Hey Willis, I was wondering if you always play what you hear because it’s realiy difficult when you have to play like a fast standard like Moment’s Notice or something. The Chords change so fast it’s difficult to maintain your cool and to play what you hear when it changes all the time. Do you have any tips for me ? stuff you did or solo’s i should transcribe to make melodic lines, to get it into my system so after a while i will start hearing more and faster.
Greetings from Belgium !
The bad news is that to distill all of the work that goes into internalizing all these visual/geometry elements as well as associating your vocabulary and imagination with these elements as well – doesn’t translate to any kind of condensed “tip” that I can pass along.
I suppose the best place to start is take 2 different chords (Bbmi7 and Gbmi7 for example) – 2 bars each. A simple bossa nova groove will do. Isolate a part of the neck – say from the 12th to the 17th fret. Now start with a 2 or 3 note idea – observing its geometry. Then observe the geometry necessary to adapt that idea to the next chord. You’ll probably notice that sometimes you hear the answer but can’t find it – stop and find it. Sometimes you’ll find yourself gravitating to the correct notes of an idea without hearing it in advance. These are the first steps that I would recommend to start creating and editing your own vocabulary. Eventually you’ll start seeing “more and faster” as well as hearing “more and faster”.