Our Drum & Piano Jams
Mar 1, 2006 at 5:37 AM Thread Starter Post #1 of 8

ilovesocks

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Hey all,

I'm in a casual band with a singer, guitarist, bassist/saxophonist, and pianist. We just recorded a couple tracks a few weeks ago, and I thought I'd post 'em and see what people think. We don't have a name yet, so bring on the suggestions.

These tracks are just me (on drums) and the pianist (Sam - what an awesome name for a pianist. He's probably one of the best jazz pianists my age for quite a distance). They're mono, so you'll want to use that "Convert mono to stereo" DSP.
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I've got my bass drum, 8" popcorn snare, 13" hi-hats, and 19" ride cymbal. Sam's playing on my family's Kanabe & Co. upright. These were recorded using my Zen Micro. I'd say balance is damn good for the money.
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The first one is called "Diesel" because it reminds me of the theme music for the diesel engine on Thomas the Tank Engine. I loved that show when I was a kid. Here's the format:


[size=medium]"Diesel"[/size]

Link: http://www.yourfilelink.com/get.php?fid=36749

Key: C blues (12-bar for the solos) | Tempo: 120ish | Genre: Sort of a pop samba

Bass intro - 12 measures (on piano for now) with light piano after 4
Drums in - 12 measures
Piano solo - 12 measures
Chorus - 8 measures
Piano solo - 12 measures
Chorus - 8 measures
Drum solo w/ piano comping - 14 measures (it was supposed to be 12, but we had a little communication breakdown)
Chorus - 8 measures

The abrupt ending is a coincidence. We both magically stopped at the same time. I guess it was meant to be that way. I'm playing with Pro Mark Cool Rods.

Second one's called "Mega Mano." I'm pretty sure it's a temporary name. This one reminds me of the music from the SNES Mega Man X game. We figured that "Mega Man" would be copyrighted, so we put it in Spanish since our music tends to have a latin feel. It's mostly just a long piano solo.


[size=medium]"Mega Mano"[/size]

Link: http://www.yourfilelink.com/get.php?fid=36745

Key: G minor (Sam made up the progression) | Tempo: starts at ~138, goes up to ~164, back down to ~138 | Genre: Acoustic Techno Jazz???

It's basically Sam going nuts. I'm playing with sticks now.

Intro riff - 8 measures
Piano solo - 24 measures
Accelerando - long time
Half-time - 16 measures
Gradually slow down to original tempo - even longer time
Get sparser - 8 measures
Bass only (ritardando near the end) - 8 measures
Frilly frilly - undefined


So yeah, let me know what you guys think!
 
Mar 1, 2006 at 6:16 AM Post #2 of 8

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Groovy stuff. Coupla comments about the piano on piece #2, since at the time of this posting, the first song wasn't yet available.

1. The 2nd inversion chords sound inherently unstable, not sure you're going for that. I think most of the times you use them, they would probably sound better in a different inversion.

2. Occasionally you leave out the third of the chord when arpeggiating, which is a bit problematic to my ears for this style of music.

3. At :34, the note at the top isn't really setup as a descending line, so the minor scale degree 2 sounds out of place, whereas a few seconds later, it sounds fine because the motion makes it clear that the minor scale degree 2 is a passing tone. Minor scale degree 2's gotta be something funky or passing, at least for good flow and voice leading...unless you just want to break the rules, I guess.

4. Get a bassist so Sam's left hand can do something else?

Just suggestions.

No comment on the more soloish stuff. Keep up the good work.
 
Mar 1, 2006 at 6:37 AM Post #3 of 8

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Quote:

Originally Posted by ooheadsoo
Groovy stuff. Coupla comments about the piano on piece #2, since at the time of this posting, the first song wasn't yet available.

1. The 2nd inversion chords sound inherently unstable, not sure you're going for that. I think most of the times you use them, they would probably sound better in a different inversion.

2. Occasionally you leave out the third of the chord when arpeggiating, which is a bit problematic to my ears for this style of music.

3. At :34, the note at the top isn't really setup as a descending line, so the minor scale degree 2 sounds out of place, whereas a few seconds later, it sounds fine because the motion makes it clear that the minor scale degree 2 is a passing tone. Minor scale degree 2's gotta be something funky or passing, at least for good flow and voice leading...unless you just want to break the rules, I guess.

4. Get a bassist so Sam's left hand can do something else?

Just suggestions.

No comment on the more soloish stuff. Keep up the good work.



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Wow! I wasn't expecting such detail .. that's amazing, heads! I'll show Sam what you wrote, since he may even be aware of his musical misdemeanors. Now I have a question - because I played piano for awhile, I actually understood some of what you said.

Would the second inversion be the one with the fifth on both top and bottom? So it would look something like

5
3
1

5
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Or am I just in over my head?
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Just academic interest, anyway.

We do have a bassist. He's actually a saxaphonist by nature, and we figure since he has a decent understanding of music, we could get him to play at least a fundamental bassline and perhaps a solo or two. This recording was made before we recruited him, though.

Thanks for listening! Glad you enjoyed it.
 
Mar 1, 2006 at 6:39 AM Post #4 of 8

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Yup, you got it
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Actually, just chord degree 5 on the bottom, doesn't need to be on top.
 
Mar 1, 2006 at 6:42 AM Post #5 of 8

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Yup, you got it
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Actually, just chord degree 5 on the bottom, doesn't need to be on top.



Ah I see. Thanks for enlightening me. Feel free to let us know what you think of "Diesel" if you've got a few spare minutes!
 
Mar 9, 2006 at 2:15 PM Post #7 of 8

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a better record manner is a must
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just to understand bit better the dynamics , the sound and the skill
I'd give other comments then
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other then this it seems nice effortless moody jazz(steady) improvisation
 
Mar 9, 2006 at 2:24 PM Post #8 of 8

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Hey, thanks. My friend's got a bunch of microphones, ProTools, etc. so we'll try to get in there sometime. I really thought the quality and balance was quite decent, since a Micro costs less than one microphone, practically. "Mega Mano" sounds particularly groovy when I boost the bass a little in foobar.
 

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