Mr Treacle soloing resource


A section

The slow oscillation between chords II and I here means you can afford to be laid back in your soloing.
Both chords are derived from the G major scale, even when you add sevenths (the laid back feel can be enhanced by making both chords into seventh chords) so:

II 7 = A C E G
I maj7 = G B D Fsharp

and if there are four chord tones for each chord, out of a seven note major scale, then that means that you have more chance of playing a chord tome than not if you stick to the major scale!
My tips:

  • Explore the scale slowly and try to be melodic, rather than panicking and trying to fit as many notes in as possible. Go for a ‘floaty’ solo.
  • Try and work around the sax lines that weave in and out of the solos – so leave lots of space

B section

In contrast to the floaty A section, avoid 7ths and stick to the main triad notes for each chord (then fill the gaps between these) so:

G / D / G / E – A

E / B / E / C – Fsharp

C / G / C / C – D

(read this vertically as triads – or see accompanying photo which sets it out in notation).

Play along with the backing track



AABA (no saxes)

Solos over AABA (saxes play backing from now on)




Sheet music for the tune