Jazz solo on “Go to church!”

Now that I have created a working backing track, I will present some possibilities which music technology offers. As I have shown, Cubase is an example of a kind of software which allows the user to record and play back music, both in the format of MIDI and audio. From a learner’s point of view this opens up many new possibilities.

Within the field of jazz and improvised music, music technology allows the musician to create a customised harmonic and rythmical musical setting. This may on one hand represent a “safe” rehearsal space as part of preparations for a live gig. It may also be particularly designed to targed standard concepts within jazz theory, such as leaning the standard key changes shuch as “Rythm changes, “Coltrane changes” og other standard progressions.

The music technology lets the learner practice in a customized musical settig and listen to what s/he just played. The possibility to use one’s own ears to jude and assess one’s owen musical performance is just one advantage which the music technology represents.

As an example I have recorded a few rounds of piano solos on the already made backing track. A musical challenge is to create more open tonal space in a tune which is composed only by using minor and major tridads with no references to jazz.

I opened up the character of the chords by suspending the thirds of all chords. By playing all chords as 11ths, I got the sound which I associate with 70s jazz rock idiom.

Chord progression is added to the movie in a separate overlay.

Go to church – piano solo!

Ø. Kvinge

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