I think all of the transcriptions are on there as gif files, so it makes it easy to save them electronically. I had the same thought about getting the transcriptions saved in case it goes down again.
Thanks for setting me straight on the Smooth One changes. That’s what I get for trying to use a progression from somewhere other than the Jazz Chord Anthology. Anyway, I have been shedding the tune over the last few days and I like how you can get a lot of ideas for it playing melodically rather than trying to play the changes. I will get a take recorded just as soon as I get the bridge down and buy those backing tracks from Tommy.
Nice playing on those clips, Craner…you got me obsessing on A Smooooth One. I have most of the melody worked out, but the chord progression puzzles me a little. The chart that I found has Bbdim7, Bb6, F6 under the head. I was hoping that it was a variation of ii-V-I, but that does not seem to fit. Is it just one of those Benny Goodman harmonized baseline deals like Flying Home?
I know it is not Tommy, BUT Jonathan Stout has “playalong tracks” for a couple of those tunes on his Swing Guitar Blog (http://www.campusfive.com/swingguitarblog/?currentPage=2). I think All of Me, Dinah, and Six Appeal are on there.
Thanks for posting this Craner, and thanks for doing an awesome interview, Tommy. I enjoyed listening to the show while I toiled at my desk today.
I have actually been thinking about something related recently. I may be late to the game, but I have been listening to podcasts a lot lately at my desk and in my car. Two of my favorites, Turned Out a Punk and the Art of Wrestling, are essentially interviews with punk rock musicians and professional wrestlers (sorry, rasslers as they say here in NC) telling their respective stories in their respective gigs. I have not really listened to punk rock in 15-20 years and have not watched wrestling, but I find the stories and oral history fascinating. I bet the collective power of this message board could put together a hell of an early electric guitar podcast.
I am one of the freaking insane NCSU Wolfpack fans. Believe me, the official rivalry may be UNC-Duke for ESPN purposes, but I can attest than the Pack despises UNC at jihad levels that I think the average Duke fan is too sissified to comprehend, especially with the whole cheating scandal going on.
I am actually in California right now for a biopharm development conference. I hung out with Tommy and Nico Duportal for a few hours last night and had a complete ball. I am hoping to get out to see them play on Thursday night.
Thanks for the input everybody. I like the looks of the Dunlop Jazztone and Jazz I picks. Have not been able to find any locally, so I guess I will pony up a couple of bucks and order them from Amazon.
I did find an old Dunlop standard size pick in the bottom of my sock drawer. I like the thickness of it, and have gotten used to the larger size. Unfortunately it is freaking Carolina blue so its gotta go as soon as I can get something else in (nobody but Bryan will probably get that).
Was it Green Street that you were telling me about on Tuesday? It is on Spotify and I am listening now while I read some reports. The first track has some stuff I am looking forward to putting on the Slow Downer tonight.
Craner hit it on the head with the bible analogy. The way I see it, the Bible and the Mickey Baker books are full of good ideas especially when you do not get hung up on the literal and start looking at how the concepts apply to you.
I have both Mickey Baker books, but have worked through more of the first one than the second one. Both books have some pretty ridiculous chords that are physically tough to play and useful as finger warmups/workouts. The first book has some good lessons on chord progressions and substitutions. I have been getting a lot of mileage out of some of the second book material lately. Once you get past the physical part, the thing is integrating the lessons with your own playing.
If I can get some of this crap down fluidly enough, I will post a video with some ideas.
The obvious two starting points for me are Charlie Christian and T-Bone Walker. Next up is Tiny Grimes, Oscar Moore, and Johnny Moore. Starting there, you could go in a lot of directions with respect to the old stuff. Some of the more contemporary stuff would be Kid Ramos, Igor Prado, and guys playing with Kim Wilson…. On and on. Of course, mine youtube for videos of Tommy.
There is a facebook group callsd Jump Blues Guitar Killers with tons of stuff.
Hi Craner, my email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks in advance for the PDF.
I am with Dan, some of those fingerings are freaking bizarro. I am pretty stubborn about trying to transcribe that stuff on my own, but those transcriptions are a good reality check.
I was trying to find the old Solo Flight site tonight, and it looks like it has gone away. I was able to find it with the Internet Archive Wayback Machine…the link below should work.
Unfortunately, it does not look like the Wayback Machine archive has the actual transcriptions, though. I will keep looking.
If you have the article scanned, I would love to see it!
Dan, that Jonathan Stout video is freaking great. Thanks for posting it.