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Rhythm changes - Lame question :)

Discussion in 'General Instruction [BG]' started by gbf, Feb 27, 2004.


  1. Could somebody please explain to me what are Rhythm changes? I've read about it everywhere but got no explanation of it. :smug:

    Thank's in advance.

    Gabriel
     
  2. brianrost

    brianrost Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 26, 2000
    Boston, Taxachusetts
  3. thanks for answering fast guys... i'll take a look at the changes.
    thanks again for both of you.
     
  4. Slot

    Slot

    Oct 17, 2003
    Sydney - The Shire
    That link provides a good insight.

    But just remember that that the vast majority of time someone mentions rhythm changes, they're usually just simply referring to a I,VI(7),II,V progression
     
  5. Lovebown

    Lovebown

    Jan 6, 2001
    Sweden
    No. When someone refers to rhythm changes, they refer to a tune built upon the "I got rhythm" changes, with possible alterations made to the chords and maybe a diffrent head.

    What you're talking about is more like a "turnaround".

    /lovebown
     
  6. Slot

    Slot

    Oct 17, 2003
    Sydney - The Shire
    agreed. but 1625 is the crust of rhythm changes, and that turn around is often signal'd as rhythm changes

    X: what turn around do you want?

    Y: rhythm changes...

    X: ok



    X: what do you want to vamp on in the coda?

    Y: just vamp on rhythm changes

    X: ok

    slang
     
  7. Lovebown

    Lovebown

    Jan 6, 2001
    Sweden
    Sorry don't agree with you there... Rhythm Changes is Rhythm Changes and a turnaround is a turnaround ;)


    /lovebown
     
  8. Phil Smith

    Phil Smith Mr Sumisu 2 U

    May 30, 2000
    Peoples Republic of Brooklyn
    Creator of: iGigBook for Android/iOS
    Nah, not really. At the very least you're looking at:

    | I VI | ii V | iii VI | ii V |
     
  9. brianrost

    brianrost Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 26, 2000
    Boston, Taxachusetts
    Slot,

    If you talk to JAZZ players when they say R.C. they mean the whole 32 bars AABA form, that includes the III7/VI7/II7/V7 bridge section.

    If you talk to players outside of jazz, they sometimes will call any I/VI/ii/V progression "rhythm changes". I jammed with some blues guys last week who did this; it drove me nuts because they never went to the bridge. All tension, no release :rolleyes: