For the past few months I’ve been putting together a new version of Jazz & Rock & Roll horns, that is a more detailed and expanded version of the free ebook. It will come with it's companion,
The Video Scores Vol#1. In these videos I analyze the horn arrangements of popular tunes in different styles and how the arranging techniques that we covered in the ebook apply to these horn arrangements. This will help you with concepts and ideas for your own writing and reinforce the way that we use horns for their strengths.
Two Part Writing
Three Part Writing
Four & Five Part Writing
The Blues Scale
The Rhythm section
God Bless the Child - BS&T
Question 67 & 68 - Chicago
Serpentine Fire - EW&F
What Is Hip - Tower of Power
Lil Darlin - Neal Hefti
The Bird Sing - The S+F show
Trailblazers Theme - FSM
Scrapple From the Apple
I picked these arrangements because I think they show a variety of arranging techniques. Style of music, number and type of horns, from Super Sax to Tower Of Power.
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Had a great time on PRP 99.1fm taking with Joe and Inessa about the local music scene and playing a few tunes off the S+F CD.
Yesterday we released our new ebook, Get Over The Hump, a Songwriter's toolkit and... this morning we woke up to a few orders in our inbox. Very exciting for Holly and I. Go to SONGWRITERS TOOLKIT under EBOOKS in the menu bar for more info.
In Session 29 we review Augmented, Diminished, & Minor 6 chords and how to replace them with more definitive, II V I chords.
Your chord changes are the foundation of your arrangement and you want to make sure they are right, or what you want. And if you want to use a diminished or augmented, use one, but know your options.
There are exceptions to every rule (especially in music) and you'll find diminished and Minor 6 chords in some Latin music that is part of that style. Also, you'll find Augmented chords in a line progression like, C C+ C6 that work nicely.
The SEAN+FRED Show, recently at Vie De Boheme in Portland Oregon. This is what we sound like doing "Peg" by Steely Dan. Love the echo. www.theseanandfredshow.net
Check out Molly Foote's new video of the Ricki Lee Jones tune, Youngblood. I've been working with Molly for about two years now, recording her original songs for her debut release scheduled for February. Producing the final production is producer, Mark Hudson of Aerosmith and Ringo Starr fame. Other notable musicians on the record are sax legend David Sanborn and drummers, Dave Welkle and Gregg Bissonette. Molly's music is a vocal mix of jazz and pop.
Session 21 is our first 'Mailbag'. I thought it would be a good time to answer some of the emails I've been getting. Though I try to respond to all your questions asap, I think it's a good idea to share with everyone so we can all benefit.
Portland Trailblazer's theme music for broadcast. Broadcast opener. 45sec edit of 2min15sec.
This was KING BETA's 2nd gig at Duff's Garage who had just moved over to the east side of Portland. Nice big stage with plenty of dance floor, and the crowd rocked it out. Thanks Chrissy Faith for shooting this for us on my iphone.
Last night at Christo's in Salem, The Sean+Fred Show Sextet tore it up. What a great venue and great crowd. Thanks to Michael & Lisa Learn who are so generous with their musicians. And let's not forget how great the food is. We will be back in the Fall.
Was a great night for KING BETA at Duff's Garage. Hope to be back soon. A great room - just the right size. I think we rock em well. Thanks Suzie.
We love Christo's, the hot spot for jazz in Salem. Had our first gig there last night to a very enthusiastic crowd. We ate all the food we could eat and were treated like kings. It's safe to say we'll be back and will be looking forward to it. Thanks to the two owners, Mike And Lisa, a great team.