The foundation of a good run or lick lies in the power of knowing your scales. There are about 6 different scales we consider in this DVD:
5.Whole Note Scale
There are, of course, more scales, but these are the major foundation scales in our type of urban music that we do. In the first DVD I attack this in three different strategic ways. First, I go over the scales in the instructional DVD with examples as I build a “story” of scales and how to take a simple groove and add soloing techniques. Second, I have taken the time to do what I call “Jamal’s Intimate Shed Session.” This is where I take time out to talk to beginners about soloing without the band, lights, and action. I take time out for the beginner to make sure you get it. Third, I have brought in our friend Ricky Draper from the Urban Worship Xtreme DVD to go over scales and
proper fingering as well. And of course, I have tons of documentation and resources about soloing on the CD ROM. This will jump-start you into soloing fast and you’ll have fun because I know you’ve been struggling with your soloing chops for a long time.
The next most important aspect other than scales is proper fingering. In my experience many different musicians use different fingering. I show you my method and what has worked for me, and then I also show you proper fingering techniques as well. The hard part about soloing is recognizing the crossover. The crossover is the point where you run out of fingers and you have to reset the solo. Remember, you have the MIDI and overhead keyboard shot so you can see my fingers. I show you all of that and more. And remember family: It’s ok to use the pause button.
Another problem you’ve been having is trying to figure out which runs go with what chords. Sometime when you play your chords they seem to sit out by themselves, because you may be having problems with what to do in your right hand. We start off easy, by showing you how to play chords with your left hand, to leave your right hand open for solos. Then we give you a methodology and a process to applying solos and licks to the chords that you play. The process is a combination of scale recognition, ear training, and mode recognition. You ever hear an experienced
musician just sit down at the organ or keyboard and just rip away with solos and licks for every chord he plays. Well, we will show you, not only how, but why the tricks work and how to do them.
This is probably the most requested DVD out of all of them. I can’t count the number of requests I get from people wanting to learn how to solo. This is why I, not only dedicated myself to this subject, but have produced two volumes to help you out. I start off with the basics and then move forward with advanced tricks. There are very few, if any, DVDs
For those of you who love jazz, funk, neo soul, and gospel then you will have an awesome time with this DVD. The entire premise of this DVD is to give you the most urban sound possible. We have added a a ton of neo-soul, jazz, funk, and gospel movements to this DVD to compliment the plethora of licks and tricks we show you. We have even gone so far as to show you the secrets to playing a moog, sine wave soloing, and sine wave R&B chording.
By default, you get tons of grooves with this DVD, because in order to demonstrate the soloing aspect, you have to have a tight groove to facilitate the soloing. So, indirectly, not only do you get a DVD packed with soloing, but also you get a ton of new jazz, neo-soul, and funk grooves to use for after service or during offering.
Not only is this DVD full of soloing techniques as it relates to scales, but I also show you a ton of tricks. Tricks are little nuances and shortcuts to really make your playing sound unique. I have a trick that I call camouflage, where you would do a specific lick really low volume to create an ear trick. I have various tricks as it relates to the modulation wheel with soloing and synth
horn tricks. You’ll love the section on shouting music, where I
expose all of the popular shouting tricks as well. Finally, I also expose many of the popular R&B soloing tricks as it relates to the lead, and sine-wave soloing in mono and poly modes.
The DVD has a good structure, yet I left room open to be spontaneous. Have you ever looked over a musician’s shoulders to see the chords then ask him to do something over and he says he can’t. Well there is some truth to that! Sometime the inspiration hits you so much that you have no clue what you just played. Well, I tried to capture that, “Do that
Again!” affect by shedding along with my teaching. Remember the Byron Chambers shed session we did.? Well, this DVD is that same type of stuff. Take the Byron Chambers shed session. Mix it with the Urban Worship Xtreme and you have Urban Soloing Techniques Volume 1 and 2.
To top everything off, we do a whole hour dedicated to shouting tricks and licks in Ab. We basically turn the camera on and shout away as we take time to show you every single lick we do. We did our best to show you all of the shouting standards that you need and hear all the time, while at the same time giving you some pretty cool shouting “remixes.” Even neo soul shouting tricks are on this.
We put a tone of work into these videos and as always, there are special treasures on the documentation CD with a bunch of extra lessons, audio files, and fun stuff.