I was watching a short segment of a documentary this evening and thinking of my trip to New Orleans last year. As I was watching I recognized many different places. There are so many images in this short video I could talk about. The grave of Buddy Bolden. The birthplace of Louis Armstrong being torn down to make way for a city building. I’m taking notes for my next trip to New Orleans.
There Must Be A Way
The Lyrics to this are beautiful and screams out Rom Com. (Romantic Comedy). Every time I listen to this I think of a scene from When Harry Met Sally or You’ve Got Mail, in the male and female leads are each making their way home, thinking about each other.
I finished transcribing the second half of Louis Armstrong’s solo from Chime Blues as played in the recording with King Oliver’s Band.
A few notes: I personally have not done transcription in a long time, so this was a great exercise. In hind sight I also should have picked something with a bit clearer of a recording to start with. This was recorded in the early 1920’s. There are things that aren’t clear, and the Key of the song sits happily someplace between concert C and C#. There also might be a note or rhythm that is in correct. If you find that I would love for you to share the correction with me. The solo transcribed for Trumpet in Bb
I started transcribing Louis Armstrong’s solo to Chime Blues today. Here is the first half of my rough transcription. It is currently notated in concert, mainly because I was using the piano to transcribe the solo instead of the trumpet. Once I have the entire solo transcribed I will transpose it to Bb for trumpet and I will publish a high quality PDF on my site to download.
This month I am dedicating all of my daily blog posts to Louis Armstrong. Yesterday I came across this recording of the songSt. James Infirmary, after listening to some of his early recordings with the Hot Five and Hot Seven. Each line and note that Louis Armstrong plays is overflowing with grit and soul. While Louis Armstrong is known by most for his chart topping version of Hello Dolly and What A Wonderful World, there is a grit and soul in his sound and phrasing on recordings like this that say so much more.
The Facebook diet that I had started at the beginning of this month is still going strong. I did find myself still using Facebook here and there though out the month but in general, I limited myself to using it no more than 5 minutes. For the most part, I found after scrolling for 30 seconds I was bored and uninterested. The new found time I have found has helped me focus more on my daily to do list and also get back to other things I enjoy like practicing trumpet. There is this great play along book by Jamey Aebersold called “Gettin In Together”, which I have been spending a good deal of time in. In Jazz they call this painful art “shedding”. Shedding means getting in some really hardcore practice. It has been a while since I have done that and it feels good to begin to have a few things under my fingers again.
You can never stop practicing chords.
I’m working on adding a few notes to my range. I’m getting some G’s here and there and a Ive even hit a few C’s. It is a work in progress but progress still.
I can’t believe it is February, and there is a snow storm tomorrow. Enjoying the sunset and thinking of summer.