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Practical Music Workshop #12 - Some Stuff i Like A Lot

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  1. dogletnoir

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    Welcome to the PMW for December 2019.
    i'll be hosting this month, and we've got a few different things to work on this time around.
    For starters, we'll be dealing with more chords than usual, but i'm pretty sure there's only one
    form that we haven't already encountered in previous PMWs: the B7b9 at the end of the B section.

    Here's the 'drums and bass only' track as a downloadable:

    For reference purposes, here's the rhythm track version:

    Here's the lead sheet with the chord changes:

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    The key signature of one sharp would indicate either G Major or E minor and the first and last
    chords are both E minor 7, so we can safely say that E minor is the basic tonality here, but there
    are some interesting tonal shifts going on as things progress... before we get into any harmonic
    analysis though, let's talk about the form and the arrangement of the piece.

    The form is a simple one: A B A C as indicated on the lead sheet.
    The arrangement has a 4 bar drum intro, an 8 bar vamp cycling between Emi7 and F#mi7,
    then A B A C and a 12 bar ending vamp outro cycling between the Emi7 and the F#mi7 again
    before the final Emi7 chord.
    EDIT: Medium fast tempo... i used a 6/8 feel at 120 BPM (if memory serves).

    Your mission, should you decide to accept it, will be to play a melody over the A section, play some
    variation on the melody or a counter-statement over the B section, solo over the 2nd A and C sections,
    and then return to some sort of melody over the vamp outro until the end.
    Here's my quick and dirty version:
    Some STuff I Like (A Lot)


    Some of you may already have guessed which tune this is based on, but if not, i'll give you another hint:
    i wanted to do something that was a bit festive and holiday-like in feeling but secular in content.

    Even if you do get it right away, let's save the renditions of the actual tune for the final week or so...
    that will give everyone time to work on it and polish it up in time for the holidays.
    In the meantime, let's see what kind of contrafacts we can come up with.


    i hope that you will enjoy Some Stuff I Like A Lot as much as i do.
    :D
     
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    Thank you for hosting December’s :)

    whats the tempo of the track?
     
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    YVW!
    The lead sheet asks for medium fast.
    The drums were done at 120 bpm in a 6/8 swing feel iirc.
     
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    Thank you! It felt like something wrong lol hence the 6/8 :D
     
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    It makes it feel more like the melody is 'floating' over the track, if you know what i mean.
     
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    Exactly :) it’s a challenge getting the rhythm with the beat. However, you always take a step forward by providing rhythm track to study. Thanks E!
     
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    Thank you very much for this @dogletnoir. I think I know what this is based on and so did Coltrane. :D
     
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    Well geez, way to give it away...
     
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    Thanks for hosting this @dogletnoir. I really wanted to participate in the last two but I’ve been slammed with work and spending any spare time recording my old band’s tunes (that’s been a reward in itself). Things should slow down with work as we approach the holidays so I’m bound and determined to take this one on.
     
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    LOL, it was already pretty obvious though, wasn't it?
     
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    Only if you have looked at the real book..... :D
     
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    Or already knew Kittens in Mittens from last time :whistling:
     
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    ... or are good at recognizing chord changes when you hear them.
    That particular set isn't too hard to ID if you've ever heard the tune before... and who hasn't?
    Even without that, there were some other clues: the title of the piece, @Thrup'ny Bit's meme, and
    @simoncroft's hint at/nod to probably the most famous cover version of all time...
    :D
     
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    The various versions from lovely to ass kicking pretty much guarantee almost everyone will at least have looked at it at some point.
     
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    The hardest bit will be not playing that tune at all...
     
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    The title of this cracked me up. I played this with my son at his recital last year, he played the melody on the clarinet. It was a workout with the quick changes and at one point I wondered what I had gotten myself into :). I cheated with some of the "expensive chords" LOL.
     
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    Agree. I don't do the challenges due to time constraints and incompetence but I usually pick up a guitar and think about them...

    I this case, trying to come up with a melody I found myself just playing the rhythm we all know and trying hard to play different intervals. :D
     
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    "The hardest bit will be not playing that tune at all... "

    Yep. It's pretty ingrained... almost part of a Western collective consciousness.
    And therein lies at least some of the challenge, as it were.
    That's why we're doing the contrafacts first this time around.
    *evil grin again*
     
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    Another (more 'abstract') version:
    Some Stuff I Like (v2)
     
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