[Harp-L] Jamey Aebersold - how I use it

Because the Jamey Aebersold play-a-long series were a topic on Harp-L last week, I thought it might be interesting to share with you the way I use this material. (I use it nearly daily, for about 15 years now)

What I like about the play-a-longs is the right "jazz" feeling, which is something that I don't like about Band-In-A-Box for instance. You really get the right jazz voicings and good sounding bass lines in your head when you use Jamey Aebersold. The drawback is the lack of flexibility in tempo, keys, etc. That's why Band-In-A-Box is a great aid, because you can change the tempo, key, style etc. and you can use it for your own songs/chord progressions.

But, to overcome some of these, I use the program "Transcribe!" as the player for play-a-long files. Using Transcribe, you can easily change the tempo, the key (up and down a minor 3rd is still usable), and loop certain parts of the tune/excersise. With Transcribe, you can create section markers, bar markers en beat markers (free text too) so , it's very easy to create a reusable file with all the markers. You just save the markers for future reuse. Next time you find your way through the song very easily.

Transcribe! can be found at http://www.seventhstring.com/

(Also an ideal tool to do transcriptions of course.)


Wim Dijkgraaf
jazz harmonica & composition

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