, and we are most happy to have Dr Mermikides on hand to supply such erudite and rewarding lessons.