These days, I am getting lots of questions from my dear students about how to perform atonal soloing. It's a great question, but also not easy to explain in a few words.
Today, I recorded something to help me explain what's happening. In the recording, you will hear I keep changing the root. I realize there is no chord progression or accompanying instrument. However, I thought it would clarify what is happening during this kind of solo. Let's go back to the top. "How to perform atonal soloing." First of all, playing in an atonal fashion doesn't mean there are no rules and you can just play whatever comes to mind; it's actually rather complex to learn and perform. If you remember, there was a video where I mention Arnold Schoenberg. He is the master of this complex subject matter.
Now, let's try to listen this track a bit more carefully. On the surface, you will see that I keep changing the root with either chromatic notes, V degree, or whatever comes to mind in the moment. But, I also do something more; I use Schoenberg's approach. It's a very simple technique that don't use until I finish playing the entire scale. For example, in C Major you normally have: C, D, E, F, G, A, B, C. So, when you play D from this scale, you don't actually play it until you play the full scale C, E, F, G, A, B. When you keep doing this, the listeners' ear will not notice the root of your phrase, but you will know it.
So, that’s it for now. But of course, there is a lot more to it than that. Enjoy your first atonal phrase today!
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