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Andy Volk


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Post  Posted 20 Nov 2018 12:51 pm    
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Yep. Revered and feared. LOL

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=62tIvfP9A2w

Check out Mike Neer's Sol Ho'opi'i style Giant Steps:

https://soundcloud.com/mneer
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Post  Posted 20 Nov 2018 1:25 pm    
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It's in 3 different keys. Cool!



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Post  Posted 22 Nov 2018 1:40 pm    
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I stumbled across that video the other day. Wow! Amazing stuff! I wish I understood it better...huhuhu! I'll just go sit in the corner with my dunce cap on for a while.
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Post  Posted 23 Nov 2018 7:10 am    
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"I start in the middle of a sentence & move both directions at once."
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Mike Neer


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Post  Posted 23 Nov 2018 7:49 am    
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I’ve been messing around with GS for years and always have fun with it.

Here is one of my own personal favorite takes on it. I literally broke out my Strat for the first time in a long time to record this.

https://soundcloud.com/user-708420441/giant-steps
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Fred Treece


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Post  Posted 23 Nov 2018 10:04 am    
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I never thought of plotting the modulations visually on a circle of 5ths wheel. They form a Bermuda Triangle of Keys, where novice improvisers go to disappear forever...
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Bobby Nelson


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Post  Posted 12 Dec 2018 12:47 pm    
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Once I started playing with my thumb, like Wes Montgomery (which changes the whole dynamic of your playing on 6-string), and playing through a lot of the Jamie Abersol play-a-longs, I got fairly proficient with jazz standards - though, I would never have called myself a jazz guitarist. I had always had it drilled into my thinking that if you were going to consider yourself a jazz player, you had to be able to play the Coltrain changes - Giant Steps. I was actually pretty proficient with Monk, which (to me) is a kind of modern extension of Ellington. But when it came to the really crazy modern jazz (which, to my mind, starts with Giant Steps), I eventually found that I didn't really like it enough to warrant all the hard mental work and study of learning it - same thing with Giant Steps for me. After a few years of intermittently tinkering with it, learning the progression, I never felt too inspired to actually learn to solo through it - just didn't like it that much. I guess that I tend to be more of a melodic, than harmonic guy.
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Fred Treece


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Post  Posted 12 Dec 2018 1:11 pm    
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Bobby Nelson wrote:
But when it came to the really crazy modern jazz (which, to my mind, starts with Giant Steps), I eventually found that I didn't really like it enough to warrant all the hard mental work and study of learning it -

Shhhh....don’t tell anybody you don’t like bebop....
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Bob Watson


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Post  Posted 13 Dec 2018 2:19 am    
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Thanks for posting this Andy, its a very cool explanation of Giant Steps. A friend of mine who is a brilliant Jazz piano player told me that you can play a six note scale called the augmented scale over the changes to Giant Steps. He said that you wouldn't want to use nothing but that scale, but that it comes in handy when other idea's aren't flowing. https://jasonlyonjazz.wordpress.com/2014/03/24/playing-giant-steps-with-one-scale/
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Earnest Bovine


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Post  Posted 13 Dec 2018 9:10 am    
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Better version for Lou Reed etc:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qTYzYpb1MY0
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Tucker Jackson


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Post  Posted 13 Dec 2018 9:32 am    
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Earnest Bovine wrote:
Better version for Lou Reed etc:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qTYzYpb1MY0

Snort!

Good to know I, too, can play Giant Steps. In C.
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Post  Posted 14 Dec 2018 9:30 am    
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Mike Neer wrote:
I’ve been messing around with GS for years and always have fun with it.

Here is one of my own personal favorite takes on it. I literally broke out my Strat for the first time in a long time to record this.

https://soundcloud.com/user-708420441/giant-steps


Yow!
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Greg Cutshaw


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Post  Posted 14 Dec 2018 12:19 pm    
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The 1st three chords, if you make the 2nd one a dominant 7th and the 3rd one a maj7, match the intro that Emmons used on Night Life. I've seen this sequence mapped out and played with different chord variations like 7ths, maj7, maj etc but never knew where it came from.
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Nick Fryer


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Post  Posted 16 Dec 2018 8:39 pm    
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I’m surprised that a video that breaks down Giant Steps doesn’t mention the Slonimsky book! This was the book that Coltrane practiced from and was the basis for the whole tune. File under: Good musicians borrow, Great musicians steel !!
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Jim Robbins


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Post  Posted 19 Dec 2018 9:24 am    
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Earnest Bovine wrote:
Better version for Lou Reed etc:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qTYzYpb1MY0

Awesome. Still sounds hard at that tempo.
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Roger Rettig


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Post  Posted 19 Dec 2018 3:55 pm    
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I hadn't realised that - 'Giant Steps' is a trick!
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David DeLoach


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Post  Posted 31 Dec 2018 6:40 pm    
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Hadn't realized till recently that the Bee Gees covered Giant Steps...

https://youtu.be/wHV6gMLZkmY
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Brooks Montgomery


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Post  Posted 1 Jan 2019 11:43 am     Re: Giant Steps explained
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Andy Volk wrote:
Yep. Revered and feared. LOL

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=62tIvfP9A2w


Andy, thanks for posting that! I love that vid. I've been forwarding it to my musical friends as if throwing New Years confetti !
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Charlie McDonald


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Post  Posted 2 Jan 2019 4:14 am    
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David DeLoach wrote:
Hadn't realized till recently that the Bee Gees covered Giant Steps...

https://youtu.be/wHV6gMLZkmY


Thanks for the laugh, David.
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Andy Volk


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Post  Posted 2 Jan 2019 4:19 am    
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Ha! Ditto!
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