Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Tim Price Bloggin' For D'Addario Woodwinds- Bringing the you...into the music.



 Tim Price Bloggin' For D'Addario Woodwinds- 
  Bringing the you...into the music.


The point here is to emphasize what Rilling calls the "architecture" of the music. For example, the way Pablo Casals varied the tempo according to what he was trying to convey. The words , You Got to Be Original, Man!Come from Lester Young.The quote said it all. Hopefully, what's going to be remembered, the present living person whoever it is, whether it's Casals, Bach, Coltrane or Lester Young in the context of the art form, its tradition, its future, its present, and that whole mixture together. I have great respect for the "tradition," the rules, and playing it within context and everything, I think it's great, but…what are YOU creating as an offering.Try to think the term "syntax" , which means a vernacular, a way of speaking. This music is speech and dialect. And there is a way of speaking. A common form and feeling.


The vibe of a sax player who walks the bar and a guy cross legged in India in a trance blowing –It’s all the same- they BOTH are after the same thing. It’s…that thang…that place the music goes. Like that groove that exists in R &B AND Jazz and Indian ragas.In essence, we really have something called the language, the syntax, the vernacular, and it's immediately transferable to personal creation anyway. So in jazz, the art form itself says you're supposed to individualize it , that's the point . All that's understood, but your goal is not to repeat or to objectify this thing. It's to take it and have it be a living thing that you put your personality on. The goal sould be- to try to bring a spiritual dimension to the music.Be it some booty shaking funky jazz, a swinging standard or your agenda. I feel that the music speaks absolutely louder than any dogma, any words can speak at all. And in the end, the music is connected- there's a great book by Hazrat Inayat Khan of the Sufis. It's about how music ties into the "realms" and everything like that. It's just an understood, it's a given.

In my thinking it is an artist's duty is to try to get in touch with that vibe through his work.Not to get some in the shadow of another player that it's just silly- or worse.Inspiration is one thing- being a copy cat is just that.Do you want to cop Jagger or Sonny Rollins so much that when folks hear or see you they say " Oh yea, he stands like Jagger, or oh...he sounds sorta like Rollins. Be the best YOU you can be- live with it.It's the work and it's the art that will do. SO.. it's freedom, individual creativity ! Nobody can be a better YOU than YOU. It is obviously possible, as many do, to improvise within certain stylistic or other constraints.<> While this is perfectly valid, and while it transcends such constraints, such as simplicity vs complexity, tonal vs atonal, intellectual vs intuitive, and so on. A step towards music-making where all possibilities can be genuinely embraced.There is a strong sense in which this really is playing music. Approached like this, it unlocks the natural, spontaneous creativity within each participant who lets the process flow deep and operates simultaneously on many levels. This is a very liberating experience and is often found to be therapeutic as well. It feels good to start from zero, or just be you. So this is what's going on now, what I'm thinking about. Lester Young is right. I hope you enjoy it-

Peace and goodwill to you all, Tim Price
 

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Tim Price Bloggin' For D'Addario Woodwinds- Working on standard tunes;styles and analysis for study. Part 3 harmony.

 



Tim Price Bloggin' For D'Addario Woodwinds- Working on standard tunes;styles and analysis for study. Part 3 harmony.

 Here is Part 3 of....The styles and analysis blogs to help students of every level get a focus on developing repertoire. This is Part 3 basic harmony.

The nuts and bolts of basic skills- you need to know. To play and perform.
This is NOT a end all list, it is something to get you started thinking of how easy this stuff is- Just make a point to do it. We'll start with a basic list of recording you NEED to hear and know of. You’ve heard the expression that there is an “art of listening”.  What you are hearing in any small group jazz setting is in essence a conversation and a shared language. The subject matter changes with each composition and each performance begins the process anew. Every piece inherently contains a musical puzzle to be worked out by the players spontaneously.  In the final analysis it is the process which you, the listener, observes. Just as in everyday life, when a group of individuals meet to solve common problems,  it is the joy of mutual discovery that can be so uplifting and inspiring . Many are on you tube. Get started now! Not a definitive list - But one that IS accessible to YOU TUBE and quick downloads- A starting point if you will.



