Using Interesting Quotes...

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  1. StevenA

    StevenA Member

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    Over a blues, I play Giant Steps arps at measures 3/4 leading into the 4 chord. Can you quote a chord progression? Can you get away with it?
     
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    LOL!

    The Giant Steps Blues? I dunno, let's hear it!

    I've heard GS done as a ballad and with a Latin rhythm, why not blues?
     
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    Try it yourself. G blues, at bar 3, G Bb Eb F# arps, find a chord tone resolving to C7( maybe C, from the fifth of F#(C#)
     
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    I'd have to hear it done. Sounds fun though.

    I've not messed with GS changes yet.
     
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    A friend of mine is an English prof.
    He discovered, way back in undergrad days, that quoting Shakespeare in one's essays was definitely a good thing to catch attention and make one look smart.;)
    Play to your audience. Works every time. I wish I could.
     
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    I honestly don't get the angst some people have about it. You can still be unique while doing it.

    I sort of think it in a few ways.

    Quoting a short stylistic phrase that's part of the musical style. To me that's just showing your respect.
    And at it usually comes out because it's just the line that feels right at that moment.

    The other one is intentionally sticking things that clearly don't belong. It can be comical but not necessarily.

    But overall they are usually something I want to be totally spontaneous. At one point I found myself routinely repeating a few of them and it quickly lost any sense of fun for me.
     
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    There are three super easy quotes for a Minor tune, ballad...bebop, doesn’t matter, they are: the Circus Theme, the chromatic line in Carmen, and the chromatic line from the theme song from The Elephant Man.

    Take a classic minor pop song like Yellow Moon, when you start your solo right on the one chord, play the Circus Theme, you’ll hear it. Then try the others.

    Those type of chromatic lines work GREAT on minor tunes.
     
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    Yes, the grandmaster of quotes. Supposedly he could string together quotes to ‘say’ a message to someone in the audience.
    http://www.chasinthebird.com/quotes_e.html
     
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    Grant Green quotes the Circus Theme at :50 to start the second chorus of his solo. He also quotes Charlie Chrisitian's Wholly Cats melody to start the first chorus of this solo.
    I'm sure there are other quotes in this solo that I just don't recognize.

     
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    Cool. I don’t have my guitar but it almost sounds like he’s playing it over a 7th chord maybe. I’ve only used it over a minor chord. I like how he staggers the first part of the melody, that might help it fit better over the 7th chord (if that is the type of chord he plays it over).

    I’ll have to figure this out when I get back to my guitar. Thanks.
     
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    Jim Mullin seems to do it an awful lot.
     
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    Ok I confess: for the solo of I Saw Her Standing There, I played E normal, A normal, E Please Please Me, B7, I Feel Fine, E Day Tripper, A Birthday, C Helter Skelter, E And Your Bird Can Sing.
     
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    Danny Gatton was someone who could use quotes in a fun, non-twee way.
     
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    And he played Memphis with a disco beat.
     
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    Caught myself quoting NPR’s All things considered over Inner Urge

    Would work over a lot of tunes - ATTYA etc
     
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