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    Our standard for Feb 2018 will be Embraceable You - by George & Ira Gershwin (1930).

    Background:
    Jazz Standards Songs and Instrumentals (Embraceable You)

    Contrafacts:
    Quasimodo - Charlie Parker

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    Another tune I've played a million times, and then for some reason, put away and not played in ages. Looking forward to remembering this one.

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    This is the best take without any improvisation:


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    Hi Kris, great song! Was the guitarist on this track Doug Raney?

    wiz (Howie)

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    Quote Originally Posted by wizard3739
    Hi Kris, great song! Was the guitarist on this track Doug Raney?

    wiz (Howie)
    Hi Howie,

    Chet Baker - Embraceable You
    From alblum " Embraceable You " (1957)
    Guitar : David Wheat
    Bass : Ross Savakus

    Best
    Kris

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    Quote Originally Posted by mr. beaumont
    Another tune I've played a million times, and then for some reason, put away and not played in ages. Looking forward to remembering this one.
    Strangely, I've never played it before and, believe it or not, couldn't even remember it. But then I'm no romantic so maybe it didn't stick.

    Anyway, looking forward to see what you do with it

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    I have sugesstion for guitarists who like to show multiversions:
    Play every another take in different key.
    You will really know the tune if you can play it in every key...I think it was from great Joe Pass.

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    My favorite version.


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    My favorite:


    I once transcribed Oscar's solo on this. Very unique player.

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    Don Patterson (og) Pat Martino (g)

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    One of my faves, here is a version I did with a vocal. The guitar is tuned down a minor third so this version is in the key of E



    looking forward to other submissions.

    all the best

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    Tim, this is just lovely!

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    To kick things off for me, here's a pretty composed thing...it's funny how quickly this came back to me, I played it like this 10-12 years ago, when I worked out heads a lot more than I do now...


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    Quote Originally Posted by mr. beaumont
    Tim, this is just lovely!
    thank you Jeff,
    I not a real singer but sometimes its fun to accompany one and I was the only singer that was handy at the time.

    I just finished listening to yours. Its really nice. I love the sound of that guitar.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TLerch
    thank you Jeff,
    I not a real singer but sometimes its fun to accompany one and I was the only singer that was handy at the time.

    I just finished listening to yours. Its really nice. I love the sound of that guitar.
    Thanks Tim...it's funny how sometimes a Lil cheapie like this records so nice...

    Anyway, I'm no singer either, but I'm pretty sure I'll have to sing this one too this month. Channel my inner Chet/Frank/JohnnyM...

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    Quote Originally Posted by TLerch
    One of my faves, here is a version I did with a vocal. The guitar is tuned down a minor third so this version is in the key of E



    looking forward to other submissions.

    all the best
    Hi Tim,
    This is a great take.
    Beautiful playing. You have the best jazz Telecaster sound on Youtube -I think.
    Exelent fingerstyle comping and solo. Nice voice and pleasure to hear it...
    Jazzingly Yours
    kris

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    thank you Kris.

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    It wasn't bad. The thing I found with this tune is that it's hard to keep the feel of it whilst improvising. It's easy enough to run round the changes but probably one has to somehow keep that intimate and romantic feel to it.

    If I did more chord-melody I'd do that, I think. I've sort of lost touch with that these days but that's what I'd do. As an instrumental, that is. Beaumont had the right idea but I'd like to hear him do it in a quiet place!

    This is nice (sorry to post another YouTube). Always did like Ed Bickert.


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    ragman1,
    Look at romantic feel solo...:-)

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    I've already seen it. Anybody can see YouTube. Anyway, that's gypsy music. That's why it works. And at 1.14 it stops being romantic.

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    Tim, I love listening to your playing, you have such a great touch!

    Ragman, there's a nice vibe on your version! Well done.

    Jeff, always enjoy your videos, full of cool ideas! Like you, I used to play this a lot more but haven't played it in a few years.

    Here's a short take I did this morning as I get reacquainted with the tune...


