In this video, George discusses an important aspect of building a jazz solo, which he calls, “playing motivically.” Playing motivically means that you build a motif around a combination of notes, expanding on different ways to play that combination of notes. George demonstrates this technique over the F blues.
- Most musicians if you watch them listening in a club,…when somebody plays something that's really great…and so beautifully executed, what they do,…they don't, it's not like this, they laugh.…And one thing that really makes me laugh…is hearing somebody do this well,…take something and turn it inside out…and surprise me every time with the variation…that they're coming up with.…There's a brilliant saxophone player named Lee Konitz…who made a real science of this.…
He could take an idea and just turn it inside out…for an entire chorus.…He played often with a pianist named Lennie Tristano…who also was a real scientist with this kind of…developing of even a simple theme.…Part of what we get when we do this motivic playing…is a nice, spacious quality to our soul.…And we have a wide open space between the lines…and if your first couple choruses are like this,…it's provides a really nice contrast…to when we get started playing more linearly,…and more of a line based flowing thing,…but the real test of ingenuity in a jazz musician…
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- Playing with both hands
- Basic jazz vocabulary
- Practicing pentatonics using approach patterns
- Combining bop scales, pentatonics, and approach patterns
- Adding guide tones
- Building a motif around a combination of notes