April 2, 2015 at 4:57 pm #2902
I’ve set myself the target of learning 400 songs in ten years. Whilst working through my list of 120 songs I want to learn this year, I realised that a shortened version of this would make an excellent course for you guys.
All of us know a lot of songs – wouldn’t it be great if we had access to that library of songs through our saxophone? Using a Real Book or reading from the music is a nasty habit when playing jazz – people often come up against problems when trying to improvise, when all they have done is read off the ‘dots’. I am going to publish a lead sheet with most of the songs we’re going to look at, but do not be under the illusion that this is my preferred method. I want you to go out and learn these songs so you can stand on stage and perform them with no music in front of you!
This course ties in well with all of our transcription courses, but in particular the following are well worth watching if you want to go deeper:
‘Autumn Leaves’ – Zoot Simms
‘All of Me’ – Lester Young
‘Take Five’ – Paul Desmond
‘Work Song’ – Cannonball Adderley
April 2, 2015 at 9:49 pm #2903
20 weeks 20 songs …….my aim!!!
Week 1. Getting to grips by playing from memory “Autumn leaves” however l have difficulty going from B to Csharp any suggestions welcomed also when playing long notes (whole bar and more) should l try and continue that sound on into the next note or make a space as l hear many players with lovely flowing tones etc which to me suits this song but my sound seems to break up the continuity (maybe a breathing problem)?.
One thing that helps me is l have a “Jazz Standards” Lyrics textbook and reading and singing the lyrics gives and makes me feel the emotion of a song and then l try to transcribe that “word” feel to my playing..it works for me (sometimes l lose the timing!!)
This week (2) moving on to “All of me”
April 8, 2015 at 8:54 pm #2910
Coming up over the next few weeks,
1. All The Things You Are
2. Blue Monk
3. Cantaloupe Island
4. Cheek to Cheek
April 11, 2015 at 8:41 am #2915
So what do we all make of All The Things You Are ?https://cambridgesaxophone.com/lessons/song-3-all-the-things-you-are/
April 11, 2015 at 1:17 pm #2916
It’s a lovely song and not too difficult to learn. Whilst I understood your theory whilst watching the video there is not much hope of putting it into practice at the moment. Its not the theory, its memorising all the chord sequences.
April 13, 2015 at 4:34 pm #2917
I know that I will have to take my time on this. I have not yet learned some of the stuff you mentioned in the video of Autumn leaves, as far as the chord progressions? (II, IV, Etc) And I have not yet learned to improvise as of yet. If its not on the sheet music I am lost at this point. However, I can really hear the difference between playing it on the sheet music presented and the way you played it, improvising. WOW. I know you have a course on improvising as well. Cant do that right now otherwise I would. Any thoughts, Etc Vinny
April 17, 2015 at 5:42 pm #2939
Vinny don’t worry about the chord progressions for now – get the melody under your fingers first & then see about everything else later!
April 18, 2015 at 6:29 am #2940
This is quite a challenge for me. It seems to take ages to memorise the music and recall it with confidence.
I have all of the tunes on the go now, integrated into part of my practise schedule. I am not going to get into a flap about keeping up but just allow myself to absorb the music in my own time. I already have body and soul and somewhere over the rainbow under my belt. That gives me the confidence that I can rise to this challenge !
April 18, 2015 at 12:13 pm #2942
Another great tune this morning. Couldn’t just get Johnny Griffin’s Blue Monk – had to get the album. Amazing.
I’ve learnt a lot more than just sax in the last few months Dan. I’ve started to dig a bit deeper. Working out that Ella Fitzgerald sings All Of The Things You Are in Db now gives me the chance to join in with her. Thanks a lot for all the help.
April 27, 2015 at 4:11 pm #2988
Anyone any comments about the rhythmical aspect of Cantaloupe Island, particularly the Db7 to Dm section?
May 5, 2015 at 12:34 pm #2995
I have had some things come up and so its put me behind . I know this is not a race nor any competition, Thank God. HEHE. I just have to make the little time that I have each day productive. This is a great course and great selections, cant wait to see what the other melodies might be. Thank you for all you do, Vinny
May 10, 2015 at 7:45 pm #2999
It’s time for you guys to contribute a recording! Email on it’s way but here is how easy it is to put in your video from YouTube.
1. Go to your YouTube video
2. Click on ‘share’
3. Click on ’embed’
4 Copy the ’embed’ code (ctrl +C or cmd+c on Apple)
5. Paste video into your forum post!
May 13, 2015 at 4:16 pm #3000
Got a bit carried away. My version of Blue Monk.
<iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/S3gQBwpOEe8″ frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>
See you soon Dan
May 13, 2015 at 4:20 pm #3001
Think I got embed code wrong.
May 14, 2015 at 8:11 pm #3002
Nice one John, well done & a really liked your solo.
Some things to look at,
1. Intonation, you are a little # in places.
2. You got a little lost on the form, but YOU KEPT GOING, (well done !!! )
Come on the rest of you, where are your videos??????
June 4, 2015 at 9:18 pm #3038
June 10, 2015 at 2:58 pm #3101
July 18, 2015 at 11:22 am #3204
New lesson on the Nearness of You https://cambridgesaxophone.com/forums/forum/cambridge-saxophone-forum/
September 11, 2015 at 7:06 pm #3240
Nick was brave enough to send me a number of videos. Unfortunately YouTube doesn’t like people embedding videos on iOS devices so I share them on his behalf…come on the rest of you!
January 2, 2016 at 10:35 pm #3369
For me as I start Autumn leaves, I can see what you are saying about playing the sheet music vs transposing/improvising. However for me, I think I just need to start learning the melody first as nd than start learning to improvise over it.
Also, I do not have a Iphone/Ipad. What would you suggest for a Android tablet?????
Thanks again for a ll your help
January 13, 2016 at 9:48 am #3391
I suggest you learn just 4 bars at a time on Autumn leaves
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