Play Rest Collaboration Solo

by Pedja Simovic

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  • Hello GMC!

    Welcome to my new lesson. Today we are covering another in class type collaboration solo.

    This time we are focusing on one very important thing when soloing - resting. Just like when we speak, we need to take brakes and pauses so our ideas can get across better and so that listeners can absorb all the information we say. The same concept applies to music except Guitar players unlike brass or woodwind players tend to always overplay things. smile.gif The reason for this is simply because we don't blow into an instrument but rather play with our hands which means we can breath 24/7 at our own pace and shred while they need to stop playing in order to catch some air !

    To read more about this collaboration, go HERE

    Here are couple of things regarding backing track and soloing:

    Backing track is at 135bpm and we are in standard 4/4 time signature. I choose G minor as main key center (G natural minor or Aeolian mode if you will).

    Chord progression is following :

    // G min add9/ G min add9/ Eb maj add9/Eb maj add9/
    /G min add9/ G min add9/ Eb maj add9/Eb maj add9/
    / C min / C min / F / F D /
    / G min add9/ G min add9/ Eb maj add9/Eb maj add9/
    / G min add9/ G min add9/ Eb maj add9/D //

    Wherever you see D chord, you should use G harmonic minor scale 5th mode - D phrygian dominant. I also encourage you to use arpeggios or play chord tones. Most important thing is to make music with this concept so it might be very challenging and new to some of you. I hope we will be able to go trough this one very well, as it will set up very strong foundation for improvising and all the concepts you later want to apply.

    For this solo I used my custom built guitar, going trought POD X3 Live into Nuendo. Effect I used was customized, so if you like it I can send it to you or give you the settings !

    Play rest collaboration will teach you how to create logical phrases, learn where to start and stop your soloing and finally get your ideas more across to the audience.

    I strongly recommend you watch my spoken video (Video 1) as I go more in depth regarding importance of this concept. If you plan to use this lesson for REC just let me know, I will be happy to send you backing track for it.

    I look forward to your responses about this one and feel free to ask any questions.

    Have fun with this solo and see you in my next lesson!


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