December 5, 2015 at 5:09 pm #3335
Dan – I think there might be an error at the start of bar 9 of the Deck practice sheet (bar 41 of original). It starts with an a, not #f. N
December 6, 2015 at 12:13 pm #3336
another deck the halls question.
The twiddly 4 note groups at the end of bar 39 and start of bar 40.
My brain wants them to be triplets.
Is it just me?
Is there an answer aside from an MRI scan?
December 9, 2015 at 2:41 pm #3344
I assure you that they are semiquavers Ben – keep on with the extract sheet in quavers until you can play them 🙂
December 6, 2015 at 1:14 pm #3337
yep, me too Ben. Even when listening to it in the actual recording it just sounds awkward to me….maybe I’m not jazzy enough 😉
I am getting the hang of it now tho – i did it by using a metronome and clapping and stamping out the rhythm until it lodged in my brain – it took quite a while – I started at 50bpm and worked up – I’m now at 130bpm, still way off the speed we need tho!
December 6, 2015 at 4:15 pm #3338
maybe we are too jazzy?
thanks for the tip.
I’ll cancel the scan
December 6, 2015 at 6:06 pm #3339
December 7, 2015 at 4:26 pm #3340
Using Transcribe! and looping those sections. Between 80% and 90% speed now but it is not easy and I’m quietly driving myself potty. The Bb’s have got to be bis key. Worked out that the speed is about 280 quavers per minute!!!
December 7, 2015 at 7:04 pm #3341
bis is my Achilles heel :/
December 7, 2015 at 7:05 pm #3342
bis key is my Achilles heel :/
December 9, 2015 at 2:40 pm #3343
Hi Nick – not an mistake bar 9 in the extracts corresponds to bar 42 in the piece.
December 13, 2015 at 7:43 pm #3345
Well – I’ve done three recordings and I’m not happy with any of them. I will get there – sort of – but having listened back I’m concerned that in my attempts to get the solo correct I am losing quality of tone in those four lines as well as errors. My God – the trials and tribulations of being a musician!!!
By the way, last nights Christmas Concert of Alnwick Playhouse Concert Band went very well. One of the pieces – Proclamation of Christmas – was spot on and is a lot more difficult than Deck the Halls – but we’ve been working on it for three months!!
December 14, 2015 at 7:36 pm #3346
After two disastrous days I am now back to square one!!! 70-80%
December 15, 2015 at 3:38 pm #3351
December 16, 2015 at 9:46 am #3353
me too John – two steps forward, one step back with the solo – I can’t seem to get faster than 130bpm and if I do, the tone is pretty hideous…just gotta keep keepin’ on I guess 😉
December 16, 2015 at 9:44 pm #3354
thanks for all the encouragement chaps. plan to press the button to record tomorrow evening.
plan one take and prayer in true jazz spirit. it will be with feeling even if that feeling is nausea.
December 17, 2015 at 2:17 pm #3355
Dan You make it look so simple. If I get a Mac will my playing improve dramatically? This post is via my new IPad Air2.
December 18, 2015 at 6:20 pm #3356
I think one of the problems I have encountered with this solo is that for some unknown reason I feel the need to tongue the start of the quaver runs at the beginning of each bar. This is having an adverse effect on the smoothness of the tune.
December 21, 2015 at 7:24 pm #3361
Well done everyone
December 21, 2015 at 8:29 pm #3362
Thanks Dan for pulling us all out of our comfort zones. Thanks to all you guys for making it possible and merry Christmas from Northumberland.
December 22, 2015 at 10:36 am #3363
Hooray!! We did it!
Great edit Dan.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you all.
December 22, 2015 at 4:46 pm #3364
The video is fantastic. Well done everyone – it is lovely to see (and hear) you all!
Michael / Cambridge
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