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post Sep 18 2014, 06:00 AM
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post Sep 18 2014, 07:19 AM
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Awesome playing!!!! I always enjoy your videos smile.gif You play all those chords so clear and I love this! Also your arrangements are always very, very, very, very tasty wink.gif
You made me to remember that first time when I listened this song was in "Sound of music" (one of my favorite musical movie). Much later I discovered the version played by John Coltrane.


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post Sep 18 2014, 08:56 AM
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Ken .. your mastery of chordal play and arrangements is outstanding! Congratulations and thank you for sharing this smile.gif


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post Sep 19 2014, 01:53 AM
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QUOTE (Monica Gheorghevici @ Sep 17 2014, 11:19 PM) *
You made me to remember that first time when I listened this song was in "Sound of music" (one of my favorite musical movie). Much later I discovered the version played by John Coltrane.


Thank you Monica.
I quote a lot of Coltrane bits in that arrangement ... not all from the same song. The ending is a rip from Naima.


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post Sep 19 2014, 03:31 AM
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QUOTE (klasaine @ Sep 18 2014, 01:00 AM) *
As in the 'song' ...



Bravo! I love your chordal playing. It's very inspiring and hopefully you keep putting these videos up so one day you'll remind me again.
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post Sep 19 2014, 02:39 PM
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Hi mate, this sound beautiful! You are a master with chord melody!

I'm curious about the tune, how you learnt it, if this is your own arrangement and if it is, how you worked on it...


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post Sep 19 2014, 05:59 PM
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QUOTE (Gabriel Leopardi @ Sep 19 2014, 06:39 AM) *
Hi mate, this sound beautiful! You are a master with chord melody!

I'm curious about the tune, how you learnt it, if this is your own arrangement and if it is, how you worked on it...


Thanks Gab.

Good questions.
The tune is my arrangement but I took a lot of ideas from this guy's version ... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qWG2dsXV5HI
I've played the song many times with different groups of musicians. It's a 'standard' so I knew it pretty well before I decided to do a solo arrangement. Or, I thought I did. About a week ago somebody asked me about one of the chords in the John Coltrane version (youtube link'd above). Specifically the F major chord the piano player (McCoy Tyner) hits at 0:30. I wasn't completely sure what it was or how it was functioning so I listened and decided I needed to do an arrangement for myself.

This is my usual method ...

1) I pick a song I really like (because I will be spending hours to days with it).
2) I learn the song via my ear and/or look at some sheet music - http://www.guitarcats.com/images/JazzStand...0THINGS-306.jpg
3) I listen to the original version. "The Sound Of Music".
4) I listen to a few other artist's renditions. In this case, John Coltrane.
5) I pick favorite bits from each and try to put them together in a cohesive way.

I sit and play just the melody and simple chords many times through to start. As I keep playing I hear and experiment with substitute chords. I adjust the fingerings/voicings/positions to work with the melody. Sometimes (rarely) I will change a melody note in order to facilitate a chord voicing or bass note choice. And like with anything else in art - I'll make a mistake or three that sounds cool. The 'happy accident'.
I make notes on a sheet of the ideas and changes I come up with - chord grids, notation, tab, etc. Whatever works.

The usual length of time from start to finish is 3 days.
Day 1 - learn song and solidify an arrangement.
Day 2 - practice arrangement. The technical stuff.
Day 3 - practice more and then record it (mostly so that when I forget it I have a decent reference).
Sometimes I can do it all in one day. Sometimes it takes 3 weeks.

* I almost always end up with too many ideas and I have to discard a lot. It depends on how long I want the tune to be or, what do I need to get my point across?

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