The is my conveyor belt 4 chorus edition of Autumn Leaves. I cringe inside and completely foul up every time I see a camera is pointed at me, you'd swear it was a gun pointed to my head. It is something I am just going to have to do a lot of and get used if I want to participate in this fellowship
Recently, my grand-daughter asked me to accompany her for a coming school performance, which I regard as quite an honour. Apparently, her music teacher is comfortable with this. We first recorded the vocal and guitar parts, and I subsequently over-dubbed the guitar for the video. The timing is a little stilted in parts, because I had to ensure that the vocal would come back in at the right time after the guitar solo, and there was no metronome track (which I would have had difficulty sticking to in any case. This has been a work in progress, and some parts of the guitar have been cleaned up since the recording. https://youtu.be/tAdPJbabp9c
This was my challenge in the accelerator. And it was a challenge. I'm happy with the result but i'll have to come back to it eventyally. Now i need a break from it i've been practicing it for quite a while! https://youtu.be/-5hgDuw2OB8?si=lg8E2UiBEtIe8Rky
My first attempt at Autumn Leaves was a bit messy. Here's another go, which I think is a little better, although the tempo might still need some improvement. It helps when you actually learn the song, rather than playing when you think "should" be there. As much as learning the song properly, I had to unlearn my mistakes. https://youtu.be/J4_qG7Bsen0
Here is what I came up with. I knew of this song but wasn't really familiar with it. It was kind of fun trying to figure it out. I'll resist the urge to point out any flaws. 😉 My attempt to record into an iPhone connected to my audio interface had a few issues, but I decided to embrace the white noise and intermittent ticking by turning on the vibrato pedal and making this a bit more lo-fi. https://youtu.be/bJ1NwRD1ED0 (If I get around to it, I might post up recordings of some of the more hairbrained versions of the song. My favorite is probably the Spaghetti Western version, but I also have a new dotted 8th arrangement, which would have required multiple cameras and more video editing than I care to do.)
I was after a couple of things here: a more deliberate phrasing, as opposed to just noodling up and down the scale, and staying the same area of the fretboards. If you are curious about the results, feel free to check it out, and thanks for watching.
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
This is a new recording of my rendition of Autumn Leaves. It's a mix of the arrangement played by Joe Pass in the album Unforgettable and the one by Nathan Corr showed in the Standards Essentials in The Jazz Guitar Fellowship. https://youtu.be/K2zvVloa5jE
I recorded this about 3 or 4 years ago, after reading an article called "Drop 2 is the New Black" and working on Ted Greene's arrangement which is freely available on the web-site dedicated to him.. I think Ted's version on the site is in Em, so I've transposed it to Gm, and simplified it at times, because I couldn't play it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GaAH2VzRh0k
This is not an arrangement but what I would call a semi-structured noodle around Summertime. This is my first attempt to come up with some semblance of a chord melody thing just based on my knowledge of the tune and intuition. No chord dictionaries or other resources were consulted, with the exception of looking up another fingering for Em7b5. So, in a way, I am following Bill Frisell´s advice from a video recently posted here, to just follow the melody and to not complicate things. Not to say, of course, that the results are Frisell-like. Not at all.
Here it is, warts and all... I wanted to practice what really is in the classroom - still needs tidying up but I will work on that and a version two for the end of the month with some improvisation. I have added a few flavours that were not in the Classroom version and a few clumsy errors, but practice makes perfect :)https://youtu.be/vqblBI7esRs
This is where i'm at today. I'll repost before the end of the month to see if i improved anything. I already know i'd like the melody to pop out more but overall i like it. Comments are welcomed! https://youtu.be/AbnPPPQSO4g?si=DTn2BeO-hq6cTQdb
OK, here's my submission. There are so many other things to practice I didn't want to spend a whole lot of time on this so you get it mistakes and all. In fact, since I used a longer backing track I kind of ran out of melodic new ideas (I know, sad). So these "challenges" are gonna be used as a baseline to measure my progress 6-12 months from now (God willing). Here's my own critcism: 1. Finger technique (both hands) is sloppy 2. Melodic ideas are too repetitive 3. What I hear in my head doesn't come through my fingers (I hope @Coach Marc-Andre Seguin can help with this) 4. My transitions to higher registers are smoother than transitioning to lower registers. Need to work on that 5. My thought processes get in the way of my hitting the note timing more precisely. Gotta stop overthinking. I'm sure there is more to criticise if I watched it again but I'll leave the constructive critcism up to you guys.
I had been working on the Chord Melody which is an adoption from an Austrian YouTuber and wanted to express solo line in more than Gmajor / Emin but got lost in the arpeggios and triads. Still heaps of fun though