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MuseScore Playback Added to Site

Published: Aug 8, 2020

Adding playback of my song arrangements using the MuseScore, the FREE Open Source Music Notation program.

I'll be updating the songs over the next several months. Most of my scores where created using Sibelius and dropping the subsctiption and goinf open source and FREE. Checkout MuseScore it is a cool program with a lot of resources and tutoriasl on-line.

I've got Giant Steps --> and While My Guitar Gentely Weeps --> up.

This year, 2020 is the 60th anniversy of John Coltrane's album Giant Steps.

More to come...

So What DO I Work On?

Giant Steps is 60 Year Old

Published: Aug 7, 2020

Here is a brief bit on this classis John Coltrane song and album, Giant Steps from Wikipedia.

The Album

"Giant Steps was the fifth studio album by jazz musician John Coltrane as leader, released in February 1960 on Atlantic Records, catalogue SD 1311. This was his first album as leader for his new label Atlantic Records. Many of its tracks have become practice templates for jazz saxophonists. In 2004, it was one of fifty recordings chosen that year by the Library of Congress to be added to the National Recording Registry. It attained gold record status in 2018, having sold 500,000 copies."

The Song

"Giant Steps is a jazz composition by American saxophonist John Coltrane. It was first recorded in 1959 and released on the 1960 album Giant Steps. The composition features a cyclic chord pattern that has come to be known as Coltrane changes. The composition has become a jazz standard and has been covered by many artists."

My Ukulele Version

I've long played this song and have a cool arrangement that I do on ukulele. And, it is available right here on Give it a go and impress your ukulele friends.

I still struggle a lot with soloing over it. But, I keep working on it.

The famous Philadelphia jazz guitarts Jimmy Bruno. who has recorded and performs an amazing solo version of this has siad. Giant Step is like a test that you know you should have studded for."

Enjoy this Ukulele version of Giant Steps and checkout the web page for the lead sheet and TAB -->.

Funky Frets TV

Published: Jul 16, 2020

Checkout what is going on with our family music store, Funky Frets -> on our weekly Funky Frets TV Show live stream at 7PM (1900) Wednesday nights to facebook -> and YouTube ->

The Seven Modes - Ukulele Examples

Published: Jul 2, 2020

Scale and Mode History

Pythagoras (569BC- 475BC) - discovered the numerical ratios which determine the intervals of the musical scale. Theses are the seven tones of the C Ionian or C Major scale. Pythagoras noticed that vibrating strings produce harmonious tones when the ratios of the lengths of the strings are whole numbers, and that these ratios could be extended to other instruments. In fact Pythagoras made remarkable contributions to the mathematical theory of music. He was a fine musician, playing the lyre, and he used music as a means to help those who were ill.

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Published: Jun 23, 2020

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