The Amazing Slow Downer
As you guys know, I love to transcribe. For many reasons. I just love playing along with solos that I like to hear and I like to study players solos. Right now I've been playing Chick's solo to 'Humpty Dumpty' with Pattituci and Weckle. It's amazing to me to peek into his mind. It seems like to me he does some amazing symmetrical things. He's got me into thinking about shapes. Now whether he's thinking that or not is not the question for me, it's what I come up with. It's stimulating me to think of approaches and things and that's my favorite part about music.
I'm a total tech guy and can usually figure out how to do something. I've been using different programs to do different things, like play a bar or 2 over and over. Or to take something very very fast and slow it down to hear it.
I always blew off the 'Amazing Slow Downer' because I thought I had plenty of tools to use for my music analysis.
I did try it out recently, fell in love with it and use it. It's a very simple program, but powerful as well. Not only can you slow things down and change the pitches of things (great for old recordings out of tune). You can also take a piece of the tune and repeat and slowly change where it starts and where it ends.
The other REALLY cool thing is you can set all the different things it does to midi events. So I took my oxygen 8 v2 and set it up to work with the software. The keyboard can be right next to me, and I can play a couple bars over and over on the vibes and then hit a key and it plays a little more on the end and I can have it grow and learn the solo that way. That was cool.
So I thought I would tell you guys about the program. I'm sure some of you guys already use it. I think for many reasons it's a great program for practicing.