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Saturday, April 9, 2016

Bemsha Swing

I had the chord changes to the Monk tune BS playing in the background and improvised (singing) over them. I came up with some ideas though they were a bit repetitive.

Then I tried to do the same on the piano. Now my ideas were more simplistic. I could come up with something to play and a few felicitous phrases, but not nearly as good as I was singing, and the rhythms were not bebop enough. The idea would be to bring those two things closer together. There was a satisfaction in doing something badly because I was gathering significant information about my ear.

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