Not a jazz tune, but has a kind of bossa flavour and some blues colours due to the use of the b5 in the verse melody. Over the past year I have spent a lot of time learning to play and transcribe music by ear, and this is one I have looked at over the past while - hence why I’m posting it today (perhaps the blues tutorial posted this week has been in my mind!). This is in E Minor with the blue note used to great effect. I am concentrating on writing my first vocal tunes this year, hence why I am focusing on interesting melodies to inspire me!
Hey Hayden - yes, I try to do at least some ear training daily if I can - I have a bunch of exercises from a course I did last year, or maybe I’ll just try to work out a melody by ear, or chords. It does take time to learn, and by failing forward too! My journey into making my own music came from being a hobbyist DJ and then re-editor/mixer but I had no music background before this other than as a listener… I mainly taught myself music theory relevant to funk and soul. Even up till recently I actually drew the MIDI notes straight into Ableton Live for melody and chords and had note label stickers on my keyboard keys!
The stabilisers have been off for a couple of months now and it feels good. I had produced a lot of stuff over an 18 month- 2 year period (mainly influenced as a relative newbie by a ‘more is more’ mindset from some producers I’d met online) - 2 albums worth - but I really worked myself into a rut. I’m giving myself a rough goal of an EP worth of new stuff by about October this year, but I already have some rough ( = rubbish) ideas that I can draw on. I’m happy to spend as much time as I need to in enjoying learning and learning to adapt jazz harmony and technique. There are no expectations, this is just my general goal.
I’d be totally happy to PM you a link to my existing stuff on Bandcamp if you like, but I would stress it is very amateur > I took it very seriously at the time, but like I say, I was using a quantity over quality approach at the time!
Thanks again for your time in responding and encouraging.
I wouldn’t be disheartened by things taking longer than expected… particularly with producing/composing your own music. It’s an area I’m yet to delve into!
It’s great to set goals, I do it regularly, often missing them, but I’m always moving in the right direction.
For sure, my email is firstname.lastname@example.org - don’t feel obliged to send me anything but I’ll certainly take a listen to anything you send over. Perhaps in the future, we could have an area of the forum for composition related topics.
My pleasure James, thanks for sharing your records/influences and being part of the community!.. that’s exactly why I set all this up and it’s great to see it developing and evolving
Thelonious Monk Competition winner, Kris Bowers gives us a comprehensive history of jazz piano, covering over 40 tunes (in just over 11 minutes).
This is a really fun video with Kris Bowers and his band presenting a brief taste of jazz piano through history. It moves really quickly (too quickly?) but has opened my mind to checking out some other players I either haven’t thought about lately or never even heard of.
Thelonious Monk Competition winner, Kris Bowers gives us a comprehensive history of jazz piano, covering over 40 tunes.