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    Quote Originally Posted by Eck
    Jeez! That’s virtuoso. Would do well in a shop-till-you-drop movie scene (and others)


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    A friend from work said it made him want to get the vacuum cleaner and vacuum the house so I called it vacuum cleaner. I'm very limited with jazz. I can't play much faster than that and can't remember many songs. Playing solo guitar is torture. I got a little better with chords since then. For money- R$B. I'm really a bluesman. I like old pop music too.

    Shop-till-you-drop..
    I can see that. Thanks.

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  3. #302

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stevebol
    A friend from work said it made him want to get the vacuum cleaner and vacuum the house so I called it vacuum cleaner. I'm very limited with jazz. I can't play much faster than that and can't remember many songs. Playing solo guitar is torture. I got a little better with chords since then. For money- R$B. I'm really a bluesman. I like old pop music too.

    Shop-till-you-drop..
    I can see that. Thanks.
    Funny that. I’m a blues man too. Started guitar at 35 - when I had 30 years of piano under my belt- because certain John Lee Hooker pieces must have guitar. Did you see mine?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Eck
    Funny that. I’m a blues man too. Started guitar at 35 - when I had 30 years of piano under my belt- because certain John Lee Hooker pieces must have guitar. Did you see mine?


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    I'll have a look.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eck
    This is 4 years ago and I have had painfully little time to write since then. Lacking guitar parts and all instruments are Apple Logic.
    Curious, also interested in criticisms!




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    Crooked junkie nurses. It reminds me of 'Nurse Jackie' for some reason. I just binge watched it on Netflix.

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    This one was inspired by John Abercrombie’s great ECM album “Characters” and the distinctive sound of his electric mandolin from his late ‘70s/ early ‘80s recordings.


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    Quote Originally Posted by BickertRules
    This one was inspired by John Abercrombie’s great ECM album “Characters” and the distinctive sound of his electric mandolin from his late ‘70s/ early ‘80s recordings.

    Really like this! Very fresh, interesting, with great form and nice playing!

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    Here's one of my recent big band pieces. I'd welcome your feedback!


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    Here's one from my latest CD, about 2 years ago. A musical version of the old farmer's daughter jokes. I wrote it and play everything but drums, and the vocal is by my buddy Wil Sams.


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    Weather Report/Return to Forever inspired Fusion, all instruments performed by me.
    Thanks for listening



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    Dear friends,

    Here's one of my newest composition, mixing Classical with Jazz music. I'd really enjoy some feedback on the composition and the group playing.




    Hugs to everyone!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ll00l0l
    Here's one of my recent big band pieces. I'd welcome your feedback!

    Went to your YT channel. Sensory overload. Shutting down. Good night.

    So anyway, did Capt. Kangaroo prevail?

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    My latest Fusion creation.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Peter C
    Went to your YT channel. Sensory overload. Shutting down. Good night.

    So anyway, did Capt. Kangaroo prevail?
    Thanks, I'm glad you liked it.

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    Hello all, I just posted this one. Enjoy!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ll00l0l
    Hello all, I just posted this one. Enjoy!
    It tells me that the video is private ... can you double check your settings? Thanks!

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    Sorry - I've changed the permissions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BickertRules
    This one was inspired by John Abercrombie’s great ECM album “Characters” and the distinctive sound of his electric mandolin from his late ‘70s/ early ‘80s recordings.

    Good stuff on a quiet canvas. The CD is aptly named---and thank you for your soft-spoken musicality...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Durban
    Hi Joel, Am7#5 you stole my chord, just messing i wrote a post on min#5 the way way back had most scratching their heads, pianist use a lot.i use min#5 a lot, as to me its a device that i call polytonal (not strict here) its F tonality if you want it to be.

    A section interesting min#5 can be F lydian vibe

    solos D
    B1 & B2 F lydian or Am9
    B3 Dm G13 as is
    B4 AmMaj9 Em7b5
    B5 - B7 Bm7b5 G9
    B8 Esusb9 (E7#5#9 AbM7#11)



    Please dont take offence at my deciphering what is YOUR tune, as you i take my work seriously, anyway the solos D , i played in some chords which can take into again not strict Polytonal. the Am9 is F lydian if you want it to be meaning you can treat it, this for works if i want to minor-ise a melody or take/extend in another direction just really options.

