Jazz & R&R Horns Session 19

In session 19 we write an exercise in five parts for the tune "Blue Monk," a piece by Thelonious Monk.  I use many of the techniques that we've studied so far in our tutorials.

A sax player friend of mine recently read my ebook and wrote a few horn charts for the band we both play in. Technically it all worked with no train-wrecks as they say, but he wasn't happy with all he had written.  I told my friend to keep writing until he found an idea that worked for him.

He mentioned that it sounded better on his computer, but real instruments sound different and are more nuanced then MIDI/computer instruments. These techniques we talk about are only tools.  It's all about your ideas. Analyze horns arrangements of composers you like and feed off their ideas for your own.

I re-work arrangements all the time. There will always be re-writes along the way and when you find something that works, that's when you learn.  It's like an instrument, it takes practice and experience. Composing and arranging is a specialty.

When you write an arrangement and have it played it's important to record it for later study.  If you like, email me an MP3 of your recording and I'd be happy to give you my thoughts.

Don't forget, I love hearing from you. Let me know if you have any questions or input.  Please visit my website where you'll find a page with all the past tutorials.

Thanks for stopping by.