What Record Are You Listening To Today?


(Hayden Hill) #163

Love it James… such a groove!

It’s awesome to hear that you are transcribing by ear James.

I always try to stress how important it is, and also how liberating it is when you get the ball rolling!

I’d love to hear your tunes if you want to share them when they are ready.


(James Lambie) #164

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.


(Hayden Hill) #165

That sounds awesome James.

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! :smile:

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 hayden@pianogroove.com - 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 :slight_smile:


(Bryan Stern) #166

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.

Enjoy.

Thelonious Monk Competition winner, Kris Bowers gives us a comprehensive history of jazz piano, covering over 40 tunes.


(Bryan Stern) #167

(Bryan Stern) #168

Kris Bowers live. Really cool and beautiful stuff.


(Hayden Hill) #169

That’s awesome Bryan… thanks for sharing.

I have a lot of interest in the evolution of musical genres, check this out:

There used to be an interactive version where you could manually adjust the slider, and it was much higher quality too!

Unfortunately it was taken down and so now there is just the video which is lower resolution.


(James Lambie) #170

Thanks Hayden - yes, it’s great to see/hear all the influences and sounds on here. I’ll send you the link, and thanks for the encouraging words :smiley:


(Bryan Stern) #171

Thanks Hayden, very cool.


(Bryan Stern) #172

Here a real interesting video. A music lesson of sorts from the great Herbie Hancock. Enjoy.


(Hayden Hill) #173

This is awesome Bryan… I’ll be watching this a few times to fully absorb all the information.

I like how he incorporates bits of jazz history into his teaching.

Really great stuff!


(Hayden Hill) #174

I’m sure students have come across Marian McPartland’s Piano Jazz Show on NPR.

This one is my favourite. It’s a 50 minute interview with Bill Evans. It gives a rare glimpse into Bill Evans as a person, and also lots of his music which he performs live on the show.

He starts with “Waltz For Debbie” and his rendition of “Days Of Wine & Roses” is also superb!

If you have a drive somewhere, this is a nice thing to listen to in the background! :slight_smile:


(Bryan Stern) #175

I was pretty sure that you would enjoy it and get something from it. Very cool.


(Bryan Stern) #176

Hayden
I know this is somewhat off target in this thread, but getting back to the Herbie video lesson, I would absolutely love a Hayden lesson on Someone to Watch Over Me. This one pulls on my heartstrings so deeply.

Thanks so much and btw, I’m absolutely loving my piano lessons at Piano Groove and my teacher.


(James Lambie) #177

One of my favourite Herbie albums, Mr. Hands. There is a such a range of styles on there, a change at that time (1980) after the consistent run of his more funk and jazz-funk (and even disco with ‘Feets Don’t Fail Me Now’) flavours from his 70s albums - which are my favourites, but there’s something about the diverse nature of this album I love. This cut is awesome: appearing at first fairly standard syncopated disco funk, but then it drops into a jazz-funk freefall, and then builds and builds to drive back to the main theme to cap it all off.


(Hayden Hill) #178

Great tune Bryan and yes we can definitely cover it :slight_smile:

I’ve just posted an update in the tune request thread here: https://www.pianogroove.com/community/t/jazz-standards-vote-now/23/52

Any suggestions or recommendations for tunes to cover, post them there and then we have them all in one place.


That’s awesome, glad to hear you are enjoying the tuition.

There are lots of new additions in the pipeline over the next month or so which I’m excited to launch.


(Hayden Hill) #179

Great record James… thanks for sharing.

I have a lot to explore and discover with Herbie’s funk records and albums.

This is a nice starting point :slight_smile:


(Bryan Stern) #180

Wow. Didn’t think I would like this cut so much. Turns out I loved it. Really exhilarating. Thanks so much.


(James Lambie) #181

I know Bryan - it is a real grower! Glad you like it: I like the way he fused elements during that time. This was long before I knew he had a chord voicing named after him! :laughing:


(Bryan Stern) #182

James, you got me chuckling with that chord voicing comment. Yeah, I had no idea, And that is some really nice chord voicing.

Listening a second time to this cut. He’s really ripping it up. I’m dancing to the beat as I’m typing.