Five Essential Seventh Chords Practice Sessions
Practice Session 1: Play the Bill Evans Transcription
To inform your intuition and develop your musical instincts by playing the transcription and imitating the recording.
Listen to the recording and play the transcription as written.
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.
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.
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.
Record your performance and compare it to the original recording.
How does your recording compare and contrast with the original recording with respect to phrasing, articulation, rhythmic feel and the overall expressive inflection?
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.