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
Add to EJ Playlist This is the second go at this classic!
I did another several years ago on my Kawai baby Grand
https://www.you tube.com/watch? v=BYrJlehm5hE
- but couldn't do my usual thing of creating a video from the midi file. This is a separate play through - I guess there are similarities, but each is quite different as they were improvised from a simple lead sheet
This one was done with my NORD piano2 which allowed me to do a transcript. I will add the pdf to my DVD, and make it available as a separate transcription - go to my website for details http://www.bush grafts.com
Add to EJ Playlist 'If I Loved You'- solo jazz piano lesson.
Wonderful tune from Carousel - lots of jazz pianists have played it - my favourite is Fred Hersch on his Maybeck Hall CD, I tried to keep this as simple as I could - in the key of C with no serious re-harmonisatio n or difficult to execute runs.
The video can be downloaded free from my website along with the midi file that was created as I recorded it. I will add the transcription (same as the notation scrolling on the video) to my instructional DVD, and is available for purchase $1.20. Details are on my website
Add to EJ Playlist This is another quick one chorus version that I did for the Facebook group 'Jam of the Week' ( #JOTW ). I have also done a much more detailed and lengthy version before here on youtube:
https://www.you tube.com/watch? v=OqIwIr8HwR4
Add to EJ Playlist 'Tenderly' - jazz piano tutorial.
This is one of the best known, and often played of the jazz piano ballads. I played it in the usual key of Eb, and have combined the first chorus in 3/4 with a second chorus in 4/4.
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, could 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