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A Li'l Jazz Blues

by Dominic Hatchuel (4861)

Size 1.4 MB
Style Jazz
Gear Epiphone Les Paul '56 Gold Top Reissue
Marshall G50R-CD combo amp
Technics SX-KN1500
Band In A Box
This is an accompaniment to WholeNote Lesson #3245 - "A Li'l Jazz Blues". The name of the song is therefore "A Li'l Jazz Blues". Imaginative, eh?

Okay, first up, the equipment used on this recording. First, I used Band In A Box to set up the drums, bass and piano accompaniment. Then BIB created a MIDI file of this backing track. I imported the MIDI file into Cakewalk, and then played the file through my keyboard, a Technics SX-KN1500, so we could do away with those tinny MIDI sounds. Then, I attached a cable to the keyboard's line out jack, and straight into my sound card's line in port. (The soundcard is a SB Live with a wondrous gadget called a Live Drive.) I recorded this as separate left and right audio tracks in Cakewalk.

Then I picked up my Epiphone Les Paul '56 Gold Top Reissue with its lovely P-90 style soap bar pickups. It is currently strung with D'Addario .012 flat wound strings. I plugged this into the clean channel of my Marshall G50R-CD combo amp, and cabled the amp's line out into the sound card's line in. Sheer genius. Playing through the neck pickup, I proceeded to record the first 12 bars of the progression as separate left and right audio tracks in Cakewalk. I then recorded the next twelve bars and, because I'm lazy, I just copied that info to fill up the next 24 bars.

The little exercise in the 3rd 12 bars was also played on the Epi, this time using the middle pickup selector switch position. (i.e. both pickups.)

The whole bang shoot was then mixed down to a .wav file and an MP3, both thanks to Cakewalk features which allow you to do this kind of thing. The whole thing took me about an hour and a half to do, all in.

How to use it? First, this is really not much without Lesson #3245. All the chords, scales, theory and info you need on how this thing gets put together is in there. The first twelve bars are just a standard bass and drum backing with the chords described in the lesson played on top. In the next twelve bars, the chord progression gets a bit of a twist, as described in the lesson. (Just listen to that diminished chord fly all the way up the neck!) And, just to prove a point, I made up a little musical doodle using an A Major pentatonic. Well, mostly. This doodle can be heard in the 3rd twelve bars. The point being that, as I mentioned in the lesson, you really, actually, truly can get away with playing a pentatonic over this otherwise very hectic looking progression. The 4th twelve bars is for fun.

Play with it, enjoy it.