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Several thoughts about how to use this "play-a-long type" webpage with your jazz ensemble...
Inexperienced rhythm players always can use comping ideas. I'm not a great piano player, but I'm a pretty good "comp-er" to help me create patterns for your players. I listen intently to the professional-quality pianists on the demo of your chart and copy as many of their ideas as I can, with some enhancements. Plus, with 50-years of playing drums and 38-years of jazz band directing, I've figured out what works... and this type of solo section assistance absolutely works, just like Aebersold play-a-longs have worked for decades, and the new IReal Pro app is working.
Why is this "as good as" or (at times) "better" than the Aebersold recordings or the IReal Pro app that provide comping backgrounds? My service actually provides your rhythm players a written copy of what they are hearing for them to learn if they have no idea what to play. PLUS, my projects are for the specific charts (style/tempo/feel) that you are working on, AND I will include guitar, vibes (if you wish), and any other instrument you would like.
"Classical" piano players will greatly appreciate written-out parts, and there lots of parts out there with chord-only bass/piano/guitar lines.
I believe an emerging jazz musician can't "innovate" until they can "imitate". This website gives "developing" rhythm players something to "imitate" until they "get it" for themselves.
Young players pay more attention to concert videos than audio-only. Hopefully you and I can find relevant videos of your chart (or others) to put on your band's page for them to watch/hear. It can also include historical videos of the same tunes.
I have used this type of teaching tool as long as there has been creatable webpages and FINALE, especially for my young bands. I know it works because kids need to have something with which to practice on their own where they feel safe.
If you are "technology challenged" then all you have to do it give the link to your solos and rhythm section and they will know how to use it.
I've also created these webpages to send the solo changes of tunes in advance to all-state jazz students pre-practice, which is great when there is so little rehearsal time. See the webpage I created for the upcoming Georgia All-State Jazz Band.
SOLO PRACTICE LOOPS
for your younger players
For $1.50 a measure, I will prepare a private webpage with the information on the right for you to share with your soloists and interested rhythm section players needing comping information for a chart you are preparing containing each of the following...
- An online FINALE MP3 playback (legally called "Back Tracking") with multiple repeats (loops) of a FINALE rhythm section playing the solo background choruses with which your soloists can practice on their own. No copyrighted melody will be included in what I create for your use. (See final note at the bottom regarding legalities.) SAMPLE TO THE RIGHT.
- An actual MP3 playback if requested for no extra charge. This will need to be sent by email since GoDaddy doesn't support MP3 downloads.
- A PDF to printout of the chord changes in the three instrument keys. (C, Bb, Eb) SAMPLE TO THE RIGHT.
- A printout of the piano/guitar/bass parts performed on the MP3 with my voicings which would be especially useful for inexperienced players. (20-cent per measure additional charge if you want a drum part.) SAMPLE TO THE RIGHT.
- A link to a private YOUTUBE scrolling playback of the MP3 and scrolling music being played if you request it. (20-cent per measure extra charge) SAMPLE TO THE RIGHT.
- Where I can get permission I will include the solo section (or full performance) from the demo or other professional-level group recording, and a video of a professional-level performance if one is available. You might have a link to one or both that I can include if you wish. SAMPLE TO THE RIGHT.
- A "written out" solo if you request. I just need to know the skill level and instrument(s) for whom you want a solo written. (50-cent per measure extra charge) SAMPLE AVAILABLE ON REQUEST of a tenor solo on Vine St. Rumble.
There is a minimum project charge of $30.
Any charts purchased from this website or new commissions will have a Practice Loop webpage provided for free.
There is no charge if you are unhappy with the product.
At your request for an additional fee to be discussed, I will create band backgrounds for solo sections and provide parts if you would like a longer more interesting solo section(s).
There is an extra $5 charge if payment is done by a purchase order. No extra charge for direct billing or PAYPAL payment.
Projects are completed in the order they are received. There can be a double-price "RUSH charge" if you want your project to go to the head of the line. Normal delivery should be no more than one week because, like a commission, I will be working with very few projects and one or two directors at one time.
I will need you to provide a score and/or set of rhythm parts for me to derive the chords and any band backgrounds that might be already provided to include in your MP3.
As with all purchases made of commissions or Solo Practice Loops, 20% of the amount paid will be donated to the charity of your choice unless you direct me to donate to the charity of my choice.
Unlike this demo page, your page will not be identified in my website's heading. Only you will get the link to share with your students. For example: jimwarrickmusic.com/blahblahHS/RETURN
Regarding the legalities of "back tracking", the following is a quote from the well-known copyright website: http://www.songcopyright.org/copyright-law.html
"There is sometimes confusion among songwriters about what aspects of a song are relevant regarding copyright but the accepted convention that would normally be upheld in a court of law is that song copyright consists in the melody and lyrics of a song. All other aspects, for example arrangements, production, chord progressions, backing tracks etc are not normally part of the song copyright. Dr Richard Niles, a top arranger, producer, musicologist and copyright expert says: 'Having testified in many copyright cases, the only elements of a song that are legally relevant are the melody and the lyrics. As an arranger for 40 years, I know you cannot copyright a chord progression or an arrangement, which is what a backing track is."
In short... these are just like the play-a-longs that are so famous, but personalized to your band's needs for charts that aren't available on the existing play-a-longs in the exact style of the chart.