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 #139862  by TruckinThruTennessee
 Sat Jun 14, 2014 10:45 am
How do you guys do the solo for this Sing Me Back Home? I'm listening to Europe '72 volume 2 and sunshine daydream. I love how emotional this solo is and I'm wondering how you play it?

Thanks,
TruckinThruTennessee
 #139869  by Lephty
 Sun Jun 15, 2014 7:56 am
LOVE this song. Sounds to me like Jerry has the melody of the song in his head (which he usually did), starting each phrase with the melody or something close to it, but straying away from it toward the end of the phrases. So IMO the first thing to do is get the melody down, then find small ways to embellish it. Or, another way to look at it is to take the rhythmic phrasing of the melody, but change the notes (if that makes any sense). The way the chord progression moves, it seems to me that you can't really just noodle around within a scale if you want the solo to sound "right."

I suppose you could say that's the key to a lot of Jerry's solos...start with the melody. Sounds obvious when you say it out loud.
 #139905  by TruckinThruTennessee
 Mon Jun 16, 2014 2:44 pm
Lephty wrote:LOVE this song. Sounds to me like Jerry has the melody of the song in his head (which he usually did), starting each phrase with the melody or something close to it, but straying away from it toward the end of the phrases. So IMO the first thing to do is get the melody down, then find small ways to embellish it. Or, another way to look at it is to take the rhythmic phrasing of the melody, but change the notes (if that makes any sense). The way the chord progression moves, it seems to me that you can't really just noodle around within a scale if you want the solo to sound "right."

I suppose you could say that's the key to a lot of Jerry's solos...start with the melody. Sounds obvious when you say it out loud.
Thanks for the reply, I have the melody down and I'm starting to get it down, those bends just add an emotional sound to the whole thing and it almost reminds me of a David Gilmour solo.