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    Paul, sounding great! I really like the way that G&L seems to inspire you to play.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mr. beaumont
    To kick things off for me, here's a pretty composed thing...it's funny how quickly this came back to me, I played it like this 10-12 years ago, when I worked out heads a lot more than I do now...


    hi Jeff,
    Very nice playing.Great arrange for fingerstyle guitar.
    What acoustic guitar you play?It sounds very warm and clean.
    Best
    Kris

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    Quote Originally Posted by kris
    hi Jeff,
    Very nice playing.Great arrange for fingerstyle guitar.
    What acoustic guitar you play?It sounds very warm and clean.
    Best
    Kris
    thanks Kris!

    I'm actually playing hybrid, pick in my hand too.

    The guitar is a $150 Recording King "dirty 30's" parlor. I love this little cheapie.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mr. beaumont
    thanks Kris!

    I'm actually playing hybrid, pick in my hand too.

    The guitar is a $150 Recording King "dirty 30's" parlor. I love this little cheapie.
    Jeff,
    Sure hybrid picking.
    Guitar for $150 sounds really good in your hands.I am looking for nice Parlor.
    Best
    Kris

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    Quote Originally Posted by PaulD
    Tim, I love listening to your playing, you have such a great touch!

    Ragman, there's a nice vibe on your version! Well done.

    Jeff, always enjoy your videos, full of cool ideas! Like you, I used to play this a lot more but haven't played it in a few years.

    Here's a short take I did this morning as I get reacquainted with the tune...


    Hello Paul,
    Very nice ad lib take...a lot of cool chords with beautifull voicings.
    All The Best
    Kris
    ps.
    I think the key of G is most comfortable for solo guitarists.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kris
    Ah, good, some chords. I was going to ask what changes people were using. Is there some standard accepted version or are there many?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ragman1
    It wasn't bad. The thing I found with this tune is that it's hard to keep the feel of it whilst improvising. It's easy enough to run round the changes but probably one has to somehow keep that intimate and romantic feel to it.

    If I did more chord-melody I'd do that, I think. I've sort of lost touch with that these days but that's what I'd do. As an instrumental, that is. Beaumont had the right idea but I'd like to hear him do it in a quiet place!

    This is nice (sorry to post another YouTube). Always did like Ed Bickert.

    I could listen to Ed Bickert all day.


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    Quote Originally Posted by PaulD
    Tim, I love listening to your playing, you have such a great touch!

    Ragman, there's a nice vibe on your version! Well done.

    Jeff, always enjoy your videos, full of cool ideas! Like you, I used to play this a lot more but haven't played it in a few years.

    Here's a short take I did this morning as I get reacquainted with the tune...

    Wow Paul that was fabulous, it really sung to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ragman1
    Ah, good, some chords. I was going to ask what changes people were using. Is there some standard accepted version or are there many?
    People/artists/ are using different changes.The best way is hearing versions by masters/guitarist,pianists etc../.
    It is good ear training for everybody to take changes from recordings.
    For ex. there are great changes from Kenny Barron/pianist/ concert take in the key of F:
    February 2018 - Embraceable You-embraceable-you-2-jpg

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    Some really great playing here. Most of the people who've posted so far are full-time players or teachers one way or the other, right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sunnysideup
    Some really great playing here. Most of the people who've posted so far are full-time players or teachers one way or the other, right?


    it is an open thread ....
    ...from beginers to more advanced....
    ...all coments are positive...

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    Quote Originally Posted by sunnysideup
    Some really great playing here. Most of the people who've posted so far are full-time players or teachers one way or the other, right?
    I have to agree that between this thread and the CMelody one discussing DOWAR there are some really great performances.

    I've been spending all my spare time following the discussions/performances and picking up any crumbs of knowledge that I can.

    I'd like to thank all contributors for sharing with those of us who are not as advanced.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kris
    it is an open thread ....
    ...from beginers to more advanced....
    ...all coments are positive...
    Thanks Kris, I appreciate it.

    My question was really trying to find out how much time the posters spend on playing - whether it's a full-time job for them or not. I can't imagine many of these posters doing this (both the quantity and the quality) after a "regular" job and other responsibilities. But I am often wrong!

    I don't think this question has ever been raised before (at least I've never seen it), and maybe it's none of my business :-)

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    Well, I dunno if my post was any good, but I am not a pro. I'm a full time high school visual art teacher, I do run some after school music things...until very recently, I taught private lessons.

