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    Haha! Here it is.

    You knew it was coming. No whining about how its "just an exercise" or some garbage. Its a catchy tune. It can even be a bossa, ask Pat Metheny

    And yes, even though I'm busy, I'll do one this week. No excuses.

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    Easy, even little kids can do it.



    Which lets me right out :-)

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    I want my mommy.

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    All right then. Here's kicking it off with a slow one courtesy of the ever-reliable Mr. Sunnybass.



    I will try to get to a more legit tempo one, until then you'll just have to take my word I can (barely ...). Anyway to somewhat justify wussing out, I honestly do prefer it this way, irrespective of chops limitations.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wzpgsr
    I want my mommy.
    I think I read somewhere that even Coltrane had to practise it for a year before daring to record it. But we get one week...

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    Quote Originally Posted by grahambop
    I think I read somewhere that even Coltrane had to practise it for a year before daring to record it. But we get one week...
    I've been practicing it (on and off) for decades. So I can't blame a short deadline. But I will.

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    So, it's the first time I try it.

    Yes, you can laugh, I'm not a lot inspired so it sounds like a theme.

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    I’ve worked on it from time to time. But I’m a bit rusty on it now!

    I saw James Moody play it at Ronnie Scotts, and he started off by playing it as a ballad, because he said the changes were so good, he didn’t want to rush through them.

    Having said that, after a few choruses he suddenly upped the tempo and took off like a rocket (just to show he could)!

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    Here’s a go at it.
    I just got Band In A Box, trying it out here.

    Last edited by Ronstuff; 01-08-2022 at 09:28 PM.

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    A separate thread should be created for a tune like Giant Steps.
    Giant Steps is a big challenge for any musician.
    There are ways to master this tune.It requires a lot of work and persistence.
    You have to understand Coltrane harmonies first.
    One of the easiest ways to improvise over GS is to use only three pentatonic scales.
    D,F#, Bb- maj penta or parallel B ,Eb,G- minor penta.
    By only operating with these three scales, you can play the entire GS.

    There is my short take:



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    Last edited by kris; 01-09-2022 at 09:25 AM.

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    Hacks (some from Trane.)

    The Bmaj7 chord in bar 1 IS ONLY PRETEND.

    Phrase changes as follows starting from penultimate bar

    C#m7 F#7 B,
    D7 G Bb7 Eb,
    Am7 D7,
    Bb7 Eb F#7 B
    etc

    The second and fourth lines here are the ones you need to practice - (note that they start on beat 3 though.) Everything else in the tune is a 2 5 1

    Play minor triads as follows

    D7 G —> Bm
    Bb7 Eb —> Gm
    F#7 B —> D#m

    Very trane; triad sounds great on both chords,
    more is I think that the I. You can extend to pentatonic.

    This is fun - from the Bmaj7 in bar 7

    B Ionian
    B melodic minor
    Eb Ionian
    Eb melodic minor
    G Ionian
    G melodic minor
    B Ionian
    B melodic minor

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    Well, let's hear it, then!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ragman1
    Well, let's hear it, then!
    All in good time monsieur

    (when the kids are in bed)

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    Oh I have this floating around on Instagram

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    Here's mine. With a little electronic help, naturally


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    Quote Originally Posted by ragman1
    Here's mine. With a little electronic help, naturally

    Great Irish rendition !

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    hope im not kicked off ...not up to parr with you guys..i sampled it years ago witha sequencer..and retro flute samples..

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    voxsss -

    I quite enjoyed that!

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    Quote Originally Posted by voxsss
    hope im not kicked off ...not up to parr with you guys..i sampled it years ago witha sequencer..and retro flute samples..
    nice lines! Did you write this or record on a midi guitar or some such?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Christian Miller
    Oh I have this floating around on Instagram

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    +1
    Great playing!!!
    Best
    Kris

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    Quote Originally Posted by ragman1
    Here's mine. With a little electronic help, naturally

    Electronic help...
    You should play all tunes with electronic help .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Christian Miller
    Hacks (some from Trane.)

    The Bmaj7 chord in bar 1 IS ONLY PRETEND.

    Phrase changes as follows starting from penultimate bar

    C#m7 F#7 B,
    D7 G Bb7 Eb,
    Am7 D7,
    Bb7 Eb F#7 B
    etc

    The second and fourth lines here are the ones you need to practice - (note that they start on beat 3 though.) Everything else in the tune is a 2 5 1

    Play minor triads as follows

    D7 G —> Bm
    Bb7 Eb —> Gm
    F#7 B —> D#m

    Very trane; triad sounds great on both chords,
    more is I think that the I. You can extend to pentatonic.

    This is fun - from the Bmaj7 in bar 7

    B Ionian
    B melodic minor
    Eb Ionian
    Eb melodic minor
    G Ionian
    G melodic minor
    B Ionian
    B melodic minor
    Very nice, I will definitely check out some of these concepts. Thanks!

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