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.

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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

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