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Using 'Donna Lee' as a study - Lesson with Scott Devine

Discussion in 'General Instruction [BG]' started by devine, Nov 16, 2012.

  1. devine


    Aug 22, 2006
    Hey guys,

    One question I get all the time is 'how can I get great technique'?

    Obviously there are many different ways of working on your technique but by using 'study pieces' it can make it a little more musical than simply shedding up and down scales (which can also great be the way) ;)

    So... I've put this lesson together for you where I discuss 'study pieces' and... show you a really cool one too!

    Check the lesson out by clicking HERE

    Over and out,

    Scott ;)
  2. tat2jim


    Sep 13, 2007
    ATL via NYC
    Thanks for the post, Scott. I really enjoy and appreciate your Youtube tutorials! :cool:
  3. justbark

    justbark Give me all the bacon and eggs you have.

    Aug 20, 2006
    Raleigh, NC
    I was just watching that old Jaco instructional DVD on YouTube and he said it took him 9 years to get Donna Lee finished. Learning piece by piece indeed. Scott, I'm looking forward to parts II through CXCVIII.;)
  4. drummer5359

    drummer5359 Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 10, 2011
    Pittsburgh PA USA
    Scott, I happened to check out a couple of your you tube videos yesterday. But, I didn't subscribe on your site until I happened to see you here on Talk Bass.

    NOW I'm signed up. Thank you kind sir.

    Donna Lee is killing. I'm working with some of your more basic clips.
  5. Another excellent tutorial, Scott. Plus, I love Charlie Parker.

  6. joe vegas

    joe vegas Supporting Member

    excellent tutorial AND fantastic tone, Scott.
  7. SBassman


    Jun 8, 2003
    Northeast, US
    I'm going to have to roll that chart into my daily practice.

    Shouldn't take me more than - many years. :)
  8. Clef_de_fa


    Dec 25, 2011
    Part of the fun of a piece like that is to learn to read standart notation and also to make you think :"where is the best place for me to play that sentence ?"

    I play it differently than you ( fingering ) because it suites me better but I had to find it by myself.

    Also I thought everyone learned that way ( small bit by small bit ).
  9. Pacman

    Pacman Layin' Down Time Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 1, 2000
    Omaha, Nebraska
    Endorsing Artist: Roscoe Guitars, DR Strings, Aguilar Amplification

    In truth, Miles Davis wrote Donna Lee. It was miscredited to Bird on the album.
  10. Ewo

    Ewo a/k/a Steve Cooper Supporting Member

    Apr 2, 2008
    Huntington WV
    +1 for sure.

    How did you engineer those recordings, Scott? I'm guessing the bass was DI... BTW, your muting technique is excellent!
  11. MarkA

    MarkA *** Supporting Member

    Sep 26, 2008
    Really and truly? Not saying it ain't so, but -- at the risk of thread derailment -- can you point me to some relevant sources to support this assertion?

    Donna Lee was on my list back in high school, along with the "Chromatic Fantasy" (from Bach)... never learned it (though I did get some of the Fantasia down). Maybe now is the time. I'll give that vid a watch!
  12. Thanks Scott - your stuff is always top notch. Do you have any other pieces you would recommend as study pieces. Maybe something not so adventurous for someone looking to start a jazz / classical type course of study.
  13. Pacman

    Pacman Layin' Down Time Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 1, 2000
    Omaha, Nebraska
    Endorsing Artist: Roscoe Guitars, DR Strings, Aguilar Amplification

    Really and truly. There are plenty of sources - here's just the first one that popped up (other than Wiki):

  14. MarkA

    MarkA *** Supporting Member

    Sep 26, 2008
    Thanks -- read the whole page through. Looks like an interesting and informative site.

    Watched the video, by the way. Outlines some solid approaches to learning this and other tunes. Thank you, Scott!
  15. devine


    Aug 22, 2006
    Yeah... since putting that tutorial out I've had a few people mention it was actually Miles Davis who wrote the tune... not Charlie Parker... maybe this is why he put his name to the Bill Evans' tune 'Blue in Green'... pay back lol! ;)

    Ewo... I just recorded it direct into my recording interface... no amp at all, and the bass is totally passive. Eq wise I just boosted the bass a bit.

    As far as I remember - the whole thing was recorded on the bridge pickup with the tone rolled off a little.


    Scott ;)