NEXT....Is a set of 11 -V in all the keys- This is a life study.
Write them out and memorize them and play the inversions. Listen. I got 2 words for you Sonny Stitt. The master of these changes and a genius saxophonist.


And finally....a few questions to answer. If you have problems it's time to get into the shed and work on them. You want to be proficient and fluent.



This should open some ideas for you and define a lot of basic skill- listening study. Coming up we will get into phrasing. Phrasing is the most important element in all music. It means the way somebody speaks, beyond the content .In jazz everything is individual, having one’s own sound and approach. Remember the most important element is nuance, how do you take a note and make it yours. The second is rhythm.The way you play your eight notes and your rhythmic ideas will immediately have an effect on the rhythm section. Think about this...and I'll see you next week!  ~ Tim Price

            DOES ANYBODY LOOK FAMILIAR IN THIS PICTURE?





 

Friday, January 12, 2018

Tim Price Bloggin' For D'Addario Woodwinds- Working on standard tunes;styles and analysis for study. Part 2..

Tim Price Bloggin' For D'Addario Woodwinds- Working on standard tunes;styles and analysis for study.Part 2.





 Here is Part 2 of....
The styles and analysis blogs to help students of every level get a focus on developing repertoire.As I said-  These tunes are necessary tunes and everybody’s repertoire… You should not be playing these tunes on a gig with an iPad or real book they should be memorized. These are common language tunes-tunes to have fun with. Plus they are the core of real jazz playing and fun. 

Here is Part 2.





Tunes for Memorization 


Anthropology Charlie Parker Summit Meeting at Birdland
Au Privave Charlie Parker Swedish Schnapps - The Genius of Charlie Parker
Blue Train John Coltrane Blue Train
Dig Sonny Rollins Dig
Donna Lee Charlie Parker Bird/ The Savoy Recordings
Just Friends Charlie Parker Charlie Parker with Strings
I'm Old Fashioned/ballad John Coltrane Blue Train
Nica's Dream Hank Mobley Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers
On Green Dolphin Street Cannonball Adderley Jazz Track
Oleo John Coltrane Relaxin' with the Miles Davis Quintet
Stompin' at the Savoy Phil Woods Legrand Jazz

Additional Tunes for Memorization...research these as I did the above. All of these  and the tunes from last week's blog- YOU HAVE TO KNOW. Blue Monk; Confirmation; Dewey Square; Have You Met Miss Jones; I Got Rhythm; Just Friends; Lazy Bird; Ojos de Rojo; Star Eyes

Think on your feet. These are fun as I said a million times and a gateway to real playing.
 From a harmony side-  ‘Autumn Leaves’ by Joseph Kosma . I chose this tune because the harmony is great being mainly in one key which makes it easy to improvise over. I dig the way in which the chords circle using 4th movements in a logical manner (i.e. Cm-F7-Bbma-Ebma etc). 
Next  " Stella". In addition, the tune has many great harmonic movements and modulations, using common jazz changes  by resolving or sequencing through uncommon chords resulting harmonic underpinning is fantastic, with waves of tension heightened by the +7 chord at the bridge and the series of descending minor 2-5’s in the 4th section.
  ‘All of Me’   which uses a simple but effective melody set against a long series of secondary dominant chords that move around and against the pitch axis (of C Major). Listening to Louis Armstrong’s version and anything he plays and sings gives me goose-bumps! 

Last but not least- For now on, when you learn a new piece of music you need to analyze your tunes first.
Figure out what the important patterns are. How the melody relates to this too! Listen to the masters versions as I'm mentioning here- Play along with the CD.
A big part of learning how to play jazz is learning how to play standards.
And playing jazz  means choosing repertoire from and studying the Great American Songbook.
As a teacher, I’m often asked which tunes  a student should learn when starting their exploration of jazz.
In this set of blogs, you’ll learn  standards that every musician should study.
These jazz standards cover a wide range of chord progressions and prepare you for your first, or next, jam session or gig.


