Soloing Over Chord Changes

Learning the Art of soloing over changes.

Just like the walking bass line there are key components that make a solo sound and feel good.

What is it that makes a solo sound so good? 

  • Inspiration
  • Feel or groove
  • Melodic ideas
  • Phrasing
  • Quoting from the melody
  • Playing good time
  • Harmonic rhythm
  • Chord substitutions
  • Voice leading
  • Anticipating the harmony 
  • Melodic and rhythmic development
  • Structure

As you can see there’s many things that can be used to build a good solo and many of the options and decisions come down to the individual players experience.

Listen to as much music as you can, listening holds the key.

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