I'm gonna try to learn Autumn Leaves...any tips?

Discussion in 'General Instruction [BG]' started by AndrewT, Oct 4, 2001.

  1. AndrewT


    Jun 16, 2001
    Sugar Land, TX
    Went to bassically.net and looked around, I think I wanna try to learn Autumn Leaves. Any good tips anyone can give me? I've only played for a couple months, but I'm getting not bad. I'd like to try some good solos. I learned the first page ok...anyone?
  2. Aaron


    Jun 2, 2001
    Bellingham, WA
    Here's a chart:

    |: A-7 | D7 | G Maj.7 |C maj7 |
    |F# 1/2 dim 7 | (1st ending) B7 | E min | E min :|(2nd ending) B7 | E min | Z (i like to connect the dots) | F# 1/2 dim 7 | B7 b9 | E- | Z | A- 7 |
    | D7 | G maj 7 | Z | F# 1/2 dim 7 |
    | Bb b9 | E- Eb7 |D- Db7 | C maj 7 |
    B7 b9 | E- | E- |
  3. *ToNeS*


    Jan 12, 2001
    Sydney AU
    marvellous little 32-bar jazz standard, this .. i did it for my V.C.A audition, man, so any specific questions you have about it, i'll try my best to answer them.
  4. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member

    One thing I noticed that has no relevance - is that you can play the theme to MASH : "Sucide is Painless" over these chord changes.

    I mentioned this to some Brit Jazzers and they just gave me funny looks, so I wondered if anybody else had noticed this or tried it?
  5. melvin


    Apr 28, 2001
    You should probably start by reading the preformance notes for that song on the website, theres probably stuff thatll help you in there. And plus Mike Dimin has a forum here so, yeah, he would ofcourse be a huge help.
  6. Bass Guitar

    Bass Guitar Supporting Member

    Aug 13, 2001
    Good one to start with. I love the changes myself - got familiar with the locrian and aeolian modes playing around with this tune.

    I should try the MASH theme though - interesting - my band uses this to warm up a lot, so I can surprise them! ;)
  7. Autumn Leaves is a real easy tune in E minor and great for a jazz novice. The best piece of advice I can give is to analyze the changes.
  8. *ToNeS*


    Jan 12, 2001
    Sydney AU
    bare in mind, however, that the music over at bassically.net only gives you the chords, not the melody - to get it sounding really incredible, learn how to play the chords all the way through, get the original song on CD, and learn the melody and play it over the top as you play the chords - although this is fairly tricky, it'll make a few ears sit up and take notice.
  9. Chris Fitzgerald

    Chris Fitzgerald Student of Life Staff Member Administrator

    Oct 19, 2000
    Louisville, KY


    While it's true that this is possible, and even a cool thing to try to do eventually, that won't win you any auditions. Mr T would do better to learn how to fulfill the regular role of the bass on that song (learning to walk lines, keeping good time, learning to tie the harmony together, etc) before trying to turn it into a solo piece. Although I admit, it can sound good that way as well...

  10. *ToNeS*


    Jan 12, 2001
    Sydney AU

    i was under the impression that that's what he was after? he specifically asked for solo pieces, i believe. although you are quite correct, it may be a more realistic goal for him to attempt to play the bass line to Autumn Leaves before trying to play the entire thing as a solo effort on the bass, which my teacher does with startling ease - i'm not quite there yet (from what i can discern, it involves a lot of mind-boggling tapping and voracious fingerstyle), but it sounds absolutely incredible.
  11. Chris Fitzgerald

    Chris Fitzgerald Student of Life Staff Member Administrator

    Oct 19, 2000
    Louisville, KY

    You could be right, it's hard to tell..when he said he wanted to learn "some solos" I thought he meant single line bass solos (as in jazz), but he might have meant something different. My point was simply that if ANDROID T has only been playing for a few months, he'd be better off learning the basics.
  12. Oysterman


    Mar 30, 2000
    What does that mean, a Z chord? Care to explain, please?
  13. *ToNeS*


    Jan 12, 2001
    Sydney AU

    well why didn't you just say that in the first place you ignorant double bass playing pussy? :p why must DB'ers always resort to IMPLIED meanings rather than the BG'ers more easily understandable EXPRESS method of communicating.

    ergo - two individuals wish to express the same opinions and thoughts, the only difference between them being that one plays double bass and the other plays bass guitar. the topic here, suitably enough, is "FieLDy SuCks".

    DB'er: i don't find that fat fellow whom attempts to play upright electric bass guitar in that revolting new-age band "PuFfeD RiCe" to be particularly stimulating, musically, sexually or otherwise.


    although there is a lot to be said for the differing levels of eloquence between the two, which one gets a clear, defined point of view across without the poor electric players whom frequent this forum having to "read between the lines", as it were? eh?

    have mercy on us, Chris, that's all i ask :D