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. In my next post, I will tackle the outro. I have also listed some other Mike Stern resources and Albums to check out below. Enjoy!
The Raw Material
For this transcription, I have decided to do things a little different. Because Mike Stern is playing a lot of small chords and melodic pedals, I thought it would be a good idea to dig a little deeper into what is really going on. You will note that the red numbers spell out the tensions in relationship to the root. This is an excellent, though labor intensive, exercise. You really can see how voice-leading works, how one tension becomes another when the root changes, what tensions Stern favors, and what tensions that you like the sound of. I really suggest doing this type of in depth analysis and studying it. You can also try it on single-note lines.
This is the first chord solo over the first half of the tune. It begins around the 3 min. mark.
The second chord solo (over the second half of the tune) followed by the head arrangement out. This begins at 4:15.
If you want, you can play the first chord solo and go right into the second. You will then have an entire chorus of chord solos to use. Part 2
Mike Stern Books and DVDs
- The Best of Mike Stern
- Mike Stern Guitar Transcriptions
- Ultimate Play-Along for Guitar (Ultimate Play-Along Series) (with 2 CDs)
- Mike Stern: A Step-By-Step Breakdown of the Guitar Styles and Techniques of a Jazz-Fusion Pioneer (Guitar Signature Licks)
- Stern, Mike – Band: Paris Concert DVD
- Mike Stern: Featuring Live Performances at the 55 Bar in New York City
- Return of the Brecker Brothers
Essential Mike Stern Recordings
Mike has played on so many great albums! Have a look at his discography for a full list.
- Upside Downside
- Time in Place
- Odds Or Evens
- Is What It Is
- Between the Lines
- Give & Take
- These Times
- Who Let the Cats Out
- Big Neighborhood
- Miles Davis: We Want Miles
- Michael Brecker: Don’t Try This at Home