I know I typically have more difficulty with Chord Melody, but this was a real beast for me, even just getting this far...Hopefully, Parts C and D, then put together the whole kit and caboodle! Maybe by end of year. Better keep some side projects going! 🤣 Of course, comment freely.
Thank you all for the great comments! It means a lot (as you guys know). I will try that "enable embedding" feature next time I upload and see if it clears things up. As for the reel-to-reel, I've had some old tapes from 60's and 70's - family stuff, youthful performances, etc - that were recorded. So have transferred some and (maybe during retirement) will go through some more. Maybe I'll try some direct to tape recording as well - a couple mics live and mixed in - Rudy Van Gelder Style!!
Some of these standards are just too fast. Now, I know when learning the song, it makes sense to slow it down initially, but my question is do I need to be able to play it at tempo before moving to the next step which is the conveyor belt? Or would it be acceptable to go all the way from step 1 to 5 at a slower tempo, then work at speeding up?
I feel from my experience that playing the tune slowly, makes it easier to listen to what I am "saying with my playing", as long as I approach the slower version musically and expressively. I used to grind thru the tunes slowly, focused just technically, and it felt more like a grind. When I incorporated more expressiveness early on - slowed down - the tune blossoms in a unique way and the practice is more of a heartening experience. When moving up tempo, it might almost be like a different tune in meaning, but I can bring the nuances of the unfolded slower version with me. (of course, this may all be rationale for not being able to play too fast yet!🙃)
Very sweet, fun and relaxed. Nice to hear you play thru the changes several times, and watch how you develop your lines across the passages. I ended up using double stop 6th's, with octaves on my solo; starting to sound OK but hardly looks like I'm having fun!!😆
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Hi Marc! Set up appt for 10/10 but may need to do it from work. Shall I have guitar in hand for call? And if on Zoom I think that should not be a problem from work, but I'll double check since coming from Canada, I presume (work for Federal Government, they have rules hidden everywhere!!😆)
Aside from a couple of obvious screw-ups, I thought is was close enough for feedback. Constgructive critcism welcome, and any positive comments graciously accepted. I'm plugged in direct to sound so you'll here all missteps. Haven't participated in Acelerator Course but hope to soon. Here ya go
Sweet! It almost has a country like feel with rhythm and timbre of the guitar, as if Chet Atkins was working up the arrangement. I’m working on Stella Chord Melody (C/M) and as my first deep dive, it’s a bit of a beast for me. Finding with C/M arrangements I can be a little more rubato with the lines while still maintaining a sense of pulse. Allows me more feel. Hmmm, I posted straight comp, maybe I’ll post the C/M arrangement soon! 🤫
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