 These tunes should become 2ed nature to you. Learn the melody and be able to swing it without a band or play along.

  • Rhythm Changes
  • Cherokee
  • All the Things You Are
  • Stella by Starlight
  • There is No Greater Love
  • Tune up
     

 OK- More coming your way- stay tuned! Thanks- Tim Price








Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Tim Price Bloggin' For D'Addario Woodwinds- Working on standard tunes;styles and analysis for study.




I’m going to do a few styles and analysis blogs to help students of every level get a focus on developing repertoire. These tunes are necessary tunes and everybody’s repertoire… You should not be playing these tunes on a gig with an iPad or real book they should be memorized. These are common language tunes-tunes to have fun with. As well as the threshold any serious saxophone player should be crossing. 

The first set of tunes I’ll include the recording that it came from and also the artist that you should investigate and study. The additional tunes that I list is your homework you have to do the same thing go to YouTube find your favorite version play along with the tune. You won’t find a better version of "autumn leaves" then Gene Ammons version. But you have to be the judge of what works best for you. Take your time and get started and focus.

You’re going to be having some fun- hope this helps.


Tunes for Memorization & Study


Tune; Artist, Album, Source
Corcovado Cannonball Adderley Cannonball Adderley and the Bossa Rio Sextet




Dexter Digs In Dexter Gordon Long Tall Dexter/The Savoy Sessions
Ecaroh Hank Mobley Art Blakely and the Jazz Messengers
For Regulars Only Dexter Gordon Manhattan Syndrome
Maiden Voyage George Coleman Maiden Voyage
Now's the Time Charlie Parker Confirmation: The Best of the Verve Years
Over the Rainbow Sonny Stitt Soul Electricity
Song for my Father Joe Henderson Song for My Father
Speak No Evil Wayne Shorter Speak No Evil

Additional Tunes for Memorization

                  A flyer from back in the day at a Jazz Fest with great legends '


Autumn Leaves; Billie's Bounce; Doxy; Groovin High; Just Friends; Killer Joe; Misty; Softly, As In a Morning Sunrise; Stella by Starlight Things Ain't What They Used To Be, Soft Winds, Lullaby Of The Leaves, Making Whoopee.
          Su Terry & I playing in NYC. . .



Also- I've included some suggested recordings that will help you focus in on where tempos and feel should be coming from. See you next week! Thanks- Tim Price




    Thursday, December 21, 2017

    Tim Price Bloggin' For D'Addario Woodwinds- Holiday thoughts- stuff to shed.


    Tim Price Bloggin' For D'Addario Woodwinds- Holiday thoughts- stuff to shed.

     





    A couple of people, were asking about use of altissimo- and ways to do it. This uses chords and a nice chord sound to get your high end chops stronger and..practical. Enjoy.
     

    There is not just one way. BUT- To really put it to use, you got to use it as_part of the horn_in a harmonic way. Some of my favorite players like Joe Farrell, John Handy, Michael Brecker or Charlie Mariano did just that! Here is a chord study using the full range of the horn. This is NOT sight reading, You'll get results, and it will also be useful.Take you time and go at a workable tempo- Remember Newark wasn't built in a day - Hope this helps.





     


      Learning to be thankful is an essential part of being happy. It helps us appreciate the things that we have right now. You might feel that don’t have a lot to be thankful for. However, you should realize that there are people out there who would want to trade places with you.

    These Thank you so much, images is one way of reminding yourself that you have so much to be thankful and grateful for.  Be thankful that you are still breathing, that you have friends and family around you. Be grateful for the beautiful world around you. Smile to a random person at least once a day! It will make you both feel better. AND- BE THANKFUL YOU CAN PLAY MUSIC...for those dear readers who read this blog who are musicians. It's another kind of gift.



     
    Whether it's playing with a cool band,or some friends playing Monk tunes, writing a really good line of poetics,learning some new ideas or tunes, or connecting with and enjoying your students.All are gifts that I continue to be thankful for, and always will be.We now have to believe in our true selves and realize that what we do is a gift!

    BELOW. . . Is a recipe for soup for the holidays...your going to have some fun!!!

