BRETT GARSED solos over... The Maple River
Brett ventures into Larry Carlton territory with a tasteful, soul-filled blues solo over Jason’s track The Maple River. Jon Bishop is your guide.
Brett continues this soloing masterclass series by explaining his fabulous improvised interpretation of another Jason Sidwell tune.
This month provides a chance to relax and kick back somewhat, with one of Brett’s most accessible solos to date. The medium, 110bpm tempo of Jason’s backing track allows for a sparser than usual approach, with simple yet effective and ‘hooky’ melodies being introduced.
As Brett explains in the video, the baritone guitar Jason used to record the backing track allows for lush sounding B 6/9 and Esus2 chords to be produced.
Nearly all of the chords in the verse section are diatonic to the key of B, so B Major scale (B-C#-D#-E-F#-G#-A#) is the safe and sensible kicking off point. For a bluesier or soulier edge, B Major scale can be simplified to B Major Pentatonic (B-C#-D#-F#-G#). There is just one bar that will need special attention; bar 30 features chords from outside our B major key (G major 7 and D major 7). Brett skilfully navigates these by playing D Major scale (D-E-F#-G-A-B-C#). This implies a lovely G Lydian sound over the G major 7, which is the perfect choice for a non-diatonic major 7 chord.
The middle section moves to the key of A major and features the I, IV and V chords (A, Dadd9 and Eadd9). The scale of choice for this section is, not surprisingly, A Major (A-B-C#-D-E-F#-G#).
To help you to create your own solo we have written out fingerings for our B Major, D Major and A Major scales in one position so they can be easily linked without having to jump all over the neck.
As you’d expect from Brett, in addition to these scales he includes chord tones and arpeggios too. Selecting notes that belong to the chord over which you are soloing is a surefire way to melodically outline the harmony. To spice things up, chromatic notes link phrases and add colour.
We have opted for the B Major key signature so you can clearly see when notes from outside B Major scale are being used.
The guitarist that Brett draws on for inspiration here is Larry Carlton. Larry has a sophisticated and laid-back approach and this is reflected in Brett’s phrasing.
Once you have mastered some
of the concepts in Brett’s solo, why not try creating one of your own over the very same backing track.
Brett signs off with great advice: “Don’t overthink it. Listen to those beautiful chords and just try to play some soulful melodies”. As ever with Brett, there’s also a challenge to let us hear a version of your own solo, so get recording and post up your version. Good luck, have fun and I’ll see you next time.
NEXT MONTH Brett takes another great solo, this time over another of Jason’s tracks, Big Up!
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