As promised, here is the second part of “Like Someone in Love” Transcription from Mike Stern’s album Standards and other Songs. You may say to yourself, “Self, why did Rob make a separate post to the outro of the transcription?”. Perhaps you are wondering why am I featuring a Vic Juris album in this post. Excellent questions. Yes, we are going to look at the final section of the transcription, but more than that, over the next few posts, I want to highlight an awesome technique that will change the way you play and think about chords. Instead of seeing chords as shapes, we will try to see them as a pool of notes. Continue reading
I have always been a big fan of limiting exercises. For example, I have heard Jim Hall, Mick Goodrich, and John Abercrombie talk about practicing improvising on only one string, or a pair of strings. Placing restrictions while practicing is a great way to focus on one particular aspect of performance. Also a great way to unlock musical doors by breaking out of routines and familiar shapes. Today I offer an exercise that places some very specific limits on comping through a tune. It may seem difficult at first, but by keeping at it, you will unlock many of said doors. Under the surface, you will be training your brain to see and hear these relationships faster and smoother. Continue reading
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Ok, here is a great Pat Metheny tune called James that I played at a concert this past fall. I lifted the head and want to share it with you. Continue reading
Funny how when you get older, it is a lot easier to look back and pinpoint events that changed your life. I was performing with a big band in Japan, and picked up the Mike Stern CD, Standards and other Songs on the way home from a gig. I put it on in my tiny little hotel room and the walls fell down, the roof opened, and my world shifted. Maybe being a little too dramatic here. Anyhow, I had been a big Mike Stern fan, but such a modern treatment of standards, I had not been privy to before. Sound, lines, chords, chops, cool arrangements, this CD has it all!
Today I want to look at some chordal ideas present in Mike’s “Like Someone in Love” solo, as well as Mike’s chord melody of this classic jazz standard. Continue reading
This is a great study in block chords. Actually the entire solo is a great example of Wes’ approach. Starting with single-note lines, moving to his trademark octaves, and ending with a chord solo. The energy builds over the entire solo. At Pat’s request, we are going to dig a little deeper into the chord choices that Wes has made. As you will see, this will lead us to the land of hipness known as chord substitutions. Continue reading
Pat Metheny’s album “Question and Answer” is without a doubt one of my desert island disks. I have been listening to Pat since I was a teenager and credit him for much of my early inspiration to be a jazz guitar player. So today, I am posting a great chord melody arrangement of a great jazz standard played by a great jazz guitarist. Sound great? Great!
I am going to spend a bit of time picking out some ideas and working on them. Sure, this head arrangement can be played as is on gigs, but with a little of effort, we can get so much more out of it. Continue reading