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by galactic
(2 posts)
10 years ago

Scales for soloing

well my school is doing the musical grease next week, and whne the other tenor sax does his solo in the song Born to Hand Jive, it drives me mental. It stays within the chords but it really bugs me. Do you think using a blues scale would work better than using chords in like a B7 etc, or a major scale?

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  1. by tenor562
    (297 posts)

    10 years ago

    Re: Scales for soloing

    It depends on the style of music, but I usually use a little of both, mostly using the blues scale. You get a different sound with the different chords, and its appropriate, the blues scale usually sounds a lot better. -tenor562

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    1. by Tully
      (49 posts)

      10 years ago

      Re: Scales for soloing

      The key to sounding good with the blues scale is to use it sparingly, but at key moments. When I hear people using nothing but the blues scale for more than a few bars, it takes me back to junior high jazz band, although I don't mean it's a bad thing. Like I said, it's all about using it well.

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      1. by barimachine
        (323 posts)

        10 years ago

        Re: Scales for soloing

        yea for something like that its probably more than ok and prefered why 1. its a real bluesy song 2. the solo is probably short 3. the audience will just think O thats good because they dont know anybetter i would go with the blues scale

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        1. by Tully
          (49 posts)

          10 years ago

          Re: Scales for soloing

          Yeah, barimachine made some good points. A growl or two might be a nice effect, as well.

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