Solo of the Month (SotM) #38 - Chat

stratman3142stratman3142 Frets: 724
edited July 13 in Making Music
This is the 38th solo of the Month (SotM) Challenge.

The challenge is now open, and remains open for submissions until 11:30pm on 24th July 2018.

Here's this month's backing track (you can download it from soundcloud). Record your solo over the top of it and then submit it (ideally in mp3 format) to solos@theFB.co.uk
Also, feel free to comment on how you approached the solo, which will add a bit more interest and maybe we can learn something from each other.

https://soundcloud.com/thefretboard/sotm38-2018-07-jazzabilly


Discussion: An attempt at a jazz/rockability track this month
Tempo 202bpm swing feel

Chords
E9  A13  E9  A13  E9  A13  G9  F#7#9
E9  A13  E9  A13  E9  A13  G9  F#7#9  G9  F#7#9   E9

The backing track has 6dB of headroom to add your solos. Add your solo and (as a guideline) try to avoid boosting the overall level beyond that if possible. That way the entries should be at roughly the same level and we won't get into loudness wars.


Voting will start soon after the submission deadline of 24th July 2018, with each voter selecting their 1st, 2nd and 3rd choice.
First choice gets 5 points - Second choice gets 3 points - Third choice gets 1 point
Voting will end on 11.30pm 31st July 2018
The order and scores of the top three entries will be announced soon after the voting ends. If there are 8 or more entries, then the order and scores of those in the top half will be announced.

No prizes. It's just for fun.


As people submit their entries, I'll post them below to hopefully promote some discussion on approaches used for the solo:

https://soundcloud.com/thefretboard/sets/sotm38-2018-07

It's not a competition.
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  • stratman3142stratman3142 Frets: 724
    edited June 24
    I'm starting the challenges early this time because I'm not sure what my internet connection is going to be like over the next two weeks.

    It's not a competition.
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  • stratman3142stratman3142 Frets: 724
    Just a reminder that the July challenge is open.
    It's not a competition.
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  • poopotpoopot Frets: 998
    Sent one in
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  • stratman3142stratman3142 Frets: 724
    Just a reminder that the July challenge is open.
    That's the first one. I'll create a playlist when there's another entry.

    It's not a competition.
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  • BellycasterBellycaster Frets: 2348
    Sent in.
    I like Welsh people!
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  • stratman3142stratman3142 Frets: 724
    Sent in.

    That makes two entries, which are now in the playlist in the original post.

    It's not a competition.
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  • flying_pieflying_pie Frets: 394
    edited July 17
    Sent.

    That was fun but so far out my comfort zone. As far as approach I went with some rockabilly double stops played by ear and based the rest around E major with chord tones, esp on the Hendrix chord bit. I decided to keep a couple of scrappy chromatic improv sections for the hell of it, especially at the end. 
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  • stratman3142stratman3142 Frets: 724
    Sent.


    Added to playlist. 3 entries so far.

    It's not a competition.
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  • DulcetJonesDulcetJones Frets: 388
    Afraid I'll be MIA for this month, cramming for a "sudden" gig next month with a new band that decided that I should open at the gig playing a set of solo fingerstyle songs I haven't played for over ten years.    On top of getting the band material ready(some original, some covers), this gig will mark my first time playing banjo on stage, just for 3 songs but hey.  Overall, this is the kind of problem I like.

    Whoever called it "rush hour" should not be allowed to name anything else.

    Dulcet Jones Creepy Music Blog http://dulcetjones.blogspot.com/

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  • stratman3142stratman3142 Frets: 724
    Afraid I'll be MIA for this month, cramming for a "sudden" gig next month with a new band that decided that I should open at the gig playing a set of solo fingerstyle songs I haven't played for over ten years.    On top of getting the band material ready(some original, some covers), this gig will mark my first time playing banjo on stage, just for 3 songs but hey.  Overall, this is the kind of problem I like.

    Good luck with the gig.

    It's not a competition.
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  • stratman3142stratman3142 Frets: 724
    Done mine.

    4 entries in the playlist.

    It's not a competition.
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  • flying_pieflying_pie Frets: 394
    Afraid I'll be MIA for this month, cramming for a "sudden" gig next month with a new band that decided that I should open at the gig playing a set of solo fingerstyle songs I haven't played for over ten years.    On top of getting the band material ready(some original, some covers), this gig will mark my first time playing banjo on stage, just for 3 songs but hey.  Overall, this is the kind of problem I like.
    Good luck 
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  • stratman3142stratman3142 Frets: 724
    Last weekend before entry closes at 11:30pm on 24th July 2018.

    4 entries so far. It would be good to get some more.
    It's not a competition.
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  • fastonebazfastonebaz Frets: 151
    I tried but failed to produce anything worthy.  Maybe a slower version would be great next time.   Thinking "Still got the blues..." territory :)
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  • stratman3142stratman3142 Frets: 724
    I tried but failed to produce anything worthy.  Maybe a slower version would be great next time.   Thinking "Still got the blues..." territory :)

    OK, I'll try to arrange that for the next one. I'm very open to anyone's suggestions for styles for the backing tracks. Especially if it encourages more entries.

    It's not a competition.
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  • stratman3142stratman3142 Frets: 724
    I tried but failed to produce anything worthy.  Maybe a slower version would be great next time.   Thinking "Still got the blues..." territory :)

    I happen to have a backing track that bears some resemblance to The Thrill Is Gone. Would that work for you?

    It's not a competition.
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  • fastonebazfastonebaz Frets: 151
    Ooh  that sounds good.
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  • flying_pieflying_pie Frets: 394
    stratman3142 said:

    I'm very open to anyone's suggestions for styles for the backing tracks. Especially if it encourages more entries.


    I'll give anything a try. The same goes for guitar solo challenges... 

    I'm also happy to help out with backing tracks if you want
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  • flying_pieflying_pie Frets: 394
    stratman3142 said:

    I'm very open to anyone's suggestions for styles for the backing tracks. Especially if it encourages more entries.


    I'll give anything a try. The same goes for guitar solo challenges... 

    I'm also happy to help out with backing tracks if you want
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