Playing with ideas for triad substitution over the changes Cmaj7 E7 D-7 G7. What a difference a day made.solo clip.mp3Download MP3 • 1.49MB
The quick cure here is to run the pattern using the "Million Pound Challenge" approach.
Notes, out loud count and foot tap together will make you do it right!
Practise without any backing until it's easy then along with a slow metronome beat. Keep things to the speed where you are 100% sure everything's perfect and watch that speed rise day by day.
So ... what speed are things perfect at?
Received through the electronic ether today many thanks!
Chinese whispers are at play it seems ... a couple of notes have been changed from the suggested loop and although it doesn't really affect the bigger issue at hand I wonder is there a reason for that?
For me the most interesting of these (by far) is the slowest of the three. I've put it alongside a click track and slowed it down further. What do you pick up from this "zoom-in"?
I shall wear the pin with pride :-) Well, this is turning out to be a rather interesting exercise. That note is definitely a bit early and the foot tap does help to identify the issue. Perhaps worse, it's also a bit faint-hearted for a note positioned at the important 'and-of-4' whose job is to kick start the next bar rhythmically and harmonically. Interestingly, when talking about jazz the swing is typically implicit hence 'and-of-4' rather than 'a-of-4-and-a'. For this sort of detailed analysis your approach of making the swing explicit seems very helpful. Video to follow soon.
As the first ever contributor in the Taplature forum I've pinned you with the "Founder Member" badge which I'll be limiting to 10 issued.
Any insights to report?
By way of example, and giving me a bit more practice on making videos like this ...
I know you have a tough schedule right now. Hoping the sort of practice prescribed feels more like a place of peace than a treadmill!
Well spotted, I was in too much of a hurry! It's Cmaj7 Eb7 D-7 G7. The Eb7 also subs nicely to C-. I'll give that a go in the next week or so.
Welcome Little White Dog!
To anyone passing through I'll just say that LWD and I have a little history. He's here as a favour to me helping to get the Taplature forum off the ground and I'm expecting to return the favour by helping tidy up some mild timing issues I've spotted in his playing.
Ok, down to business! The chords you've outlined above don't seem to fit with what I'm hearing. Anyway I've zoomed in on a loop of the first two bars of the solo (with pickup note) which seem to match Cm7, F7.
Here it is drawn up in Taplature and our first aim will be to iron out any issues in this section.
To my ear the note played on the third triplet of the top line, beat 4 is played notably early in your recording and I propose that what curing that issue entails will fill in a crack in your foundations which, once remedied for good, has beneficial effects elsewhere!
Over to you!
Could you post a 60 second loop of yourself playing round these two bars as written, along with a metronome or backing track? (If I've got the fingering wrong then feel free to stick with your preferred version)
A compilation of such loops at increasing speeds would be extra useful ... stress-testing things, let's say at 50, 75, 100, 125 and 150bpm. Don't worry about aiming for perfection; warts and all is ideal right now!
Your thoughts on what it takes/took to accomplish this would be revealing.