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Really nice controlled, yet creative song development that just plain swings. Keep that great grove goin' all the way to Oakland George. Best of luck and have FUN!
I can hear why you were selected. This is extremely well done and thoroughly enjoyable to listen to. Nice clean articulation and a great swing feel that stays in the grove. Good luck to you!!
I really appreciate all the positive feedback and well-wishes for the finals. The other entries were incredible and it's humbling to have mine selected for the finals. One thing I've learned through this contest is that there's an amazing community of great players out there, and it means a lot to me to have your support. I think a good part of the credit there is due to Dave Barrett, whose own example of intelligent musicianship and generosity to other players has set the bar for us all, and made the building of this community possible. We are all better musicians and better people for it. Thanks Dave - and to the rest of you too!
Well done - good luck in the finals!
Sweet playing throughout - love the use of space between licks too! Great job and good luck in the finals!
Awesome entry. Great tone, technique and licks. It's really cool to hear 'second position' chromatic. Perfect for swing music.
Well done George, an obvious choice! Enjoy the finals!
Congratulations George, well played.
great tone... cool head - swings!... very good, start to finish
Brilliant entry! The big band feel was certainly achieved George and your chromatic tone and technique are excellent! If I could play the chrom I would be aiming to sound like this, which is exactly what you have inspired me to go for in in 2012! Cheers and well played indeed!
After Listening to this I have put learning the chromatic on my list of goals to achieve for this year as well! Very impressive!
Very impressive playing! This song is really gonna inspire me to play more chromatic (in G).
Thank you mister Bisharat.
You definatly got my attention on this one! Before I read your discription was was thinking C or G. You're using alot of licks I would use but making fewer mistakes then I make-congrats! I'm gonna have to swipe a few off you on this tune! Very well put together-Bravo!!
George Smith plays a tune on chromatic - and if I'm not mistaken you have recorded something along those same lines - in first position, in which the lick sounds similar to the one I played in the head of this song. I'm guessing that's why it crossed your mind that this was in G. But making fewer mistakes than you, Mark - please. I know my place in the harp world!
Here we go...
CH1 - Great "A" lick with great variation for the answer (B) on the V. Smooth... very mature phrasing.
CH2 - Repeat of head... I would have personally thrown in a couple small changes to surprise the listener
CH3 - Cool... this might be nice to come back to later and make some target note changes to match chord change
CH4 - It's nice to hear the more freeform soloing after all of the previous repetition.
CH5 - A B/A C would have been a good phrasing choice here... it depends how much repetition you use later on.
CH6 - Nice textural effect
CH7 - Ah... CH3 idea comes back
CH8 - Nice quote here... I liked that you did A B/A C here
CH9 - Head
CH10 - Head
CH11 - CH3 comes back again... I like it... I would have made some target note changes here... like Bb for the first one... B for the next one, using it as a chromatic passing tone to C for the IV Chord (Root)... then C# as a chromatic passing tone... which ultimately leeds you to D for the V Chord (Root). This is an example of high-level phrasing ideas that you can use to make this song even more cool. Loved it... keep up the great work!
I agree that much more could have been done with this and I'm motivated now to work on it and sculpt it a bit. I'll work on it!
This is a medium to fast-paced swing track in G in which I play a Hohner Super 64 Chromatic in C. I was shooting for a big band kind of feel, and played a lot of octaves to achieve a bigger sound. I also played a lot of rhythmic patterns that I imagined a horn section might play, and used fewer focus notes. I had a lot of fun doing this!
And good luck in the finals!.
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