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Donna Lee, All Chords in All Their Inversions

Discussion in 'General Instruction [BG]' started by davidhilton, Aug 15, 2017.


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  1. davidhilton

    davidhilton Supporting Member Commercial User

    Apr 13, 2009
    Los Angeles, CA
    Hey All,
    I did this video for a student, and thought people here may get some use out of it. I basically go through the jazz standard Donna Lee and demonstrate all the arpeggiated chords with all their inversions. It's in four 15 min sections, lemme know if you're interested, if so, I will upload the the whole series. Thanks, -david
    Ps. Oh yeah, at first I blow over the changes, It went a little longer than necessary, but I was having so much fun... sound quality of the backing track is questionable! hahaha.... enjoy.

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    Last edited: Aug 15, 2017
  2. BassAndReeds

    BassAndReeds Supporting Member

    Oct 7, 2016
    Hi David,

    Really nice playing. I'll preface what I'm going to say with I could never do what you did in this video. I am a sax player, as well as a bass player, and I jumped off the jazz ship years ago. I also don't have as nimble fingers as you. With that being said:

    I feel I'm losing the tonality of the song when you get into the solo. I think one of the things I'm hearing, is you go to the 6 of the root chord (Note F) a bunch of times, and I'm not sure that is even part of the Major7 chord. Yes, you're going to argue it's the 13th, but when the first note you land on in your solo is the 6th, well, it's more changing the chord than it is playing the extension. You're also leading with a lot of tension (13th against the major 7th, and I'm not sure the listener is ready for that right out the gate).

    I get this is teaching, but it should all still be musical. And I think it better to simply play Root,3,5,7 expertly before advancing into chord extension work. Also, something I feel I'm missing is leading tones. I know this is arpeggio work, but there's no reason you can't add a half step below any of those notes in this exercise and still call it arpeggio work. It is also very common to have leading/passing tones in this style of music.

    Really clean playing, nice tone, and overall nice solo.
     
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  3. geoffbassist

    geoffbassist UK Double Bassist Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jul 17, 2006
    UK
    Founder - Discover Double Bass
    Awesome playing! That's a really brisk tempo and I loved your phrasing.
     
  4. dtsand

    dtsand

    Mar 23, 2005
    Santa Fe, NM
    Hi David - sent you a PM today. Just catching this post. The post has couple of things I referenced in my PM. Nice work as always!
     
  5. GastonD

    GastonD

    Nov 18, 2013
    Belgrade, Serbia
    I would sure like to see/hear more from you in this vein...
     

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