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#2888599 - 11/04/17 03:34 PM Phrasing and the importance of that in soloing
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I never have thought of phrasing in my solo's until I learned how by doing. I never intended to "phrase" a passage until long after I knew how by long years of practicing. It is only after folks told me I played too many notes, and never left a moment of silence between notes in my solo's that I began to change my thinking. Once I heard that a few times from studied musicians, as well as music listeners, I got the message, and began inserting silences, pauses and sustains in my solo's. Once I did that consciously, I began to remember things my teachers told me back in the day, things like "musical flavors", & having a dialog with the backing track or the other musicians and what they are doing at the moment. Thinking of my single note lines as a conversation with the other things going on in the band or song. All of a sudden it came to me, the importance of conscious phrasing, and this only happened recently (after 45+ years of playing). Some folks take a little longer, I guess I am one of those.....
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#2888608 - 11/04/17 05:01 PM Re: Phrasing and the importance of that in soloing [Re: desertbluesman]
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My experience was/is almost the opposite - I had 6 years of trumpet playing behind me (and was still playing) when I got a guitar for Xmas '79. I had to learn the concept and art of spinning out long uninterrupted lines.
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#2888656 - 11/05/17 05:25 AM Re: Phrasing and the importance of that in soloing [Re: hurricane hugo]
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You've probably seen my comment about "too many notes" elsewhere by now... wink
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#2888664 - 11/05/17 06:48 AM Re: Phrasing and the importance of that in soloing [Re: whitefang]
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The importance of Phrasing came to me early on with my chord work and with my vocals. I play mostly rhythm guitar as my backing instrument for the songs I like to sing. Even after all these years I have not given the proper amount of attention to phrasing in my soloing as I don't get to solo all that much these days unless I get together with my buds for a jam or two. Listening to players like Joe Pass will put some phrasing in my mind and I do intend to work on it some day.

We all tend to want to play fast licks as it's impressive when we watch others glide up and down the fret board with ease. But plus 1,000 on appreciating the rests (spaces between the notes)as being just as important as the notes themselves. Funny, as we get older we stop to smell the roses more and appreciate techniques like phrasing. I get more into it when playing my nylon acoustics with a Latin vibe...

I do get into phrasing in my scale work and promise to work on it more one of these days LOL! Thanks for the reminder DBM! It's always a great thing to listen to those that give feedback on your solo playing, chording, singing, volume, tone, equipment, and oh yeah: phrasing! thu
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#2888666 - 11/05/17 07:24 AM Re: Phrasing and the importance of that in soloing [Re: desertbluesman]
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I`ve always been aware of it, enough to know when I`m throwing it out the window. I think there`s phrasing and there`s expressing-if I`m wound up, pissed off or just `in a mood`, that`s going to come through in what I play. I think it should, unless I`m doing a note by note rendition. I`m not going to articulate every word like a book if my world is falling apart.
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#2888777 - 11/06/17 07:22 AM Re: Phrasing and the importance of that in soloing [Re: desertbluesman]
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My first Jazz teacher advised me, "Play your solo like a horn player plays or a vocalist sings. Take breaths." He also told me, "your solo should have a beginning, a middle and an end".

Charlie (Bird) Parker once said, "I realized that I could play any notes I wanted, as long as I resolved to a chord tone". IMO, this is a valuable improvisational concept.
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#2888834 - 11/06/17 01:55 PM Re: Phrasing and the importance of that in soloing [Re: Fred_C]
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Phrasing's not just a matter of number of notes, though.
There's vibrato & it's depth & placement (DBM is a master at that !); accelerations & ritards, along w/ other syncopations; expressive variations on standard or well-know lines & much more ....
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#2888861 - 11/06/17 04:33 PM Re: Phrasing and the importance of that in soloing [Re: d]
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Originally Posted By: d
Phrasing's not just a matter of number of notes, though.
There's vibrato & it's depth & placement (DBM is a master at that !); accelerations & ritards, along w/ other syncopations; expressive variations on standard or well-know lines & much more ....


Thanks for the nice words, I would certainly like to be a master of my instrument, I keep on trying. Some days it comes out decent, some days it comes out less than satisfactory (at least to my ears).
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#2888974 - 11/07/17 08:08 AM Re: Phrasing and the importance of that in soloing [Re: desertbluesman]
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I once got a great compliment from someone who'd heard one of my performances, and enjoyed it, without seeing the video. The guy said, "He can't be a Guitarist! He knows how to leave space between the notes!"
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#2888979 - 11/07/17 08:27 AM Re: Phrasing and the importance of that in soloing [Re: Winston Psmith]
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It IS true that guitarists tend to play run-on phrases.... unlike horn players, who have to stop and BREATHE once in a while.
Unless they do the circular breathing thing.
I have to remind myself sometimes to stop the phrase. Long lines can be great at times, but not ALWAYS.....

