Mike Stern Chord Transcription: Like Someone in Love

Mike Stern: Standards and Other Songs

Mike Stern: Standards and Other Songs

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.

Mike Stern: Like Someone in Love Chord Solo 1

Mike Stern: Like Someone in Love Chord Solo 1

The second chord solo (over the second half of the tune) followed by the head arrangement out. This begins at 4:15.

Mike Stern: Like Someone in Love Chord Solo 2: page1

Mike Stern: Like Someone in Love Chord Solo 2: page1

Mike Stern: Like Someone in Love Chord Solo 2: page2

Mike Stern: Like Someone in Love Chord Solo 2: page2

Mike Stern: Like Someone in Love Chord Solo 2: page3

Mike Stern: Like Someone in Love Chord Solo 2: page3

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

Essential Mike Stern Recordings

Mike has played on so many great albums! Have a look at his discography for a full list.

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7 Responses to Mike Stern Chord Transcription: Like Someone in Love

  1. Marc says:

    Rob,

    Yours is one of my favorite blogs. Whenever I have some free time, I like to pick up my guitar and work on my improv or comping skills, so I have learned quite a bit from you. Keep up the good work!

    • admin says:

      Thanks Marc. That means a lot to me, that you are getting something out of this. Feel free to ask questions if you have any. Cheers. Rob

  2. martin says:

    hi man! have been digging in your site for days now and its really nice like all your posts.
    If u come to stockholm, we really need to jam !

  3. danny Parks says:

    That ending vamp thing – how did that ever turn out?

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