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Stitt Transcription Video

Discussion in 'Recordings [DB]' started by amusicbass123, Jan 13, 2020.

  1. Hi Everyone,

    I haven't posted anything in some time! I stopped playing bass for a bit...

    I did a little transcription the other day, I wasn't going to post it to anything but then I figured what the heck, someone might find it fun to watch. It's Sonny Stitt's wonderful Tenor solo on Moten Swing from Sonny Stitt Sits in with the Oscar Peterson Trio.

    Here's the video:

    Thanks as always,
  2. Ed Fuqua

    Ed Fuqua

    Dec 13, 1999
    Augusta GA
    Chuck Sher publishes my book, WALKING BASSICS:The Fundamentals of Jazz Bass Playing.
    Where's my crowbar?
    Just shagging beautiful Alex. You copped the phrasing, the whole vibe just wonderfully. And so relaxed.

    I hate you.
    In the nicest possible way, of course. Just wonderful...
  3. Tom Lane

    Tom Lane Gold Supporting Member

    Thanks for posting! Your vids are always inspirational for me! and, BTW, brilliant f*king job!
  4. statsc

    statsc Supporting Member

    Apr 23, 2010
    Burlington, VT
    So depressing! Makes me want to throw away my bow!
  5. TroyK

    TroyK Moderator Staff Member

    Mar 14, 2003
    Seattle, WA
    Very nice, Alex. Thanks for sharing.
  6. Don Kasper

    Don Kasper Supporting Member

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  7. Joshua

    Joshua WJWJr Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Aug 23, 2000
    Top drawer!
  8. lurk


    Dec 2, 2009
    Capn Alex back!
  9. Don Kasper

    Don Kasper Supporting Member

    Q: Do you transcribe in "real time" or do you use a "slow-downer" of some sort?
    There are some real knotty lines in that solo that you've unraveled.
    The transcription is just as impressive as the playing.
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  10. Ed Fuqua

    Ed Fuqua

    Dec 13, 1999
    Augusta GA
    Chuck Sher publishes my book, WALKING BASSICS:The Fundamentals of Jazz Bass Playing.
    This is, somewhat, an understatement.
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  11. Hi Don,

    I use a program called "Transcribe!" by Seven String software, you can loop and slow down/speed up audio without any loss of pitch.

    My process is: I usually sit down on my sofa with my electric bass and staff paper and work through a whole solo and just get it all written down-I'm not worried about anything other than the notes at this point.

    Then once the whole thing is written down I'll listen to the solo a lot and try to start playing passages at a slower tempo and increase over time as I get more comfortable with the music. For the knotty lines I'll try to figure out a few different fingerings at slower tempi and then see which one makes the most sense at the performance tempo.

    Thanks for your kind words!

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  12. Don Kasper

    Don Kasper Supporting Member

    Thanks for describing your process and confirming that you are from Planet Earth, like the rest of us.
    Srsly - your process has a healthy balance between the written and the aural challenges of transcription.
    I would wish you "good luck", but I don't think you'd need it.
    Last edited: Jan 14, 2020
  13. TideSwing


    Oct 31, 2014
    Love this. Very inspirational!
  14. Thanks!

    I'm one of those people that has to write something down to learn it---so writing it all down first helps me internalize it. An ancillary benefit I've noticed is it helps improve my ear training and sight reading chops at the same time...

    Thanks for the good luck wishes! I decoupled my professional life from my musical life some years back so I'm just a happy hobbyist playing cool music for fun now, which is all I ever wanted out of music anyway!


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  15. Maple

    Maple Supporting Member

    Feb 25, 2016
    San Francisco Bay Area
    Great playing!

    sorry, was there a comma in there?
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  16. TroyK

    TroyK Moderator Staff Member

    Mar 14, 2003
    Seattle, WA
    Punctuation, Ed, Punctuation!
  17. msw


    Aug 21, 2003
    In a single word.....ASTOUNDING! Inspirational and deeply humbling.
  18. Very inspiring playing! Thanks for posting.

    I thought I was also a "hobbyist" but now "guy who happens to own a bass" seems more approrpiate...

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