Five Essential Seventh Chords Practice Sessions

Practice Session 1: Play the Bill Evans Transcription

Objective
To inform your intuition and develop your musical instincts by playing the transcription and imitating the recording.
Task
Listen to the recording and play the transcription as written.
Procedure
Stacks Image 5425
Listen to either the source recording of Bill Evans soloing over the tune "Night and Day” or the introduction this lesson. The transcription of "Night and Day" is taken from Bill Evans' recording “Everybody Digs Bill Evans" and is available at iTunes and Amazon.com and starts at about 1:24, his first solo chorus.
Stacks Image 5426
As you listen, read along with the music in the notation gallery below. (To turn the page, swipe (on touchscreen devices) or press the navigation arrows on PCs (hover over the notation to reveal the arrows). Pay attention to the details of how the right hand notes are played: phrasing, articulation, rhythmic feel and the overall expressive inflection. Also note the left hand: how and when the chords are played.
Stacks Image 5565
Play the transcription using the playalong below. Imitate his playing by emulating the elements of his recorded performance that you noted from listening to his solo. Play four choruses.
Transcription of Bill Evan’s improvising over "Night and Day” from his album “Everybody Digs Bill Evans.”
Self Assessment
Stacks Image 7222
Record your performance and compare it to the original recording.
Stacks Image 7223
How does your recording compare and contrast with the original recording with respect to phrasing, articulation, rhythmic feel and the overall expressive inflection?
Stacks Image 7224
Record your playing multiple times and listen to them again several days later. Letting time pass between recording the solo and listening to it can give you perspective on your playing that is more objective than when you are in the midst of making the recording.