    I make this Christmas Soup for the holidays every year. In other words, it’s a tradition.


    1. 1 pound kielbasa, sliced 1/4-inch thick, on the bias
    2. Vegetable oil, as needed
    3. 8 cloves garlic, minced
    4. 1 pound dried red kidney beans, soaked for at least 4 hours or overnight
    5. 2 quarts chicken broth
    6. 1 pound red potatoes, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
    7. 6 ounces fresh kale, washed, rinsed and torn into 1-inch pieces
    8. 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
    9. 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, freshly ground


    PROCEDURE
    1. Brown the kielbasa in a 7-quart Dutch oven and set over medium-low heat until it has rendered most of its fat, about 15 minutes. Remove the kielbasa from the pot and set aside. If you do not have a least 2 teaspoons of fat, add enough vegetable oil to make 2 teaspoons.
    2. Cook the garlic in the fat for 1 to 2 minutes, stirring constantly to prevent the garlic from burning. Add the beans and chicken broth and cook, covered, for 45 minutes. After 45 minutes, stir in the potatoes, cover and cook for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
    3. Toss the kale into the pot, cover and cook for an additional 10 minutes, or just until it is tender, but not mushy.
    4. Sprinkle with the vinegar and pepper and stir to combine. Return the kielbasa to the pot and cook just until heated through. Taste and adjust seasoning. Serve hot.

      So- till next week - practice hard and eat more vegetables and fruit. Don't forget to do something nice for somebody too, remember compassion is essential with each other. I hope these words help motivate you to explore your music even more. Keep the channel ope
     
    Enjoy the holiday and the moment. Thank you-Tim ......




    Tuesday, December 19, 2017

    Tim Price Bloggin' For D'Addario Woodwinds- Holiday thoughts- stuff to shed.

     





    A couple of people, were asking about use of altissimo- and ways to do it. This uses chords and a nice chord sound to get your high end chops stronger and..practical. Enjoy.
     

    There is not just one way. BUT- To really put it to use, you got to use it as_part of the horn_in a harmonic way. Some of my favorite players like Joe Farrell, John Handy, Michael Brecker or Charlie Mariano did just that! Here is a chord study using the full range of the horn. This is NOT sight reading, You'll get results, and it will also be useful.Take you time and go at a workable tempo- Remember Newark wasn't built in a day - Hope this helps.





     


      Learning to be thankful is an essential part of being happy. It helps us appreciate the things that we have right now. You might feel that don’t have a lot to be thankful for. However, you should realize that there are people out there who would want to trade places with you.

    These Thank you so much, images is one way of reminding yourself that you have so much to be thankful and grateful for.  Be thankful that you are still breathing, that you have friends and family around you. Be grateful for the beautiful world around you. Smile to a random person at least once a day! It will make you both feel better. AND- BE THANKFUL YOU CAN PLAY MUSIC...for those dear readers who read this blog who are musicians. It's another kind of gift.



     
    Whether it's playing with a cool band,or some friends playing Monk tunes, writing a really good line of poetics,learning some new ideas or tunes, or connecting with and enjoying your students.All are gifts that I continue to be thankful for, and always will be.We now have to believe in our true selves and realize that what we do is a gift!

    BELOW. . . Is a recipe for soup for the holidays...your going to have some fun!!!

    I make this Christmas Soup for the holidays every year. In other words, it’s a tradition.


    1. 1 pound kielbasa, sliced 1/4-inch thick, on the bias
    2. Vegetable oil, as needed
    3. 8 cloves garlic, minced
    4. 1 pound dried red kidney beans, soaked for at least 4 hours or overnight
    5. 2 quarts chicken broth
    6. 1 pound red potatoes, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
    7. 6 ounces fresh kale, washed, rinsed and torn into 1-inch pieces
    8. 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
    9. 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, freshly ground


