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Strat Talk Improv Challenges Revisited: #116 The Colonel

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  1. fezz parka

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    This one was suggested by Monte. It's Time Is Tight by Booker T & The MG's.

    The original thread: (Read it!)

    http://www.strat-talk.com/threads/st-improv-challenge-116-the-colonel.354708/

    The Backing Track: (If someone can make a downloadable, that'd be cool)



    My Take:



    Here's the challenge:

    The backing track is missing the guitars. Without them, it's kinda robotic. So your job is to be Steve Cropper. One of the wonderful things about this tune is the fact it needs no lead/improvisational part. No solos. So...play the rhythm parts. Mirror, double, harmonize the keyboard lines. Think of this as an arrangement exercise, not a compositional one. Play the tune.

    I chose to go Telstar on it with my arrangement. Space Twang Alpha X-Ray. STAX in space.

    It's four chords: C - F for the A section, G -D for the B section. The guitar parts in the A section are simple dyads. The B section give you room to accentuate the chord changes a little, but try to play a supporting role to them. The chords really are the focal point. The guitar "lead" part is really just 1-3-5-6 arpeggios. Stay true to them.

    Here's one of my favorite versions:



    This is one of my favorite songs of all time. It puts me in a good mood anytime I hear it. It's rather brilliant. I hope you guys enjoy it and remember....you're you playing the role of Steve Cropper. :D
     
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    That's beautiful Chris! Very nice take on the backer.
     
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    Just remember...play the tune. There are core elements that must be there.

    I was watching a Mike Campbell interview on yootoob about playing with Fleetwood Mac. He said there are core/signature parts that he has to play on most of the songs...no real room for improv...not a lot of room for him to be him other than short glimpses. He has to be Lindsey on all the hits. I'd love to hear him do Oh Well! :D
     
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    well, this was not one of the three i thought of! (Dark End of the Street, Feelin Good and A Day in the Life)

    awesome! and lo! my original take from july 2015 still exists! (saints preserve us)

     
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    Yeah it is. That'll learn me not to listen to him while I am working on my own shizz.
     
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    I'll have a listen to my previous epic fail on this and try again. Because Cropper makes it sound simple, I fell into the trap of thinking it was simple. Oh no, there's a reason he's called The Colonel, and that because he's always right on top.
     
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    The beauty of it is that it's simple. The difficulty of it is staying true to keeping it simple and to the point. Checking your ego at the door. Being an ensemble. Playing for the tune.

    1-3 dyads. 1-3-5-6 arpeggios. A couple of big chords for the G and D. All meticulously placed and never stepping on Mr. Jones or Duck. Masterful shizz. :)

    More inspiration:

     
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    well, i've been working on other stuff today at home (so i can have music playing), and i think i've listened to the original recording of this 30-40 times. i still love it.
     
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    Why is it a British audience can never clap in time? :D
     
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    I've dug out my original take. It has its moments, but it really didn't keep to 'the brief' very well. I shall try to do better:

     
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    The original challenge was improv. This revisit is the opposite. I like both of those takes from back then.

    Now...lets play the tune. :)
     
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    that groove is its own special thing... i played it some today - it brought to mind that awesome vid where carol kaye schools gene simmons... (to his credit, he takes the schooling)
     
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    I’m working on rhythm part, it’s a challenge. All I know is I need bridge pickup lol
     
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    LOL that’s exactly what @Thrup'ny Bit told me yesterday.
     
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    I can do a video of it... It's very easy to finger. The feel is the hard part.
     
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    did you see the Green Onions thread? in an interview BT said that the simplicity is deceptive and that he still has to practice it to get the feel right.
     
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    That would be awesome my brother! :)
     
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    I found this last night:

     
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