    I am most aware you know all this. Of course B1-8 can be viewed in a slow unwind into CMaj the final E7 iii altered is something i love basically III#5#9 also b6 yummy can go to C but Am is maybe home.

    This is not to tell you what your own song is about but merely some one else's ears variations/possibilities etc and not to imply may may not of thought of that.


    i am always excited when one gets an opportunity to talk with te composer as it were. funny thing is learn a lot by seeing others work, because i draw parallels or even note the differences and can utilise them if i had not gone that route.

    i did a post on A. Holdsworth basically how he writes the chords first then adds melody later. This interested me greatly. I myself find it much easier to put a melody to almost any harmony. I write a lot of melodies, and sometimes find it more difficult to put chords/harmony behind, as ( without sounding immodest know too many chords) so the possibilities are .large. I suppose some struggle to write melodies. this is similar. I am a lot better than i was.

    Hope this does not sound like the Me Me Me show. it just i really have chance to talk about things like this,

    A few years back when i was playing in the jazz world. Several people wanted to play my tunes, and what was of interest to them was, i would tell them about. ( rather like i was messing with your solo D how things can be seen/heard if need be. This is easy if you wrote the tune, i am talking perhaps not the average standard here. but more non & functional.

    When i see people talking about W. Shorter a lot of the time i am Mmmm oh yeah, Wayne has devices he uses consistently, these K.Waters S.Strunk and others have attempted to codify. Often it is very a simple eccentricity. once one has that logic it makes things easier to hear

    blah blah, i have looked at several of your tunes over the years, and always thought thats really interesting.
    Thanks for the props and analysis!

    I'm getting a record date together (not playing, I want to be heard as the composer only this time). I envision it as a companion piece to the book that's FINALLY just about ready for publication. The recording's going to be a lot of my vocal #s, and I have a terrific singer-pianist and cast in mind. But I want at least 5 instrumentals of various kinds. I have so many to choose from. But this would be an OK blowing samba w/2 shout choruses to stave off boredom over 6+ minutes of the same changes and tempo. Head-solos-heads: OK for jam session or last minute dates.

    Wish me luck!...

  21. #320

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    Quote Originally Posted by sergio
    Hi, I've spent most of my guitar time (on and off for year long stretches) making up things, and only now started to study and learn a bit - I went for jazz (that's why I'm here now). Here's a tune I did on chemo two years ago, so maybe chemo isn't so bad It's not jazz but maybe there's something jazz like in it? Dunno



    here's another, way older one

    Twilight Blue by Gonorreo | ReverbNation

    I'm having a lot of fun listening through all the previous posts on this thread, lots of diversity, some of them blew me away!
    (1st one) Beautiful and patiently developed playing---thanks!

    The tune itself is in the grand tradition of string instrument-driven Caribbean Basin writing, and not a thing wrong with that...

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    The lead sheets are from a soon-to-be-recorded (and published) suite: To Her. North Star and I Love Your Wife are songs with lyrics; She's moved Away & Hope Springs (the finale) are instrumentals---the 1st for piano solo, but I'm hearing EWI, if it can be programmed w/delay.

    The last two lyrics were for my own amusement. Beyond Viagra is a direct quote from a hilarious, ribald, phone conversation I witnessed between Teddy Charles (the 'quotee') and Terry Gibbs. That'll be a swinger. As for Library Lady: 2 words---Chuck Berry...






    LIBRARY LADY Joel Fass © 2017 Exemplar (ASCAP)


    I went down to my local library
    Just to surf the Internet
    But when I saw the librarian I could tell I surfed
    Into something way better yet


    She wore a modest black dress and sensible shoes
    Hair all tight in a bun
    But underneath I could see a figure
    That could have only been created for fun


    Oh Library Lady
    Library Lady
    Can I go home with you tonight?
    So you can read to me from Harper Lee, or
    Perhaps you’d prefer The Twelfth Night?
    (Spoken) Gee, a comic book would even be okay
    Long as afterwards we turn out the light


    She met my gaze kinda quizzically
    Turned her head quick, in coy modesty
    Then returned to her chore, pretending to ignore
    A situation grown more complex
    (Spoken) Since my thoughts were now rated ‘X’


    (Oh) Library Lady
    Library Lady
    My cursor is blinkin’
    Library Lady
    Library Lady
    Are you thinkin’ what I’m thinkin’?


