#1
hey im in a jazz big band at school just chord comping and other stuff with little lead lines and solos but what im stuck on is improvising in jazz, i just dont understand how you do it lol i sound like a jazz noob simply cuz i am!, also how can i get a good jazz sound out of my gear? i use an orange rockerverb 50 combo and a gibson les paul studio.

any comments welcome
cheers
GEAR:
PRS CU22 10 top with #10
Gibson lp studio (fireburst)
MIA 06' fender strat sss

Orange rockerverb 50 c

morley rotating speaker '62
" pro wah
mxr flanger '73
line 6 dl4 x2, fm4, dm4
mi audio tube zone
love pedal karl fuzz
#2
for basic improvisation, play the tones from the chord you are playing over, and add its proper extentions (9, 11, 13) and you should be fine. For gear, have your bass and mids on your amp a bit higher than your treble, use your neck pickup and roll off some tone.
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#3
^IIRC, the Rockerverb has a good bit of low end, and a lot of high mids, so flat EQ or flat with cut treble would be good. Too much bass drowns out too much if you have more than 4 people in a band IMO.

As far as improvising: I just wing it.

Lulz, if you are playing something that is very harmonically complicated, like Round Midnight, it's easier to stay in key and make it bluesy. But then, you'd be a cheater like me
#4
transcribe your favorite jazz players, learn what they do and why they do it.
#5
thanx guys
GEAR:
PRS CU22 10 top with #10
Gibson lp studio (fireburst)
MIA 06' fender strat sss

Orange rockerverb 50 c

morley rotating speaker '62
" pro wah
mxr flanger '73
line 6 dl4 x2, fm4, dm4
mi audio tube zone
love pedal karl fuzz