Hey guys. I am at a complete loss on how to improvise where there is a fill in for the fiddle. Every time I tried to do it with a YouTube song I sound way off. I know I’m supposed to improvise and play how I feel going to the note they’re supposedly going to but mine never sounds right. Any help appreciate it q
Are you trying to copy the notes on the recording or improvising something of your own?
There are an almost endless amount of possibilities, and without a concrete example it’s hard to give advice. I find the simplest licks to be the best when I don’t have anything worked out ahead of time. Much of the time I’ll stay right in the triad of the chord and maybe add some slides on the 3rds & 5ths.
One question to ask yourself when filling in is “am I tagging what just happened or leading into the next phrase?” This can help with the construction of fills.
I took a great class from Megan Lynch where she taught “the money lick”…it’s a very simple backup lick that has a ton of variations. You might try contacting her and purchasing the class…it’s not expensive and is a great starter course on playing backup…one of the very few I’ve found to be worthwhile.
I am trying to improve in this area as well. I have also heard that playing the Pentatonic scale of the key of your tune is also a useful approach. Please let us know how it turns out and what worked for you. Thanks