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Out of practice with this one, but here it is...


tjaco Wed, 08/06/2008 - 21:29

Hi Barry,

Sorry to barge in like this, but I thought I could help out a little. I've been studying with tony sometime now and have also done some stuff with donna lee.

Remember when you're practicing Donna Lee, that's it's actually an uptempo tune. What I mean by this is that if you practice it slow, you should try to play like you would play it fast. If you play fast you would play almost(or totally) even eight notes. You practice like you are playing in slow motion. Now what I mean?

A second thing you should consider carefully is the sticking you are using. If you play Donna Lee very fast, your sticking needs to be as easy as it could be. If you're playing slow you can smuggle a little on this, but you need to make sure that your sticking is easy enough to be able to play it fast. Just take it slow and figure out what the easiest way is to play all the notes.
In fact when I play donna lee, I can almost use alternate sticking. Check out how! It also depends a lot on with what mallet you start the tune.

if you want I can help you out more with that, but check that out yourself first.

good work!


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