Lead the Way: An Approach to Synth Soloing

Rob Araujo

Neosoul · Jazz

$50

A solo that’s jazzy and tasteful can excite an audience and make a track pop. But there’s a fine line soloists ride: too simple and the solo is a bore, too complex and the vibe is lost. Rob Araujo has spent years learning how to ride this line, and in the process his synth solos have been heard by millions around the world. Now he’s here to help you ride that line. Read full description...

A solo that’s jazzy and tasteful can excite an audience and make a track pop. But there’s a fine line soloists ride: too simple and the solo is a bore, too complex and the vibe is lost. Rob Araujo has spent years learning how to ride this line, and in the process his synth solos have been heard by millions around the world. Now he’s here to help you ride that line.

In this exclusive Soundslice lesson package, Rob takes 12 of his most popular solos from social media and gives an in-depth, note-by-note breakdown of each. You’ll get a sense of how his musical mind works by learning about his harmonic choices, rhythmic concepts and vocabulary.

With Rob’s tips, you're sure to be playing solos that any listener will enjoy.

163 minutes across 58 parts

Samples
So Gone performance (sample) Free
So Gone chords (sample) Free
4U Remix performance (sample) Free
So Gone breakdown (sample) Free
Preview reel Free
Tracks and lessons
So Gone (HD)
So Gone performance Free
So Gone chords
So Gone breakdown Free
Untitled Jam (Mac Ayres)
Untitled Jam performance
Untitled Jam chords
Untitled Jam breakdown 1
Untitled Jam breakdown 2
Untitled Jam breakdown 3
Untitled Jam breakdown 4
Light Ray (Evil Needle)
Light Ray performance
Light Ray chords
Light Ray breakdown 1
Light Ray breakdown 2
Light Ray breakdown 3
4U Remix (MXXWLL)
4U Remix performance
4U Remix chords
4U Remix breakdown 1
4U Remix breakdown 2
4U Remix breakdown 3
Giant Steps (Courtez Banks)
Giant Steps performance
Giant Steps chords
Giant Steps breakdown
Heartbreaker (Anomalie remix)
Heartbreaker performance
Heartbreaker breakdown 1
Heartbreaker breakdown 2
Heartbreaker breakdown 3
Tuesday (Tennyson & Mr Carmack)
Tuesday performance
Tuesday chords
Tuesday breakdown 1
Tuesday breakdown 2
Tuesday breakdown 3
Tuesday breakdown 4
Gondolina (brandon*)
Gondolina performance
Gondolina chords
Gondolina breakdown 1
Gondolina breakdown 2
Gondolina breakdown 3
Velours Draft (Anomalie)
Velours Draft performance
Velours Draft chords
Velours Draft breakdown 1
Velours Draft breakdown 2
Another Batch Jam (J Dilla)
Another Batch Jam performance
Another Batch Jam chords
Another Batch Jam breakdown
Intro Groove (T-AARONmusic)
Intro Groove performance
Intro Groove chords
Intro Groove breakdown 1
Intro Groove breakdown 2
Intro Groove breakdown 3
Twice (Glasper)
Twice performance
Twice chords
Twice breakdown 1
Twice breakdown 2

About Rob Araujo

Rob started taking classical piano lessons at age 5, eventually coming to study under Ida Trebecka and playing competitively throughout middle and high school. While studying biology at Cornell University, Rob was exposed to and particularly intrigued by jazz and hip-hop, and worked for several years to form a unique musical voice colored by these influences.

Rob began a doctorate degree in 2016 but withdrew shortly after to pursue music full time. Since then, he has worked and performed with a wide variety of artists including Tom Misch, Masego, ELEW, MonoNeon and many others. Rob currently resides in Los Angeles, doing work as a keyboardist, composer, producer and teacher.

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