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I listened to Tony's post and thought this was a fun idea. I thought the dominant #11 in the Take The A Train thing was a dead give away though! So I thought it may be really fun to try an obscure standard with less obvious chord motion. As personal punishment for doing this, I've decided to do this in Db in order to make it harder on myself, oh why god!
Ok, a few hints: This tune is typically played in Eb. The 2nd part of the tune after the first 8 measures should give it away if you know the tune. Even though many standards sound "the same" harmonically, there's usually at least a couple of measures that make it unique and not just a bunch of ii-V-I progressions. If you're not familiar with this song, then post what the changes are. Have fun!


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tonymiceli Wed, 01/04/2012 - 10:56

damn!@#!@$!#$ i almost hear the tune, especially when it goes to Db min or Bmaj (you know where i mean)? i'll keep thinking about this. i can probably play the changes back and will soon.

tonymiceli Wed, 01/04/2012 - 14:46

give me another chorus.

i almost see the tune. i get the first half. and i see what's happening in the second half, but you're delaying something or something. there's something funny about the second half. i'm dying to know what this tune is, but i won't ask yet. i'm sure i have the first half and when i comp i almost know what the tune is.

but maybe another deliberate chorus would do it.

anyone else know what this tune is? DON'T NAME, JUST PLAY A CHORUS OF THE CHANGES.

BarryK Wed, 01/04/2012 - 16:07

In reply to by behng

Is this tune from any of the Real Books? If not, it ain't a standard in my book. LOL.


tonymiceli Wed, 01/04/2012 - 23:04

In reply to by behng

i love this game!

well it's as hard as the tune you pick, i guess. you picked a less common tune? or should we know what this is? i really and honestly recognize it but can't put the melody on top. as you know i hear the changes with a couple weird spots.

i'll listen to your new version soon!

tonymiceli Thu, 01/05/2012 - 16:09

In reply to by behng

damn!!!! i hear the changes clear as day and i recognize the middle section. major to minor stuff, but i can't think of it. i'll play my chorus to prove i know, but i don't know the name of the tune. but don't tell me yet!

BarryK Fri, 01/06/2012 - 19:09

In reply to by behng

Keep this going for new folks joining. Just have them email you, or, post a cheat link to somewhere else on the site. Tony, can you have pages that don't normally show up in the Recent Activity list?

I am still working on it, Behn. Started transcribing your second chorus :-)


BarryK Wed, 01/04/2012 - 19:16


I emailed you my guess. I got the first three chords so far. Still working on the rest...


behng Sat, 01/28/2012 - 13:08

Here's an interesting challenge to see how well you can hold a tempo unaccompanied without the aid of practice loops or a metronome:

1. Pick a tune and record yourself doing a chorus or two.
2. Put a pair of headphones into the recording device and listen back a few times.
3. If you have a keyboard with a good bass sound or a rhodes, walk a bass line to your chorus.
4. While listening to your vibes part on headphones, play the bass line and record that. Make sure you use headphones so the vibes part doesn't leak through when you record the bass.
5. Find a way to combine the two recordings and see how they line up. I used Audacity and imported my vibes and bass parts and lined the waves up.

You can hear my attached version. Overall, I felt it was reasonably consistent, even though there was a spot in the second section where I had to pull back alot, haha! But anyway, this is not only a great exercise in time, but harmonic clarity and learning about bass lines!


BarryK Sat, 01/28/2012 - 15:32

In reply to by behng

Thanks, Behn.

I had asked Behn to help me with the time in his 2nd chorus recording. I couldn't feel it. The bass definitely helps.

Re: 5, above. Didn't you use Audacity's multi-track capability? You can hear one track while recording your new track. (Tracks->Add New). Just import your vibes part, then overdub the bass in another track. No need to line up manually. You may need to adjust the latency if they are mismatched (Preferences->Recording->Latency->Latency Correction (I use -170 milliseconds on my Mac). Create one track clicking your sticks. Then, create a new track, clicking with the first track. On playback, you will be able to see if the waveforms don't match exactly. Adjust the latency.


behng Mon, 01/30/2012 - 12:53

In reply to by BarryK

Man, I can't believe I didn't think of that before! The thing is, I find a system that works and I stick with it, no matter how silly it is, haha! Thanks for the info!


BarryK Wed, 02/01/2012 - 20:03

In reply to by behng


Can you upload the bass track separately?