Guitarist Dweezil Zappa recently brought his tour honoring 50 years of Frank Zappa’s music to Chicago, where he spent time chatting with Reverb.com about his father’s improvisational techniques. The site has just shared a video showing off ten minutes of “Zappa Teaching Zappa.”
In the video below Dweezil talks about his goal when it comes to improvisation of trying to create a musical story. “I thought it was so amazing that he had this vast vocabulary and could play for eleven minutes and never repeat himself,” Dweezil said about Frank. The guitarist displays some of the tricks and tips that Frank would utilize. “It’s not about somebody supporting a soloist all the time, it’s really trying to create something on the spot. And that spontaneity is so exciting as a musician,” he says in the video.
Watch Dweezil Zappa discuss and display techniques he learned from his father:
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