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Andy Volk


From:
Boston, MA
Post Posted 18 Mar 2017 1:33 pm     Reply with quote

Woke up with Autumn Leaves in my head and had to get 'em out! So here's the basic chord melody arrangement of this great standard I did today. This isn't really a jazz arrangement - I left the harmony pretty much straightforward. I haven't really vetted the back-up chords against the music so feel free to correct if need be.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/6xfy2dwlyntvwjt/%20Autumn%20Leaves%20C6th.pdf?dl=0

MIDI audio for above arrangement: https://soundcloud.com/aev/autumn-leaves-c6-tuning
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Ron Ellison


From:
D.C.
Post Posted 19 Mar 2017 3:49 am     Reply with quote

Thanks Andy!
was just talking to 'THE TEACHER' (JE) about this tune.
Got it printed up, and will be working on it this week.
ron
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Jeff Garden


From:
Center Sandwich, New Hampshire, USA
Post Posted 19 Mar 2017 4:17 am     Reply with quote

Thank you, Andy!
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Andy Volk


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Boston, MA
Post Posted 19 Mar 2017 5:08 am     Reply with quote

You're welcome! And here's part two ... kind of a kitchen sink dump of various improv ideas. You likely wouldn't use all these approaches in one chorus like this but my intent was to show some ideas to newer C6th players. If you're a seasoned player I'm probably boring you.

Bar 3 features a D7 bar slant played using the nose of the bar on fret 9 to play two strings.
Bar 4 subs Em7 for Gmai7.
Bar 5 features a pedal-steel like slant move that could alternately be played as a behind-the-bar bend.
Bar 17 uses an Emin cliche lick over Gmai7. This chord progression (Em, Em(Maj7),Em7,A9) appears in countless songs like "A Taste of Honey","Michelle", "Chim Chim Cheree", etc. Bar 21 repeats it over Em.
The improv ends with a transition from Eminor to Emajor using a pedal point open E note throughout. This last lick is useful to insert in other songs that end in E.




MIDI audio of above: https://soundcloud.com/aev/autumn-leaves-improv-ideas-c6-2-audio
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Steven Tekulsky


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New York, USA
Post Posted 19 Mar 2017 6:13 pm     Autumn Leaves Reply with quote

Thanks, Andy! Just received his C6 lap steel book recently, and it is a fantastic resource - helping to improve my lap steel playing.
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David M Brown


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California, USA
Post Posted 20 Mar 2017 7:28 am     Reply with quote

I like how you handled measure 21 where some players do a Em-Eb7-Dm-Db7 walk down.
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Andy Volk


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Boston, MA
Post Posted 20 Mar 2017 8:18 am     Reply with quote

Yes, that's the typical jazz player approach to that measure but I never cared for it. While I love spicy, even dissonant harmony at times, AL is such a simple, beautiful tune that I like to keep it close to the source. I've always loved Edith Piaff's version: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n2s2tPORlW4
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David M Brown


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California, USA
Post Posted 20 Mar 2017 9:20 pm     Reply with quote

Andy Volk wrote:
Yes, that's the typical jazz player approach to that measure but I never cared for it. While I love spicy, even dissonant harmony at times, AL is such a simple, beautiful tune that I like to keep it close to the source. I've always loved Edith Piaff's version: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n2s2tPORlW4


That's a great choice.

I grew up playing the "typical jazz player" changes - but who can argue with Piaf?
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Miles Lang


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Rincon Beach, California, USA
Post Posted 22 Mar 2017 9:56 am     Reply with quote

Awesome. Thanks, Andy!
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Doug Freeman


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Los Angeles, CA
Post Posted 22 Mar 2017 7:46 pm     Reply with quote

Here's a silly one I did about 10 years ago, kind of at the convergence of my dabbling in bari sax, lap steel, and ukulele:

https://soundcloud.com/doug-freeman/autumn-leaves
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