Tell me if this scenario sounds familiar:
You walk into a jam session ready to play a tune that you’ve been sounding great on. As the band finishes up a set you gather up your courage, walk up to the stage, and call this tune you’ve been working on memorizing all week. But at the last second someone suddenly jumps in and suggests a new tune.
All of the sudden you’re up there on the spot with the audience staring at you and this tune that you don’t even know is being counted off.
What key is it in? What is the chord progression? I don’t even know the melody…
You try to play by ear, you try to find a guide tone line, you try desperately to fake it, but nothing works. You go down in flames.
This is bound to happen to every musician at some point because in truth, no one knows every tune. At one point or another, if you’re pushing yourself to get out there and play, you’ll find yourself in a situation just like the one above.
You might be getting together with friends to play some standards and a tune will come up that you don’t know, or you may find yourself in a rehearsal and suddenly you have to solo on a tune in a weird key or chord progression.
In these situations, you’re on the spot and you have to perform something that you’re not comfortable with or worse, totally inexperienced … Read More