Open Improv Invite #64 - Backing Track Jam in E Minor

simoncroft

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May 30, 2013
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For anyone who wants it, this is the rough gist of the changes.

The Fender Rhodes intro:

Em7/// | Bm7/ Cmaj7/ | Em7/// | Bm7//Cmaj7 Baug |

After that:

Em7/// | Bm7/Cmaj7/ | (x1 intro x3 after that)
Am7/// | Cmaj7/ Bm7/ | B aug/// |

This is just an approximate guide for anyone who finds it helpful getting started.
 

IsaiasO

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Jun 11, 2019
788
Maryland, USA
TBH - I don't look at them either and not all videos have them. I just take notice of the key stated by the video and let my ears lead me from there. I don't analyze chord triads of every chord in the track. That's probably a limitation of mine, but my brain is shrinking and I just can't fit anything more in there, so... <---- i.e., I'm getting lazier in my old age.

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Alan L Cole

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Jan 29, 2018
1,918
NY
TBH - I don't look at them either and not all videos have them. I just take notice of the key stated by the video and let my ears lead me from there. I don't analyze chord triads of every chord in the track. That's probably a limitation of mine, but my brain is shrinking and I just can't fit anything more in there, so... <---- i.e., I'm getting lazier in my old age.

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It's not that I don't look at them, my experience is that they are usually not provided so I don't expect them nor do I think to look for them in the BT. I'm probably better off figuring the chords/changes and the key out by ear (I hope ;)).
 

simoncroft

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May 30, 2013
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I enjoy working out the changes for myself, because it's good ear training. Also, it gives you a chance to work out the foundation of what you're setting out to do. That said, I didn't listen far enough in, so the middle section was a surprise. While I didn't play anything particularly stupid, I didn't exactly make the best of those changes.

 

PatrickM

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Mar 18, 2021
145
Surrey, B.C., Canada
Thanks @IsaiasO. I did two takes but I couldn't decide which one is "better" and so both are below( wretched excess, I know). It would be madness to think that someone would listen to each and so I have provided some helpful descriptions to enable readers to select the alternative that is most suitable to themselves:

OPTION 1:
Happy and yet sad, atmospheric but at the same time firmly grounded, this track takes the listener on a wondrous journey which harkens back to the days of yore when our forefathers played ukelele by the fireside on the wagon trip out west. This complexly simple ode has been specifically curated for those who believe that music doesn't have to sound good to be good:




OPTION 2:
Clearly a homage to the convex nature of space and time, the cacophonous array of notes here combine to give the listener a strong feeling of homesickness ( or at least nausea) and yearning for unfulfilled pleasures. No, you won't find any melodies, harmonies or arpeggios within but I believe I did nail a couple of 16th notes in the middle of the passage. Caution: not recommended for those prone to seizures triggered by musical irregularities:



OPTION 3:

Yeah right, this is rock solid guaranteed to be utter cr*p! I'll pass and while I am at it, I'll take the opportunity to put this user on my ignore list.
 

stratobiker

Senior Stratmaster
Sep 16, 2011
2,544
France
Thanks @IsaiasO. I did two takes but I couldn't decide which one is "better" and so both are below( wretched excess, I know). It would be madness to think that someone would listen to each and so I have provided some helpful descriptions to enable readers to select the alternative that is most suitable to themselves:

OPTION 1:
Happy and yet sad, atmospheric but at the same time firmly grounded, this track takes the listener on a wondrous journey which harkens back to the days of yore when our forefathers played ukelele by the fireside on the wagon trip out west. This complexly simple ode has been specifically curated for those who believe that music doesn't have to sound good to be good:




OPTION 2:
Clearly a homage to the convex nature of space and time, the cacophonous array of notes here combine to give the listener a strong feeling of homesickness ( or at least nausea) and yearning for unfulfilled pleasures. No, you won't find any melodies, harmonies or arpeggios within but I believe I did nail a couple of 16th notes in the middle of the passage. Caution: not recommended for those prone to seizures triggered by musical irregularities:



OPTION 3:

Yeah right, this is rock solid guaranteed to be utter cr*p! I'll pass and while I am at it, I'll take the opportunity to put this user on my ignore list.


Inspired wordage....very funny!
Great takes too.
 


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