YouTubage: Giant Steps by the note

From YouTube, a new way to practice your music. John Coltrane’s landmark tune and solo as you’ve never experienced it before. Reminds me of the t-shirt seen at practice this week that sez,

  What part of


can’t you understand?


About Gandalfe

Just an itinerant saxophonist trying to find life between the changes. I have retired from the Corps of Engineers and Microsoft. I am an admin on the Woodwind Forum, run the Seattle Solid GOLD Big Band (formerly the Microsoft Jumpin' Jive Orchestra) a GOLD sax quartet, and enjoy time with family and friends.
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8 Responses to YouTubage: Giant Steps by the note

  1. Beth says:

    I would like to make an intelligent comment but I don’t understand any of it.  It really sounds good though!

  2. Rambling says:

    I understand it.  :-)  I do.

  3. Rambling says:

    It is good to be able to read music.  Only those are chords to me as a guitarist. 

  4. JaAG says:

    What you call chords are called the ‘changes’ in jazz. By understanding the changes you can riff against the band or rhythm section in a way that you are comfortable with but within the intent of the composer. Some musicians would rather play against the changes that read music!

  5. Elizabeth says:

    That was great! As soon as he started to go to town my head started swimming watching those notes.  My hats off to everyone who can keep up like that! 😉

  6. Kathryn says:

    I just saw my icon in your friends and clicked on the "notes" (which I didn’t know one could do! ) and saw what you wrote…*smiling* thank you for that…
    now, as to your comment – I"LL NEVER TELL HAHAHHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAH (laughing)

  7. Laoch says:

    Wow, cool!

  8. Alan says:

    Lovely…  Only problem (for me…) is that having learnt to sight-read by scanning several bars ahead, I find that looking at just what notes are being played is rather like having tunnel vision – paranoia levels rising.  But Trane’s playing more than makes up for it.Can you imagine teaching someone to read music by having a piece of card with a small square cut out, and holding the opening over the bar they were reading, bloocking all the rest ?  Ouch ! Or having our little ‘handheld personal organisers’ on the music stand, all synchronised with the conductor’s organiser, showing us exactly where we are ?  Many a true word is spoken in jest, I’m surprised that we still use sheets of manuscript…

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