Add to EJ Playlist This is another favourite of solo piano players, being played in a more or less 'stride' style.
The main purpose of these tutorial videos is to provide other piano players with some ideas, with explanations of the thinking behind them.
I guess that the whole transcription though, can be played as a piano solo. This was improvised from a basic lead sheet, so is not a play through of a fully prepared arrangement. The notation came later, derived from the midi file that was recorded as I recorded the video.
The video and the midi file can be downloaded (free of charge) from my website. I will put the full printable transcription on my DVD, and is available for purchase from my website ($1.20)
Add to EJ Playlist 'People' - Jazz piano tutorial. My favourite jazz piano treatment is the Bill Evans solo version on his 'Alone' album.
He plays it in 2 keys - the written key (Bb) and also up (or down) a tritone to E Major. In this, my modulation is an easier to manage 2nd chorus played up a whole tone to C Major!
I will put it on my DVD, and the printable transcription can be bought for just $1.20. http://www.bush grafts.com/jazz /DVDbuy.htm#tra nscriptions
The video, and midi file are free to download on my website at http://www.bush grafts.com
Add to EJ Playlist 'When You Wish Upon A Star' - jazz piano tutorial. I was looking for another Christmas song to play and chose this!
In Japan, Sweden, Finland, Norway and Denmark, the song has become a Christmas song, often referring to the Star of Bethlehem. In Denmark, Sweden, Finland and Norway the song is played on television every Christmas Eve in the traditional Disney one-hour Christmas cabaret, and the gathering of the entire family to watch this is considered a Scandinavian tradition.
It has been a favourite of many jazz pianists, including Bill Evans, Oscar Peterson, Keith Jarrett and many others. The version that I best remember was on Dave Brubeck's 'Dave Digs Disney' LP, it being the very first Long playing record (only available in mono) that I bought as a teenager in 1958.
The video and the midi file of the piano solo are free to download from my website - http://www.bush grafts.com and the printable transcription is on my DVD and can be bought ($1.20) as a separate package (details on the website)
Add to EJ Playlist I have just completed a one chorus play-through of this song which I posted today on the great site 'Jam of the Week' on Facebook (https://www.fa cebook.com/grou ps/jamoftheweek group/ I have been looking for an excuse to play this great Thad Jones song - not sure of its Christmas credentials, though it was played by Geri Allen on the npr Jazz piano Christmas 2012 special.
I will post the video and midi file on my website http://www.bush grafts.com. and add the transcription to my DVD. The transcription is also at http://www.bush grafts.com/jazz /DVDbuy.htm#tra nscriptions
Add to EJ Playlist This is another quick one chorus song that I did today for the Facebook group 'Jam of the Week' ( #JOTW ). I thought that I would add the transcription and annotations and upload it to Youtube!
I was not familiar with the song, but its chord changes are familiar - I was thinking something like Horace Silver's 'The Preacher' as I played it.
I will add the video to my website, with midi file, and put the transcription on the DVD.
Add to EJ Playlist 'There's A Small Hotel' - jazz piano tutorial. This is another solo piano tutorial with scrolling notation and detailed annotations. The song was played in from a leadsheet.
I usually spend an hour or two playing through a song, exploring the possibilities and making myself familiar with its melodic / harmonic structure - and then make the recording.
The transcription comes later, using the software to transcribe from the midi file that I record as the video is recorded.
The printable transcription will be on my DVD and is also available for download. Individual transcriptions for purchase are avilable at $1.20 - http://bushgraf ts.com/jazz/DVD buy.htm#transcr iptions
Add to EJ Playlist 'Old Folks - jazz piano lesson. This is a re-working of a version I posted on youtube 7 years ago! I am taking advantage of the improved quality available now on youtube, and also my improved ability to transcribe! I am now able to recast the rubato notation so that it lines up correctly in 4/4 measures. I have re-recorded the audio from the midi file - now a much better quality. Also, I have added the melody and chords from the original lead sheet that I used - perhaps to see how the improvisation relates to the original melody.
Lots of jazz pianists have played this great tune - lends itself to various blues type approaches. If you really want to see how this can be played check out the Oscar Peterson solo version on Youtube.
This would be difficult to play as a complete solo piano piece - I would expect instead that some of the ideas, bluesy licks etc. might be useful to adopt!
At around 3:34 there is a glitch in the audio, and it skips about a second. Sorry for this!
A disclaimer: Remember that these transcriptions are not 100% accurate. I go through them to get most of the treble/bass split more or less correct, but note timing and values might need slight adjustment by referring to the video. I really just intended these transcriptions as an additional source of information - along with the video, piano view, chord symbols and the added comments.
I have replaced the original transcription with this much better one - it is available from my website ($1.20) http://www.bush grafts.com/jazz /DVDbuy.htm#Tra nscriptions