BRETT GARSED solos over... Flight Or Fight
Brett continues this soloing masterclass series by explaining his approach to an extremely tricky track by GT’s Jason Sidwell.
I’m far from an expert on this subject but very early on in my playing life an older, more experienced musician told me that I needed to follow the chords while I was soloing. I took this on board and began paying attention to even the simplest, diatonic chord progressions making sure I was marking the changes in a melodic sense. I guess as my initial band was a trio I had to make up for the fact that the chords vanished when I began playing single notes.For difficult chord progressions I’ll begin by looking at the connections I can make in terms of common tones and scale choices. I keep my scale choice fairly limited so I can focus on being musical and not bogging my brain down with too many options. As I become more comfortable with the chord progression I’ll consider other choices but it’s good to start simple in terms of the language and put most of the energy into phrasing and melody. It’s an ongoing process for me and I’m only scratching the surface compared to the great improvisers we all listen to, but at least I’ll never run out of stuff to work on!
Brett Garsed will astound you with an amazing solo