Blues Improv Question
Hi Willie / Everybody!
I've been playing piano for nearly 20 years and I've been learning blues piano for about a year and a half. I recently signed up to your site for all the blues lesson goodness and I'm currently going through the Blues and Boogie vids (1-3). Most of the info in these lessons is not new to me but there are some very helpful hints and tips in there that I wasnt aware of.
My question is more for Willie but I would be interested to hear other peoples experiences also.
When you are improvising the blues is the majority of what you play made up on the spot, or from licks that you have already internalised?
I ask because while I can improvise for quite a long time, I do find myself falling back into the same old patterns and as a result my improv always sounds quite similar. I try to make up the majority of what I'm playing on the spot and have never really spent any considerable amount of time learning licks.
So is the idea that over time you memorise a big library of licks that you can then call on when needed? I notice that a lot of the lessons have a section on learning different licks.
Thanks for reading!