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Feb 7, 2020 - 3:13:29 PM
65 posts since 9/5/2013

So you're playing to an audience, sang a verse of two, now it's time to rip off an instrumental solo. Seems to me that these are often played in the same sequence or progression of chords as the melody. But not the melody itself. Any good tips for figuring out a nice instrumental? Links discussing? Videos?

Feb 7, 2020 - 6:39:49 PM

3784 posts since 10/13/2005

I like to throw in a similar fiddle tune within a song as an instrumental break. When I sing "Bow Down" I throw Shove The Pig's foot Into the Fire about the middle of the song. Hunting The Buffalo is a good break for the song "Buffalo Skinner". Usually just do a single A and a single B part. Just an idea. banjered

Feb 7, 2020 - 6:58:09 PM
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Paul R

Canada

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Just from personal experience: A lot of songs are "gimme" tunes. For example, "My Dixie Darling" can be accompanied just as it's played on the break - with the melody. The accompaniment can, of course, be simplified, to let the break shine more. This fits a lot of songs ("I Saw a Man at the Close of Day", "Glendale Train", "I'll Fly Away"). It's possible to vary things by playing up or down the neck variations. You can embellish with more hammer-ons and pull-offs and other techniques.

Feb 7, 2020 - 10:31:18 PM
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Bill Rogers (Moderator)

USA

23221 posts since 6/25/2005

Unless you can fly away from the melody and find your way back, stick to playing the tune. Then you won’t wander off.

Feb 8, 2020 - 1:16:15 PM
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m06

England

8394 posts since 10/5/2006

Assuming you played a simplified pattern under your vocal part, the instrumental part is your opportunity to play the full melody. Vary it rhythmically and phrasally as you roll around the repeats.

I’d leave the intricate improv to the prog-rock tribute band.

Feb 9, 2020 - 5:35:01 PM
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4784 posts since 5/14/2007

My breaks are usually "banjoed-up" versions of the melody, often with variations or inserted licks taking the place of the tune for a measure or two. This is kinda the tradition and I don't feel compelled to wander too far from it.

Feb 10, 2020 - 4:59:10 AM
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carlb

USA

2054 posts since 12/16/2007

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Originally posted by dennism

So you're playing to an audience, sang a verse of two, now it's time to rip off an instrumental solo. Seems to me that these are often played in the same sequence or progression of chords as the melody. But not the melody itself. Any good tips for figuring out a nice instrumental? Links discussing? Videos?


I can only give you examples of what I do with the songs I've uploaded to BHO and that is to play the melody. The songs I do are not for improvisational breaks. Some were done for how to play the banjo for the song, rather then singing the entire song. Maybe some of these will give you ideas of what you can do, or maybe it's not what you're looking for at all.


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