Saturday, May 28, 2005


I worked on improvising through Freddie The Freeloader again. I was less inspired than last night and was getting a little frustrated with my ability to hit the changes. I switched gears and tried some dorian exercises and felt at a loss for what to do. I thought going through more of Miles: Kind of Blue album might help, but I decided I should finish what I started with my other solos.

I went back to work on my Phillip Johnston transcription. I transcribed another 3rd of his solo. This isn’t my favorite part of the piece, and I was thinking of skipping it and going to the last part. Many of the licks are the same or similar, which is fine, but I noticed that he crapped out towards the end of this third. When I was listening to it, it sounded like he sort of ran out of steam, needed to take a breath and then regroup for the final chorus. Upon transcribing I found that not only did he crap out, but the bass player got lost. I didn’t realize it before, but the bass player lost where he was in the piece. It’s only a 2 bar phrase that he plays and then deviates. Upon one of his deviations he somehow lost where one was when Phillip lost steam in the playing. Phillip then, plays a long note to regroup everyone and then take off for the end. It’s a very dynamic solo because of it. It’s got a real low point. I think it’s neat that I didn’t really know what was happening until I wrote it out, or at least listened to it over and over.

After that, I casually practiced (noodled) using the tune’s Eb Lydian b7 scale. Just to get a feel for the fingerings. I had some fun, came up with some cool licks; nothing serious, but felt good to play.


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