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    Default Graduate Program Audition Piece

    Just thought I'd share a piece I'm doing for my graduate degree program audition (one of a few I'm preparing). I'm going for a masters in music education - will be applying this January and auditioning in February or March.



    It's George Benson's "Tendery" (the original version from the 1989 record of the same name). Very cool recording. I have the introduction down (from the top up to 1:06) and some of the first A section. It's funny how so many people don't know that the whole first minute is a beautiful introduction and not even part of the form! There's SOOO much stuff from Johnny Smith and Kenny Burrell all over the place. The pedaltone run (different chords all with the A natural on top) from :14 - :21 is right from Kenny. Lots of Johnny Smith voicings too. Plus a lot of George's ferocious single-note lines and incredibly rhythmic triad/thirds/sixths (like 1:35 - 1:37: the "nyuck nyuck nyuck" part ). What a wonderful solo interpretation from George Benson!

    I've been playing it with my thumb "a la Wes" (which has turned into my regular comping/octaves/block chords soloing technique for all of my playing). I'm learning it note-for-note now - getting the correct fingering and phrasing down. To figure it out, I've been comparing it to all the knowledge of the great players I've been studying so diligently (namely Wes Montgomery, Kenny Burrell, Grant Green, of course other George Benson stuff, and Johnny Smith thrown in there). I'm not sure if I'm gonna play it exactly like the recording for my audition, or if I'm gonna play the tune "Tenderly" as a solo piece and use these ideas, Johnny's ideas, Kenny's ideas and my own ideas together in an improvised bit. We'll see as it comes up.

    And hopefully I'll be posting a recording once I get it down. Post it on the U of T00B

    Just wanted to share!!
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    Nail that dude and you have my enduring admiration - it lost me after the first bar...
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    Benson is a master, no doubt about it. Sounds like a wonderful piece to use!!
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    Why are you copying it note for note? Or are you just using what you learn from copying it to integrate into your own interpretation?
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    Quote Originally Posted by gibson175 View Post
    Why are you copying it note for note? Or are you just using what you learn from copying it to integrate into your own interpretation?
    Well, I'm transcribing it for learning purposes, but I may play it as-is for the audition (as one of a few pieces). Shows technique/research (that I'm not a "jazz" player that plugs in a bunch of scales/patterns/formulas and never did any serious learning of MUSIC) etc etc. The audition is pretty open as to what types of prepared pieces you can have.
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    right on
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    Dayum .... great job!!

    That definitely sounds like a fat body jazz box you're playing. What was it?
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