Good list Tommy. A swing in F (like Tiny Grimes’ Morgantini with Mime) would be cool too.
Thanks for the heads up on that. I’ll check that out.
I did notice a little bit of the Godzilla effect…but maybe it’s just a homage to the bygone era on which we’re focusing. How’s that for an excuse to not re-edit.
For the ii-V, I know he really milked that (and for good reason because it’s really cool), and changed it up a little bit, but I thought in “Surprise Party Boogie” the 1st string chromatic walk-down started on the 7th fret (major 3rd) and chromatically descended to the tonic. I’ll have to listen to the record again.
Is your example (starting from the 9th at the 5th fret and walking chromatically to the tonic G) a take from another song (maybe beep boogie)? Or just what you hear (I could have it wrong)? Or your interpretation of that ii-V7 device?
And to add to it, this ii-V7 device marries up well with the Charlie Christian 7/9 triad of the tonic…
Full geek disclosure:
I was stuck on a runway for over an hour yesterday so….why not transpose this song from C to F:
F/A7 – Dm/F7 – Bb/D7 – Gm/C#7 – F/F7b9 – Gm7/C7 – F/Dm – Gm7/C7 (2: F/Bb – F/C7)
Bb/F7 – Bb/Bbm – F – F7 – Bb/F7 – Dm7b5/G7 – C7 – G69/C7
I never thought of myself as a nerd, but I may have just upped the ante here…
And Pay dirt….here is a directory of tons of fakebooks and real books. The anthology is in there too. You can read till your eyes bleed on this one.
I’ve had fake books for awhile (thanks Tommy) and while they’ve been useful they are usually piano focused and as such call out chord voicings that may be unnecessary for guitar. Until I got the Anthology I used mostly Ralph Patts Vanilla book (online on his website). But the anthology is laid out very cleverly and doesn’t get carried away with the voicings. It is probably the best book of which to make a print copy. I say this in case someone gets a little over zealous about all the other books in this latest link. Stick with the anthology.
Found it online: git it while the gittin’s good…
I recommend you download it and split it A-L and M-Z (ends up being about the same size that way) and take it to your favorite copy center and have them make you a bound, double sided copy.
I’ve already split this into two different pdf’s (A-L and M-Z) if anyone who needs help with this and would rather just have me email them I would be glad to, just let me know.
Yes I do. Give me your email address and I’ll send it to you.
Anyone else who would like this can give your email as well.
Tommy, that is a little funny you’re talking about a 13th chord. I just started working on a Django blues (AABA format blues) and the 4th measure (leading into the IV chord) goes from a minor v to tonic 13b9. And the move itself is really cool: We’ll look at this stuff tomorrow.
Blues in C:
Gm7 (minor v chord):
C13b9 (tonic 13b9):
I’m going to defer to the late John Harrelson’s take on SRV–I agree with him, but he was much more an authority to make this comment than me. “He never got past his 31 songs. His greatest contribution to music wasn’t his playing (insert last sentence), but rather his abilities as a front man–especially a trio.”
Though I think the discontent for SRV is more about all the clones than him. Especially because they still keep popping up and it’s been over 20 years. I take John’s comment about the 31 songs and apply it to the clone syndrome and it makes me wonder. Some many clones of something that was really just a microcosm of a musical genre. That in it of itself seems shallow to me.
Jeff’s stories were great. We shared a mutual friend so I was familiar with some of his background, but hearing it from him was great. I appreciate his talent and resume much more now then I did before. It has been said that Jeff Ross is a world-class guitar player…
Here’s a link to the video of All of Me.
Wow, tough question to keep from getting too big and broad. I don’t think I can give this question more than a minute or two because I think the more I give it the more I’ll come up with another guitarist that has imparted something on me. But I’ll give it a go.
Right now I’m going through a pretty severe Charlie Christian period. Songs I’ve gotten the most out of (so far): Rose Room, Flying Home, Grand Slam, Wholly Cats, Seven Come Eleven, Air Mail Special.
Other guitarist that I’ve gravitated to:
Jr. Barnard: Basically anything he played on in the Bob Wills band (but the Tiffany transcriptions are the easiest place to start)–fatboy rag, milk cow blues, sweet jenny lee, etc.
Pee Wee Crayton: Anything that swings or his slow blues
Early BB King
Jimmy Nolen (pre James brown)
Robert Lockwood Jr: the trix recordings, though his early 50’s is great education in rhythm playing (come to think of it, I need to revisit this stuff)
Elden Shamblin: his walking chords. Pick any song that he is playing rhythm on.
Tiny Grimes: All of it.
There’s 10–I’ll stop now.
I’ve tried a few, not a lot but most of the usual suspects. I always end up back with Clayton 1.52 acetal. Which I was hipped on to by tommy.
Tommy, don’t go buyin any grant green records as I have a flash drive full of grant green (probably some of the stuff you don’t want too) I’ll bring with me next week.
I’ll see you ‘slow downer’ and raise you another.
For regular computers not pads of any sort, check out VLC media player. It is a free universal media player. However it has the great ability to slow down and maintain pitch. And in case you’re wondering, yes it works great for videos. You can either load up a video you have on your computer (i.e downloaded or pull from youtube) or you can actually just paste a youtube url into the media player to load the video content of that page and then begin your slowdown process. This way you don’t actually even need to download the youtube video. You can set marks for looping as well.
I have gotten more out of amazing slow downer then just about anything else (not counting Tommy) and I won’t be replacing it, in fact it is basically as much a part of my practice routine as my guitar, but the video slow down feature of the VLC player is great as well.
Oh, and congrats on the ipad. Tommy pointed me to a great app a while ago called live pbm. Rather than your usual metronome, this listens to you playing and and traces a rolling graph of your BPM. You can watch live how even or leaning you are.
Red head sisters, nylons and G strings…what are we talking about again?