Monday, 30 April 2012

Maiden Voyage Transcription

If, like me, you struggle finding interesting ideas soloing over static chords then take a look at my transcription from the first chorus of Herbie Hancock's 'Maiden Voyage'. It's packed with licks to get around static chords, check out the transcription here. Following on the same theme I'm working on Miles' solo from the classic 'So What'. Should be up next week, videos to follow!

Thursday, 12 April 2012

New Gear!

I've just picked up a second hand Alesis io|2 and have knocked up a quick little tune just to get to grips with it (and Reaper!) Anyways I think it turned turned out ok, the songs pretty uninspired but it's served it's purpose. Here's the tune if you wanna have a listen though!

Be-Hop by mattlawton

Saturday, 7 April 2012

Dexter Gordon's minor ii V i lick

Everyone needs a good minor ii V i lick, and here's one I pulled out of Dexter Gordon's solo on Blue Bossa, which can be heard on 'Biting the Apple'

Anyway, here's the lick! 
Things to look out for... 
     1. The odd timing he starts the lick on.
     2. The note choice for each chord: D-7b5 = F- (or a minor third up from D-7b5)
                                                                G7 = G Altered
                                                                C-7 = C Harmonic Minor (which is the usual scale choice for the i chord, but look out for his extra juicy sounding natural 7 on the first beat of bar 4.

Here's a video of my playing the first 2 chorus' of the solo. The lick in question appears at 0:31. For full transcription click here!