An impromptu question in class led to most of our discussion last night - We've heard Joe and Cornell Dupree do instrumental versions of I Ain't Got You now; how should a player think about converting a vocal tune into an instrumental? And in particular, is there such a thing as too much repetition of a melody like the vocal melody in I Ain't Got You?
A good discussion ensued and Joe and Shoji both agreed melody is king and repetition is good. Play the melody well; allow for tiny color and tonal variations in it, and then remember the solo section allows for looser play.
Shoji demonstrated with an off-the-cuff guitar version and we'll look into this topic more next week with a couple examples.
- Next week is the last class of the session. Be sure to sign up now for the next eight weeks.
- Blues Fest! Get out and see how the pros do it!