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Big Road Blues Discussion Forums 2010-11-05T13:20:25+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/feed.php?f=11&t=9885 2010-11-05T13:20:25+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=9885&p=107670#p107670 <![CDATA[Re: 3 / 4 / 5 octave runs - advice needed]]> Statistics: Posted by cobra1365 — Fri Nov 05, 2010 1:20 pm


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2009-07-01T13:33:14+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=9885&p=96358#p96358 <![CDATA[Re: 3 / 4 / 5 octave runs - advice needed]]>
Its been a few weeks since I posted and I have had more time to bed in with the band, a few of my own observations to back up your much appreciated advice

1) at first I was concious of sounding good / wanting to impress and it seems I was thinking (it has been known to happen) too much !
I have found that if I go with the flow or what I hear it sounds better.
2) a variation on the above - i realised that the fills I was playing during verses sounded great - but as soon as my 16 bar solos came up the feel dissapeared -
I realised I was trying to fill up the whole 16 bars with notes ( its a solo I have to be playing all the time ) - I now leave more space
3) I have a habit of over complicating things - if it sounds great I automatically think it must be diffcult to play.
4) I try to mix standard blues riffs with melody notes and rhythms from the song - otherwise all solos sound the same.
5) Once I had learnt the song structure and started to follow what I was hearing - my fingers started to get a life of their own - playing notes / riffs that
I never would have "chosen" - which has now led me to trust my ears more instead of continually learning riffs - with some nice results.

I am surprised how much my playing has come on by just joining a band and having a go.

So to summarise - have a go, make mistakes, persevere, play with others often, be astounded ! (my new sign off me thinks !)

Statistics: Posted by Keyedd — Wed Jul 01, 2009 1:33 pm


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2009-06-19T17:26:26+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=9885&p=96003#p96003 <![CDATA[Re: 3 / 4 / 5 octave runs - advice needed]]> Statistics: Posted by Ed Boyd — Fri Jun 19, 2009 5:26 pm


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2009-06-19T16:00:45+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=9885&p=95997#p95997 <![CDATA[Re: 3 / 4 / 5 octave runs - advice needed]]>
jbyrd88

Statistics: Posted by Jbyrd 88 — Fri Jun 19, 2009 4:00 pm


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2009-06-18T23:12:00+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=9885&p=95980#p95980 <![CDATA[Re: 3 / 4 / 5 octave runs - advice needed]]>
A good way to achieve those octave runs is to practice your scales for 4 octaves either both hands or just your right hand-ascending and decending. I used to be stuck around just one or two octaves when improvising, but then, I tried to conciously move to other adjacent octaves and kept those scale runs up and down crossing at least 2-3 octaves.


Also, play some of the standard riffs an octave or two higher and than what is written and run back up or down as you please. Thirdly, think or a melody in your head and try to play that melody and you'll find the fingers will want to follow your heart!!! :D Just adjust them to your own technique!

cheers
multi

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2009-06-18T13:27:38+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=9885&p=95952#p95952 <![CDATA[Re: 3 / 4 / 5 octave runs - advice needed]]>
Also it depends on whether you are playing alone or with a group. A group of five playing very simple and very tight --sounds very complex. A group of five playing complex-- sounds like a swarm of locusts.

Gotta Go Practice
jbyrd88

Statistics: Posted by Jbyrd 88 — Thu Jun 18, 2009 1:27 pm


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2009-06-17T19:45:21+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=9885&p=95927#p95927 <![CDATA[Re: 3 / 4 / 5 octave runs - advice needed]]>
Playing octaves is another story. There you need to develop fast accuracy in your scales. Perfect practice makes perfect. :D

Have fun.

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2009-06-17T17:20:55+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=9885&p=95923#p95923 <![CDATA[Re: 3 / 4 / 5 octave runs - advice needed]]>
Just My Two Cents
jbyrd88

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2009-05-20T12:04:22+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=9885&p=94941#p94941 <![CDATA[3 / 4 / 5 octave runs - advice needed]]>
I have been messing about with the blues for a number of years from the safety of my bedroom. A few weeks ago I bit the bullet and joined a local
blues band. I have learnt my blues scales and can improvise riffs / runs over an octave or two but my fingers get tied up if I try to go 2 octaves plus.

Can anyone guide me to, or suggest exercises for extended runs ? All the books / websites I have been to seem to concentrate on 1 or 2 octaves.

Thanks

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