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#2889088 - 11/08/17 01:16 AM Re: Phrasing and the importance of that in soloing [Re: Eric Iverson]
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I don`t know-I`m seeing a lot of chat about technique. I still say, that phrasing comes from expressing a mood, making a statement-having something to SAY when one plays. Technique by itself can be masterful, and still sound empty-impressive but forgettable as soon as it finishes.
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#2889136 - 11/08/17 09:08 AM Re: Phrasing and the importance of that in soloing [Re: skipclone 1]
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In the definition of technique, I also find synonyms like strategy, practice, method, artistry, delivery, etc. So I think of phrasing as a tool to have in the toolbox to help us express ourselves. Timing is important too. Playing from the heart is a strategy I try to keep in mind. I agree that expression plays a major role in our playing. cool
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#2889198 - 11/08/17 01:50 PM Re: Phrasing and the importance of that in soloing [Re: Larryz]
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There is a lot going into any effort by a practiced musician like phrasing, I think there are many factors in anyone's musical efforts. I was heavy into technique, playing lost of notes, all clean as a whistle. Nowadays I just play what comes to me going from sound to sound without too much thinking. I try to stay in scale or at least in key if I stray into a full scale from pentatonic. These days it is a struggle to keep the lack of feeling in my hands (neuropathy) from limiting my playing. I am thinking of seeing a neurologist, I hear they have some not too dangerous medications that may help.
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#2889223 - 11/08/17 03:24 PM Re: Phrasing and the importance of that in soloing [Re: skipclone 1]
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Originally Posted By: skipclone 1
I don`t know-I`m seeing a lot of chat about technique. I still say, that phrasing comes from expressing a mood, making a statement-having something to SAY when one plays. Technique by itself can be masterful, and still sound empty-impressive but forgettable as soon as it finishes.


I wonder if there's some value in doing something such as considering a verbal phrase & making that into a musical phrase....same # of notes & all (or maybe melismas), just non verbal....
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#2889274 - 11/08/17 08:24 PM Re: Phrasing and the importance of that in soloing [Re: desertbluesman]
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Originally Posted By: desertbluesman
These days it is a struggle to keep the lack of feeling in my hands (neuropathy) from limiting my playing. I am thinking of seeing a neurologist, I hear they have some not too dangerous medications that may help.


Good luck DBM! I too have trouble with pain my hands that comes and goes. It can really make playing a little more difficult. It helps me a lot if I remember to take a break every hour... cool
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#2889297 - 11/09/17 04:11 AM Re: Phrasing and the importance of that in soloing [Re: Larryz]
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To wander a bit but address DBM on medicines.....

My wife(who suffered peripheral neuropathy) found that NEURONTIN helped, at least for a while. Some docs offer LYRICA for that infliction, but my wife felt that it made her feel "loopy". But you may have to try either to see what works for YOU. And best of luck to you in finding a remedy and relief.
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#2889364 - 11/09/17 11:52 AM Re: Phrasing and the importance of that in soloing [Re: whitefang]
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Originally Posted By: whitefang
To wander a bit but address DBM on medicines.....

My wife(who suffered peripheral neuropathy) found that NEURONTIN helped, at least for a while. Some docs offer LYRICA for that infliction, but my wife felt that it made her feel "loopy". But you may have to try either to see what works for YOU. And best of luck to you in finding a remedy and relief.
Whitefang


Thanks for the heads up Fang. I searched those and am thinking something other, that I can find as a supplement non prescription item, those both carry serious warnings.
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#2889508 - 11/10/17 06:24 AM Re: Phrasing and the importance of that in soloing [Re: d]
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Well look at it this way-my friend walks into the room and says, "I just won the lottery!"
I say, "Wow, great!"
My friend walks into the room and says, "I just won the lottery!"
I say, "Wow. Great."
They are the same verbal phrase.
Musically, `tone` is a never-ending quest for perfection.
In writing, `tone` is only perfect for the content. Screaming, growling, whispering, whining and crooning are all perfect, at the right time. The content determines the right tone. What are you really trying to say? I think there`s value there for music as well.
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