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Here's a pre TOTM lesson on Bluesette. I do this a lot but it's unintentional. So listen and give it a shot. From here we'll head into Bluesette.

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behng Tue, 11/09/2010 - 14:01


I don't know about pre-lesson; I think you summed it all up! Well said!


tonymiceli Wed, 11/10/2010 - 11:17

In reply to by behng

i heard someone talking about that and i thought. hmmm what about a pre lessons lessons. i think it works!

delisler Wed, 11/10/2010 - 02:35

Very helpful. I'm excited about this tune. Thank you Tony.

DanaSud Thu, 11/11/2010 - 16:06

Great Tony! Man, I knew Confirmation and Blues for Alice had the same changes but somehow had not connected Bluesette. Suddenly I know that tune in all 12 keys now. Thanks!

p.s. Behn's right. Sums it up well!

p.s.s. I made a 11/8 version of Bluesette as a challenging play a long. Any takers? Should I post it?

Wyld_Thing Thu, 11/11/2010 - 16:50

In reply to by DanaSud

I'd love to have a go at the 11/8 playalong! :)

DanaSud Fri, 11/19/2010 - 16:32

In reply to by Wyld_Thing


I just found this response of yours. Things get buried fast on this site but I saw it earlier this morning thanks to the unread posts link.

I am attaching the rough play a long version I have been practicing with. I took out the keyboard part so it wouldn't clash with substitutions or alterations I might make. If I get around to it, I will redo this track right and re-post as it's own thing. In the meantime, shred it!

Oh, and I attached my practice version done just a few minutes ago :)

vibraman Sat, 11/20/2010 - 03:45

In reply to by DanaSud

i like odd meters on common tunes! i think it´s a great exercise and 11/8 ain´t easy. i think the biggest problem is to get rid of the bass line pattern in your head to get more freedom while soloing.

DanaSud Sat, 11/20/2010 - 08:15

In reply to by vibraman

Not sure I know what you mean 100%. Do you feel restricted by the strict subdivisions (2-2-3-2-2) or specifically the bass figure on the track?

The idea for this comes from some Bulgarian songs I have been playing in 11/8. I just added a back beat and slapped a cruddy bass line on there so I could hear the harmony move. I made another version where the chords move twice as fast over the time which is very difficult for me to play over. The melody is easier to play in 11 over the faster chords though. Anyway, I hope you have a go at it Tarik.

vibraman Sat, 11/20/2010 - 11:05

In reply to by DanaSud

i mean more or less both. the bass figure as part of the arrangement is for sure ok. it´s not just about your take. i mean everytime i play in odd keys no matter if it´s drums or vibes i try to get rid of the subdivisions in my head and try to just feel the odd time, which is ofc not very easy on 11/8 as example. if i don´t do it i end up in accenting almost every 1 of the subdivisions or measure. if we play in 4/4 we are able to make phrasing and licks over the bars because we "feel" where the beat is. so we have freedom to play around it etc. i played in a turkish band which uses a lot of 11´s 9´s and 7´s the beginning i needed counting all this odd meters but if you are familiar with the melodys you get a feeling for this signatures and so you have a lot more space and freedom to solo over it.

it´s funny cause i already had practiced a 5/4 version of bluesette before you posted this.i thought to post a version of it if we come to the final part of the totm.

but i liked your 11/8 version very much just thought the bass arrangement get a bit boring after a while but i think it´s only because you were "too lazy" to program or play a more various bass part. your version is very very inspiring thanks for that dana!


DanaSud Sat, 11/20/2010 - 19:59

In reply to by vibraman

The bass part does get boring quickly :)

I look forward to hearing your 5/4 version!

dimitris Tue, 02/01/2011 - 09:19

In reply to by DanaSud

i did a play along with montuno
and another one playing solo.


Wyld_Thing Thu, 11/11/2010 - 04:15

Can't wait to have a go at this tune today!
Those parallel 2-5s should offer lots of things to play off... But I guess we should save that for the soloing lesson!


DanaSud Sat, 11/20/2010 - 18:29

I think Tony has covered this kind of idea in one of his lessons before. I was practicing lines on Bluesette and I came up with a chromatic descending sequence of minor 7 chords to play over the turnaround.

In Bb. The superimposed chord is in parenthesis.
Dmin (Amin7) - Db7 (Abmin7) - Cmin7 (Gmin7) - F7/B7 (F# min7)

Nothing earth shattering here, it just gives upper extensions.