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Here's a chord etude on fried bananas.

you're job is to add the chords and the alterations. If you have questions post them here.

I'll include a demo, a midi file, and the finale file. You can use these however.

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vibraman Wed, 03/23/2011 - 07:49

hey tony, i gave it a look yesterday evening and now. in bar 6 are you sure the bass note is B? it sounds very cool but why? since the chord there i figuered out on the melody would not fit. the chord you play there i would name as Bmaj7#11

tonymiceli Wed, 03/23/2011 - 09:43

I play Abmaj7 there
Eb / G-7b5 C7. / F-7. /. a-7b5 D7 / Gmin / Abmaj7 / Gmin / C7

But all my students play. Amin7b5 D7 / Eb / Db7 / C7

So I did it that way. I think with all these tunes you should know all the subs and all the versions.

Which do you guys play?

Babu Wed, 03/23/2011 - 10:26

In reply to by tonymiceli

I play A-7b5 D7(bassC) /Eb /Abmaj79/G-7b5 /C7. Playing C7 on bar 7 sounds "old" (you'll have to stay on C7 on bar 8 too), i prefer a preparation with G-7b5/C7 for the F-7 on bar 9.
On bar 6, if you play the Abmaj7/9 rootless, it sounds like a Eb6 too, then for me it depends of what i'm thinking or/and hearing in my head when I play.
Others solutions ?

vibraman Wed, 03/23/2011 - 14:35

In reply to by tonymiceli

if you play Db7 your voicings makes sense. but i was also for Abmaj and so i had a problem with your B. both make sense and i think i also like the dominant suspense better.

dimitris Thu, 03/24/2011 - 04:07

to tell you the truth i don't understand the job we have to do...

please help...

vibraman Thu, 03/24/2011 - 04:20

In reply to by dimitris

just play the etude and write down the chords you hear.

vibraman Thu, 03/24/2011 - 04:54

slow and some changes specially in bar 20. i wrote down the chord symbols of tonys voicings how i hear them and which makes me more easy to play his etude.this chord symbols don´t fit always with the original changes. like in bar 6 i hear it as a Bmaj7#11. writing down that symbol helps me to play the voicings quicker cause that voicing i would use for that chord get what i mean? if anyone is interested i can post my own chord symbols...


tonymiceli Thu, 03/24/2011 - 08:33

In reply to by vibraman

Bar six is a Db9 right? The ideas is to write down the correct changes. But if you hv the Db down and also are thinking about what it "looks" like then that's cool? I do that a lot. But make sure you are studying the REAL HARMONY ALSO.

vibraman Thu, 03/24/2011 - 08:38

In reply to by tonymiceli

i know what you mean and i know the original hamrony also. but it´s crazy how some strange chord symbols like my Bmaj#11 fit in there.

tonymiceli Thu, 03/24/2011 - 14:42

In reply to by vibraman

yeah if you really know the original chord changes then that's cool. i do it all the time also!

tonymiceli Thu, 03/24/2011 - 08:36

In reply to by vibraman

Now metronome two and four and a little quicker..... Oh yeah key of Ab

tjaco Sat, 03/26/2011 - 20:25

In reply to by vibraman

Hey Tarik,

The Bmaj7#11 is NOT strange at all, if you think of the Db7 chord, do you see what I mean. It's just 7-9-3-13 of the Db7, see?

Also The original chord there is Abmaj7, at least that's what I think. And also on the tune It could happen to You. But actually it doesn't matter on both tunes, because in the melody there is no third being played. That's why the Db7 also works.

And remember the Db7 is just a IV minor chord in disguise. See what I mean. it's actually Abmin.

Do you notice the differences also between It Could Happen and Fried Bananas?

The Gb in the Abmin chord dexter plays(and Tony has in his voicing) doesn't at all correspond to It Could Happen, because the melody there has a g. Also the Dmin7 sounds strange in my ears actually. I hear more of a dmin7b5 there. But maybe that'S just me.

Cool Etude Tony. I'll try to play it through also. Actually been working on playing it could happen in a few keys too.


dimitris Sat, 03/26/2011 - 14:19

this is my version. it was really helpful to learn the chords of the tunes, especially the thing that we had to find and write down the alterations of the chords. very nice lesson!


tonymiceli Sat, 03/26/2011 - 15:59

In reply to by dimitris

cool jim! now here's a challenge. turn those voicings into a solo. using just those notes, play a solo. get it???

vibraman Sat, 03/26/2011 - 19:29

In reply to by tonymiceli

sounds heavy...if you got time can you give us an example e.g of the first 4 bars?

tonymiceli Sun, 03/27/2011 - 02:20

In reply to by vibraman

i'm also getting the next lesson ready.

so don't let me forget to do this (-----marie, help me!!!! :-) )

dimitris Sun, 03/27/2011 - 06:12

In reply to by tonymiceli

i think that solo in 2 ways.
first play try to create lines from the head of the chords and second from the whole chord. i try to stick on the head of the chords and then create lines from the rest chord...