Joe Pass is a giant of jazz guitar! In this Joe Pass lesson I will go over how he turns Li'l Darlin into a chord solo masterpiece. Especially with a focus on how he makes fills with chords and voicings and how he harmonizes the melody.
This video analyzes the first part of the Li'l Darlin theme and breaks down the way the melody is harmonized with block chords, and how he embellishes the other parts of the song with fills and passing chords. It is an excellent example of a master guitarist at work on a medium swing tune!!
For me Joe Pass was the most important influence when it came to chord solos. Both learning from his chord solo book and playing transcriptions of his solos was essential in getting the vocabulary and the skill to make melodies with chord voicings.