Motivic Development in Soloing

Mike Pope teaches you the power of using motifs to develop clear and compelling solos. You’ll come away from this pack with many new ideas of how to organize and craft solos, ideas that work in all styles. For intermediate to advanced players.

In this pack, Mike Pope gives you powerful ways to organize and create solos through the use of motivic development. Each of these ideas, whether it is using two note motifs, scalar approaches, motifs as landing points, or any of the other ideas in this pack, can and should be used to help craft better solos in all styles of music. As you work through each lesson, see if you can craft your own starting motif and then use each technique to add to it and make it grow.

Be sure to check out Mike Pope’s other excellent packs on playing through chromatic changes, articulation, and getting the best sounds from your bass and amp.

Here are the lessons that appear in this pack:

  • Introduction to Motivic Development
  • Beginning Two Note Motif
  • Adding Octaves and Rhythmic Variation
  • Adding Scalar Approach Notes
  • Using One Motif Note as an Anchor
  • Motif as Landing Point
  • Using Motifs to Tie Things Together
  • Overview, Recap, and Performance




  • Mike Pope


  • Bass


  • Blues
  • Jazz

Skill Level

  • Advanced
  • Intermediate
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