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Somebody in a previous thread talked about how he would spend a considerable amount of his practice time just singing solos before even thinking about picking up his guitar. This really got me thinking (and singing).
I attended a workshop last year where the instructor told a story. He interviewed George Benson for a jazz magazine and asked him: do you try to sing what you play or play what you sing.
Maybe this is old news to most of you but have a guess and then I’ll tell you his response.
One of my biggest stumbling blocks when improvising is that I have nothing to say. I know where I am on the neck, in the piece, got the arp, got the scale etc. Nothing musical comes out. I am the Salieri to Django’s Mozart.
I tried singing some of my favourite lines. It’s actually really difficult to hit all those pitches an a relatively simple lick. Then, if it’s a new lick, you then have to find it on the guitar.