Friday, February 26, 2010

The Answers to All Your Questions are in Your Living Room


    My recent article "Music Before Theory" addresses the need to listen to music as opposed to just learning the terminology and the analysis of it.  In this article I will discuss the process of transcription, or as I like to call it, the art of aural thievery.  "How does one go about stealing sound?," you may be asking.  The simple answer is by listening.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Quick Update on My Real Journey

    It's time for an update on my Real Journey.  Things are moving a bit slower than I originally anticipated, but I'm making at least some progress.  So far, I've got down "Four," "Groovin' High," and "'Round Midnight" (Thelonius Monk's version, not Miles Davis').

    The next one one the list is called "Nardis," and is one of my favorites.  Here is a great video of Bill Evans playing the song.


Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Music before Theory


    There is much discussion of music theory on this site, and while learning theory is crucial to developing into a good musician, it is important not to get bogged down in it.  It's very easy to get caught up in studying this kind of thing and neglect the music itself.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Position Studies and Guide-tones on "Four"

    To assist me in getting to know this tune I created a few position studies which are really just voicings for the chords so that they can all be played in one position.  The first set of voicings I used allow me to play through the entirety of the progression in the first position (within the first few frets of the guitar).  As always, good voice-leading is a must.  This means choosing voicings that have the least amount of movement between the individual notes in the chords.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

"Four" Triads and Other Fundamental Harmonic Structures

    I thought I would share some of the exercises I have been doing involving this tune so that you might see a bit into my method of learning (or teaching myself).  It must be mentioned that these are not all of the things I'm doing (or thinking about), and also that these exercises were chosen/created to cater to my specific needs.  That is to say everyone has different needs and goals and will most likely require different methods to address these specific needs.

Friday, February 5, 2010

Back with a New Tune on the Burner


    After an unintended but much needed break from the blog, I've returned with the first song in the "Real Journey" series:  "Four" by Miles Davis.  For anyone that has a 6th edition Real Book it's on page 149.