    So I strolled, real cool, up to the reference desk
    Said I was looking for a certain book
    ‘Course I had way less interest in a 2 week loan
    Than a nice long read of her erogenous zone


    Library Lady
    Library Lady
    You may know Mr. Dewey’s system
    But girl, I bet you wonder
    How would it feel if you kissed him?


    She smiled, showed me her pearly whites, said
    ‘We don’t have that book, but I could get it tonight,
    It’s in my "personal" collection.
    I’ll read to you myself, from my private shelf’
    (Spoken) ’Hey, excellent suggestion!'




    Library lady
    Library lady
    I’m getting a very strong reading, that
    To temptation---you will
    Soon be conceding


    So we went home after the library closed
    And started right from page one
    To write chapter after chapter of our own book of love
    Before the night was done


    And now we’ve been going steady for one whole year
    I call her ‘literati’, she just calls me ‘dear’
    All I can think about at work every day
    Is coming home every night to say:


    Library lady
    Library lady
    Let’s write our book of love again
    Then do it over once more, just like before
    And never lose that yen


    So if you want to find bliss forever
    Here’s the simple plan:
    Look no further than---
    Your local----librar---i---an!

    Beyond Viagra Joel Fass © 2021 Exemplar (ASCAP)




    (Verse: rubato) Some guys have all the luck
    Living life with pluck, their dreams aloft;
    While others seem to just get stuck,
    Their luck turns hard ‘cause something else turned soft
    So I’m be----


    (Slow, light swing tempo)
    -Yond Viagra, all I can do is dream
    Aggravated ‘cause in the sack I can no longer make ‘em scream


    Cancel that trip to Niagra, ‘cause far as I can tell
    Those falls in Niagra ain’t the only thing that fell


    (B) If you ask me ‘bout my sex life
    It’s true I still got the gumption
    Yes, the spirit’s plenty willing
    But the flesh has got ‘erectile dysfunction’


    A must to drag ya, I’m known as ‘Pleasure’s Death Knell’
    And like the boy who fell deep into the well
    Beyond Viagra’s sure to stay for a long, long spell
    (Old erections never die, they just faaade away)
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    Leavin' was my (I thought permanent) farewell to NY. This one is an appreciation---and a returning home song (which is real---already have).

    Here's a lyric sheet and lead sheet:
    (You can Take me Out of New York, But) You Can't Take New York Out of Me Joel Fass (c) 2020 Exemplar (ASCAP)


    Verse (rubato):
    Rolled the dice once more,
    Bet my wad on someplace new
    Thought I had the answer this time for sure
    But I only rolled snake eyes,
    So I came down with the blues
    But this time I came up with the cure:


    (Instrumental tempo set up---4 bars)
    (walking swing 12/8 feel tempo):
    Every time I think 'I'll try
    For a fresh start somewhere new'
    I get nowhere but back to reality
    Guess you can take me out of New York
    But you can't take New York out of me


    Jitneyed to Jakarta,
    Hit the pier in Peru
    Yet still I felt out at sea
    'Cause you can take me out of New York
    But you can't take New York out of me


    Bridge: You scrutinize every line
    From every brochure
    Pick a land you bet’s exotic and new
    Make the move, then it hits you hard:
    You’re still the same old you


    So 'adieu', headin' home,
    With a new attitude
    Gonna change my ways
    Instead of my address
    Kiss that Big Apple ground,
    In deep gratitude
    'There's no place like home'
    Ain't just a platitude---
    (ritard, held note on 'yes') And, yes:
    Coda (slower): I'll toast old friends at the tavern
    Raise a glass to bein' home free----
    'Cause you can---(rit) take me out of old New York
    But you can't----take---New York---out of-----me-----(fine')
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    I know this thread is for our compositions but I didn't where to post, and I put some work in on making an instrumental guitar/B3 arrangement. It was fun & educational, how did I do?



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    They don't write 'em like this any more :-)