Billy Joel Studied With Lennie Tristano??



Lennie Tristano's playing is about as far away from Billy Joel's as one can possibly imagine, but apparently, Mr. Joel spent sometime studying with Tristano, or so Billy says during the Judy Carmichael's Jazz Inspired radio show at the link below.


Billy Joel

Happy Birthday, Cannonball

What can you say, he was one of the best ever. Born today.

The transcription of the bass line on his version of Autumn Leaves is the most popular page on the site by a factor of 3 over the next most popular page.

Listen to some Cannonball today and say thanks.


All 24 Examples from Book Of Chord Tones for C Major 7 Uploaded

So, all 24 examples from "The Book of Chord Tones" for major chords are now up on Soundcloud.

These sound files play each of the 24 ways the notes of a major 7 chord can be arranged. The book contains these exercises (in notation and tablature) for each pattern in all 12 keys, but these sound samples are just for C Major so you can get an idea of what the exercises sound like.

Each book has a total of 288 exercises (24 x 12 keys). Other volumes do the same patterns for all keys, but use the notes for dominant and minor 7 chords. Take a listen and git yer arpeggios on!
  • Exercises 1 - 6 start on the Root ( C )
  • Exercises 7 - 12 start on the 3rd ( E )
  • Exercises 12 - 18 start on the 5th ( G )
  • Exercises 19 - 24 start on the 7th ( B )

Book of Chord Tones - Major Chord Exercise Examples by Basso Ridiculoso

Tim Lefebvre Gets Uprighty and Funky

Lots more at the soundcloud page for his new project here:


Roncarter 1 by Lefebvre Corporation

Scott Devine's new Lessons

Scott Devine has some more free lessons, this time about ii-v licks.

There are a ton of articles up in here about ii-v's both in terms of soloing and walking lines, and in his Scott breaks down some solo phrases and talks about how they are created. Jolly good and ridiculoso, I say! Check 'em out.


Three Volumes of The Book of Chord Tones - Major, Dominant & Minor

Next week, all three books of The Book of Chord Tone series will be ready for all your grubby little bass playing fingers. These books cover all the 24 possible variations for the four notes in each of the chord types (major, minor, dominant), over two octaves and with brain damaging tab included.

Also, piasan de Basso, and molto ridiculoso bassist Damian Erskine has decided (very likely against the advice of his agent, his attorney and his doctor) to allow his thoughts to be recorded about this series after he viewed the books himself. And I quote
"The Book of Chord Tones has assembled what I believe to be a terrific resource and a wonderful way in which to explore chord tones. Working through these exercises opens up your mind and ears to what you can do "inside" of a chord while soloing (or just expanding your vocabulary with regard to bass lines). If we take these basic exercises and begin to expand the harmony to include tensions and alternate chord types, one truly has opened a Pandora's box with regard to playing inside any changes. It's this kind of practice which leads to fretboard mastery"
Damian Erskine
Peter Erskine Trio, Teri-Lynn Carrington, Gino Vannelli, Jeff Lorber, Tony Furtado, Solo Artist, adjunct professor Portland State & Marylhurst University, Columnist, Author 

You know that is going to come back and haunt him at some point, but for now, get a copy before he wises up and sends me a cease and desist letter on scary legal looking letterhead. Eh, like I haven't ever got one of those before.....

In the meantime, if you want to get your head wrapped all the various chord tones, from fret zero all the way up to fret 22, check out the link below where you can see the first few pages of each book. They all follow a similar format except the kind of chords they outline changes.

And if you do pick up a copy, please let me know what you think via email or leave a comment here.


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