    I started young, gigging at 12, but not jazz. Probably played a few hundred gigs by age 22, when I got a real job...so basically, I'm either desensitized or just too dumb to be scared of putting myself out there

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    I knew from some of yr other posts Jeff that you are a teacher - your playing's so fluent I'd assumed you must be a music/guitar teacher. Great stuff!

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    I'm not really a pro either, other than an occasional gig here and there, otherwise I'm just a retired IT guy who really likes to play guitar .

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    Looks like I am a pro...
    I played a lot of jazz gigs but not only.
    I started to play guitar at age on 10 years old.
    I,ve studied classical guitar first.I participated in many jazz competitions with some suceses/most important in 1978-gold Washoard Cometition-first place as soloist/.
    I played in different bands from guitar duet to big bands /about 35 years/.
    I still play jazz on my guitars and I like it and I like to share my expirience too.
    I still learn as everybody here at this thread.
    Best
    Kris
    February 2018 - Embraceable You-wolinski-watson-jpg
    me& Bobby Watson -festival gig Warsaw
    Last edited by kris; 02-06-2018 at 03:59 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sunnysideup
    Thanks Kris, I appreciate it.

    My question was really trying to find out how much time the posters spend on playing - whether it's a full-time job for them or not. I can't imagine many of these posters doing this (both the quantity and the quality) after a "regular" job and other responsibilities. But I am often wrong!

    I don't think this question has ever been raised before (at least I've never seen it), and maybe it's none of my business :-)
    I play professionally (2 to 5 gigs per week). I also have a day job ( I am a school teacher ). I have a wife and 2 kids ( they almost don’t recognize me without a guitar on my knee.


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    Surely you all know this version, all the lyricism with few notes


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    Quote Originally Posted by carlones
    Surely you all know this version, all the lyricism with few notes

    Quite possibly the best version of “Embraceable You” that I have ever heard.


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    So simple... :-)


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    I break up the bars in my mind, so one bar is like two.

    By the way, that other version I posted at [Practical Standards] February 2018 - Embraceable You - Page 2 is even slower. The whole clip is only one chorus! But nobody's mentioned it. And I think it's really effective

    (It was also done with the head too but it was too long)

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    Hey ragman1, would be pleased if you can explain the 4 chord simplicity as I am struggling with it.

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    It's probably best if it isn't clear because it can be deceptive and give the soloist a false sense of security!

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    The idea is that basically, in any major key, there are only two groups of sounds, dominant and major.

    In G, the variations of the G major chord are G6 and GM7 so the major group are the chords G, Bm and Em. You can see why.

    All the other chords - except C - come into the dominant group - D7, Am, F#m7b5. This includes substitutions (like the backdoor), secondary dominants, and passing chords.

    The IV chord, C, is the exception. The two variations are CM7 and C6. CM7 is like an Em, which is in the major group, and C6 is like Am which is in the dominant group. So C can fall into either camp depending how it's used.

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    Same with the relative minor. Em, G, and C are in the minor group, the rest are dominant. So F#m7b5 - B7b9 - Em7 is basically just B7 and Em.

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    So EY could be played like this. Of course it obviously destroys a lot of the subtlety:

    G - % - D7 - %
    D7 - % - G - B7
    Em - % - Bm - A7 (key change to D maj)
    D - A7 - D7 -%

    G - % - D7 - %
    D7 - % - G - G7 (key change to C maj)
    C - B7 - Em - A7 (temporary modulation to D)
    G - D7 - G - D7
    Last edited by ragman1; 02-10-2018 at 02:32 AM.

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    Come to think of it, it's only a 2-chord trick for each key, G, Em, D and C. So I suppose that actually makes the whole thing a 6-chord trick, rather than 4.
    Last edited by ragman1; 02-21-2018 at 12:32 AM.

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    I was thinking about this tune today and made a new vid, enjoy



    all the best

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    Tim,
    Great solo fingerstyle guitar playing.
    Guitar-sound is exelent.
    You keep time perfect in this solo performance!!!
    Best
    Kris