    PROCEDURE
    1. Brown the kielbasa in a 7-quart Dutch oven and set over medium-low heat until it has rendered most of its fat, about 15 minutes. Remove the kielbasa from the pot and set aside. If you do not have a least 2 teaspoons of fat, add enough vegetable oil to make 2 teaspoons.
    2. Cook the garlic in the fat for 1 to 2 minutes, stirring constantly to prevent the garlic from burning. Add the beans and chicken broth and cook, covered, for 45 minutes. After 45 minutes, stir in the potatoes, cover and cook for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
    3. Toss the kale into the pot, cover and cook for an additional 10 minutes, or just until it is tender, but not mushy.
    4. Sprinkle with the vinegar and pepper and stir to combine. Return the kielbasa to the pot and cook just until heated through. Taste and adjust seasoning. Serve hot.







      So- till next week - practice hard and eat more vegetables and fruit. Don't forget to do something nice for somebody too, remember compassion is essential with each other. I hope these words help motivate you to explore your music even more. Keep the channel ope

     
    Enjoy the holiday and the moment. Thank you-Tim ......





    Tuesday, December 12, 2017

    Tim Price Bloggin' For D'Addario Woodwinds- a organized way to approach transcribing.




    Following is a step by step, organized way to approach transcribing.
    TRANSCRIBING

    1. Begin with short forms, simple solos. Prez < Lester Young > is a perfect starting player to study.
    2. Look for a tune for which you know the progression when possible, or try to find the progression in good legal fake book.
    3. Check your turntable/cassette deck with a piano or tuner to assure proper pitch and key.
    4. Tape your selection in order to make re-listen- ing to a particular phrase easier to do.
    5. Re-play problem (or fast) passages at 1/2 speed (7 1/2 to 3 3/4 IPS on tape or 33 to 16 1/2 on a turntable). This lowers the pitch one octave and reduces the tempo.
    6. It is best to use your own instrument to transcribe with, rather than a piano (unless you are a pianist). It is sometimes helpful to use a piano to solve questions about the harmony.
    7. On a sheet of manuscript paper, mark off the number of measures (using double bars to delineate sections if you desire) and write the chord changes above the measures. Use slash marks to indicate where chords fall in measures where there are two or more chords. During this process you should be listening to become aware of the form of the tune, identifying "guideposts" (number of bars in each section, recurring rhythmic figures, recurring phrase patterns, etc.) which might help you as you progress to the "note by note" process of the transcription.

    8. On a separate sheet of paper begin your transcription of the solo line. Begin by putting the pitches in each measure or phrase using only note heads; fill in the beams and stems (rhythms) after completion of each few bars.

    Be sure to refer back to your chord/form sheet ,knowledge of the harmony might be helpful in identifying " not heard pitches" in the solo line.
    9. If you encounter problems in identifying the pitches in order.Many times, identifying the more easily heard pitches in a measure or phrase will make the mystery notes easier to find.
    10. Play back phrases or sections at regular speed to check for accuracy; play along with the recording.
    11. Play along with the whole solo as much as you can, without the music. If you have used your own instrument to transcribe the solo you will be surprised at how easy it is to play the solo from memory.


    Check it out and enjoy.... also- for some more ideas....check through these ; IF...you want some ideas on ii-v's...look here; http://www.timpricejazz.com/lessons/iiV.pdf '

    If your looking for a nice warm up / sax sound study-look here; http://www.timpricejazz.com/lessons/sax_warmup.pdf

    for info on tune study; look here; http://www.timpricejazz.com/lessons/learningatune.html

    reed info, look here; http://www.timpricejazz.com/lessons/dealingwreeds.html sax players food

    for thought:look here; http://www.timpricejazz.com/lessons/creativepurity.html

    A nice jazz line using II-V. http://www.saxontheweb.net/Price/Dec00.html And a I-VI-II-V...of course http://www.saxontheweb.net/Price/Jul01.html

    If you check my web page- you'll find some intervallic studys on II- V. http://www.timpricejazz.com/lessons/intervalic1.jpg

    For those interested in some Bird & bop to shed...check out; http://www.saxontheweb.net/Price/Bird-ologyStudy.html http://www.saxontheweb.net/Price/Bird-ologyStudy.html

    Enjoy~ TIM PRICE