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  " So what " Bill Evans

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 GreggG
  shimpaku@roadrunner.com
" So what " Bill Evanssubmitted:
2008/12/13 19:07:25
revised:
2008/12/18 05:27:50


I am a amateur guitarist and have just recently been trying to learn something about jazz. I am listening to and attempting to analyze the first four or five measures of " So What " on a CD by Miles Davis entitled " Kind of Blue ". Although I play the guitar I have access to a keyboard and have been trying to accurately transcribe the first four or five measures of this song without much success. The intro is decievingly simple; I can't seem to get it exactly as Bill Evans plays it. I was hoping someone could post a transcription. I would really appreciate it. For someone who knows what they are doing this is probably a piece of cake... many thanks
Gregg

 
 bgp
  catawboy@gmail.com
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Re: So Whatsubmitted:
2008/12/14 09:05:31
revised:
2008/12/14 09:06:46


Check out Ed's analysis of that:
http://www.freejazzinstitute.org/showposts.php?dept=transcriptions&topic=20081106095950_EdByrne

 
 JoeB
Re:submitted:
2008/12/16 07:00:59
revised:
2008/12/16 08:34:00


Hi Gregg,

Not sure if you are referring to the real piano/bass intro, or the piano chords over the 'head' (melody played by the bass).

On guitar we play up an octave from concert pitch, so for the head the chords would be as shown in the following diagrams. For the 'mode' change, play the same chord forms up one fret each.

The actual 11-measure piano/bass introduction works really nicely on guitar. I could post an arrangement, but I'm not sure if that would be a copyright issue...???












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 GreggG
  shimpaku@roadrunner.com
Re:" So what " Bill Evanssubmitted:
2008/12/16 18:03:15
revised:
2008/12/16 18:03:15


JoeB:
Thanks for your input....what I'm actually looking for is the first three measures of the intro itself. Its all piano, just some very simple ( ? ) two or three note harmonies... probably fragments of some basic quartal chords, similar sounds to the ones you depicted. ( thanks by the way for your chords ). I am having a hard time reproducing these three measures on keyboards because I am used to hearing chords built on intervals of thirds rather than fourths. ( I am an amatuer guitarist, I just fool around with keyboards to get ideas )
There is something " haunting " about these three measures. The more I listen to Bill Evans on this CD the more I appreciate his ability to say alot with a little. It's the " negative spaces" or notes that are implied or missing in the chords ( ? ) of the first three measures that are making it difficult for me to duplicate. Let me know what you think......any help you could give me would be appreciated.
Thanks
Gregg

 
 bgp
  catawboy@gmail.com
  www.freejazzinstitute.org
Re:submitted:
2008/12/16 18:02:14
revised:
2008/12/16 18:34:09


Here's something like the intro, and from Kahn's book, there's a reasonable argument that could be made that Gil Evans likely wrote the intro. Bill Evans had indicated that the line was handed to him.


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 GreggG
  shimpaku@roadrunner.com
Re:" So what " Bill Evanssubmitted:
2008/12/17 14:14:30
revised:
2008/12/17 14:14:30


Thank You !!! This is exactly what I was looking for......

Thanks again,
Gregg

 
 bgp
  catawboy@gmail.com
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Re:" So what " Bill Evanssubmitted:
2008/12/18 05:27:50
revised:
2008/12/18 05:27:50


Sure thing. Something that has really helped me with transcription is the SlowDowner, which allows you to tempo shift without totally killing the sound:

http://www.freejazzinstitute.org/showposts.php?dept=resources&topic=20080122165234_bgp

(You can also pitch shift if you happen to have the original Kind of Blue recording).

 


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