Joined: 22 May 2007 Posts: 1941 Location: Amador County, CA
Posted: Thu Nov 09, 2017 5:37 pm Post subject:
I love this topic. One of the things I made a mistake early was doing too much during solos. You have a full complement of chord instruments so that there is harmony support during solos. If you didn't, we would have a different discussion. I have a fluctuating support cast as people are often not available or stuff come up, so we have to be flexible.
Anyway. so for you during solos you can have a choice. Horns do nothing or horns do something. Something can be opposing lines. Soloist goes up. other horn goes down. Soloist plays at phrase and pauses, other horn plays the same phrase and supports. Think echo. This works so well. Now think about what this can do. For example, cornet plays a melodic variation. trombone echoes the phrase and clarinet works the melodic line in the opposite direction. Bass is walking or in your case, the tuba works that. You are blessed with all those instruments to work with.
Now, imagine everyone doing collective improvisation. It can be bliss. Or hell. Try it. See what happens. I'm excited for you.
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Joined: 23 Mar 2003 Posts: 4491 Location: Texas, by way of Germany and Hawai'i
Posted: Thu Nov 09, 2017 6:37 pm Post subject:
Pick a trad band and emulate what they do until it becomes second nature and then move on to another. Gradually your own take - based on what you heard before - will creep in. Just keep in mind that that kind of music, maybe even more than others, is an aural art. Listen and emulate - by ear - voraciously. _________________ "If you don't live it, it won't come out of your horn." Charlie Parker
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There are related videos too, like "The role of Trumpet in early jazz bands," "How to play New Orleans style clarinet," "Introduction to improvising on the blues," "Exploring New Orleans jazz," "Melodic trumpet endings in New Orleans jazz," to name a few.
They're only 3 to 10 minutes long each—just enough to jump in the shallow end of the pool—and they assume the viewer is just starting out. Maybe your gang would enjoy watching these to pick up a few tips. _________________ Bb Yamaha Xeno 8335IIS
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