I just watched this video of 10 jazz guitar players taking on Autumn leaves in 10 very different ways. It was so cool to see how they approached it and how this song that everyone knows can sound so special. https://youtu.be/41KGLQrieb0?si=7wm30VyVrAqUc7vQ
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First draft of the piece Autumn Leaves. It is in Gmin rather than Emin simply because she's more familiar to me in that key. The tempo is 100 bpm (the click is on 1 and 3). tell me what you think 🙂 https://youtu.be/0h6Q03brw1Y
@Mentor Marc-Andre Labelle It's also why I don't necessarily play the roots of the chords. I tend to imply the harmony with sparse little jabs of three, two or even one note without the root. Also, I try and make do with the hands I got, which are not that big.
I think that talent is what permits you to progress a little easier but talent does not works alone. evidently, if you do not pick up the guitar, you won't learn to play it, however talent you have. Working at it is what is important to progress. No work, no rewards. It's 90/95% work and 5/10% talent I'd say. And beside, Where is the fun if not in practicing, in playing for the fun of discovering that you can play something today that you were not able to play yesterday.
After posting the autumn leaves challenge, Rene told me it would be cool to do it with you guys. Here's what i suggest. Everybody interested works on the song and posts their result before the end of september. You can learn an arrangement, make your own, solo, just melody, just chords... whatever you feel will help you improve. We are here to help each other so i suggest that for one thing to work on we say 2 things we liked... we can also just like. That way we don't end up discouraging others. We are not all at the same level and we can all work on so many things. So if you're interested please respond in the comments... if there's only two of us we might decide to just not do it. https://www.skool.com/jazz-guitar-fellowship/autumn-leaves-720d6f5b?p=08df1637
There is a very good book which talks, among other things, about the order of brightness and darkness of modes derived from the major scale and the melodic and harmonic minor scales. Its title is "Modal Jazz, Composition and Harmony" by Ron Miller. Quite advanced but good to read if you want to learn the inner working of this thing about brightness and darkness
My 1st guitar hero being Mark Knopfler, I've always played with no plectrum. But a few years ago, my manouche jazz teacher said "you have to play with a pick". I started to follow his advice, but so far I'm still a better player without a pick than with one. And in the jazz realm, I see conflicting advice. So, do you think one can play jazz guitar with no pick all the time? Or is there a music or context that requires using a plectrum? More broadly, what's your take on the pick/no pick issue?
I play without a pick for years now but in recent years, I began experimenting with a pick an with hybrid picking technique and there is definitely a place and a time for all these techniques. For myself, finger is the way to go but I think it's a matter of preference and ease of execution. As long as you work on getting a good tone with your way of playing, it doesn't matter how or with what you play. Gear in really not so important.
@Mentor Marc-Andre Labelle I loved Matteo Mancuso the minute I saw him with his trio a few years back. I finally saw a guitarist playing fingerstyle like me but with speed and accuracy like I will never archive.
Working on Miles Davis' interpretation of the Autumn Leaves theme on Cannonball Adderley's album "Somethin' Else". I try to capture the intricacies of the interpretation of the theme and the melodic additions of Miles https://youtu.be/DHzbzuXcbMY
Here is Autumn Leaves, intro, theme and improvisation. It's a bit long (5m38s) I’m sorry. The intro, very rarely heard, comes from an interpretation of Yves Montand, French actor and singer as I heard it in a live video that I can no longer find on Youtube. Some errors in the theme and the intro. Still work to do, after a little less than 5 hours of work. https://youtu.be/xsljBVr1XhM
I really encourage everybody to post videos of them playing even if it's not perfect or if it's just the A section or whatever. We can help each other, that's why we're here. For those of us who aren't ready to post a video just yet, here's what i hope you'll do. Film yourself for yourself. In 3 months you'll be able to look back and see what improved and what you need to focus on. Always be nice to yourself, find 2 things you liked and 1 thing to work on for the next video. I didn't film myself before i started with Marc and i regret it because it would be nice to see what changed in the last 10 years or 20 or 30... at least now i get to see how i improve. You don't HAVE to but it's really worth it.
At some point, at the beginning, I played with a pick, sometime, hybrid picking. I switch to fingerstyle when I realized that I could do everything more easily and with more control than with a pick. Strumming is a bit more difficult with fingers but, for a long time now, I don't need it. I am definitely more at ease, have more control, better sound, more spontaneity.
@Matthew Berry It's a combination of several things. I think my right hand technique, strongly inspired by classical guitar, has a lot to do with it. I managed to get roughly the same tone with a guitar amp as when I plugged it directly into my computer. In this recording, my guitar is plugged into an external sound card (Steinberg UR-44) and the sound comes from the sound boxes of my computer. The guitar strings are Thomastik-Infeld JS-110. Usually I use JS-111s. They are flat wound strings which gives me more of a jazzy kind of hollow body sound. The camera is a Sony A6000.
A couple of these chords are very cool, dissonants to my taste. The little blues at the end gives good examples of the way they all can be used. Even without the bass to give context, it's very clear, to my ears at least, where we are in the progression. obviously, it takes a bit of practice to use them with ease and taste.
❗❗ NEW VIDEO ❗❗ Join Marc as he improvises over 10 levels of the II-V-I progression, unraveling the complexities of this fundamental jazz sequence, one step at a time. You can also play along these tracks as the playlist for iRealPro is available for download for free! Check the link in the video description.
Marc's lines are interesting, especially starting with level 4. Great lines to transcribe, analyze and morph into one's playing and style. Above all, never play verbatim, rather make your own lines inspired by them.
Hi! I've been playing guitar since 1972 and my interest in jazz begun in 1980. I'm a self-taught player for the most part. I also play bass mainly out of necessity and on that instrument I'm rather funk-jazz-rock oriented as opposed to being rather standard jazz guitarist. I mainly play solo guitar but I'm not so much into heavy chord solo arrangement and more into single notes melody interspersed with 2 or 3 notes chords. Professionally, I'm retired from a 32 years as a computer oriented worker at a government agency of the province of Québec, Canada. I live in Québec city.
Hi, On my desktop, I use Windows Camera. It's free, comes with windows 10 and surely is available on Win 10 for laptop as well. A little issue I have is that my web camera seems to be too sensitive with the sound it capture so the sound of the video is over-saturated, it's distorted. I have to set the volume of my amp quite lo to have a clean sound