Salsa Soloing

by Andre Nieri

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  • Hi GMC!

    This lesson will cover improvisation/soloing over a Salsa backing track.
    Salsa is a latin music, afro percussion-based style, pretty common among jazz musicians too (Dizzy Gillespie, Paquito D'Rivera etc).

    To improvise over a backing track like this, you'll need to use some syncopated phrases and not overplay (shred, for say).
    Rhythm, intelligent use of repetitions and spaces (breathing) are a lot more important here.

    The scales and arpeggios are much the same as used in jazz - so, no surprises.
    I'll list the note choices of each session so that you get a lot more comfortable.

    I hope you enjoy my solo and get good personal ideas out of it!

    Tuning: Standard

    Tempo: 128 bpm

    Main Key: Gm

    Chord Progression: | Gm7 C7 | Am7 D7 |

    Gear used:
    - Gibson Les Paul Standard (with Seymour Duncans - '59 in the bridge, Jazz in the neck)
    - Marshall DSL 100
    - Carvin Steve Vai CelestionV30 cabinet
    - Santo Angelo Fusion Cable
    - Apogee Duet 2
    - Logic Pro 9
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