Thursday, April 26, 2007

Gypsy Improvisation

Here is a quick sample of some of the gypsy jazz techniques I've been working on. In this improvisation you will hear chromatic runs, diminished 7ths, minor 9ths, a minor 6th, the use of a tritone "arpeggio", and plenty of wrong notes too!! I just threw it together quickly to let you hear some of the things I've been practicing. It's in the key of Am. let me know whatcha think.

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At 4/26/2007 10:28 PM, Blogger teddy said...

Andy...Fantastic. I didn't even hear the bad notes. Helps that I didn't know the song, but none the less it was awesome.

Can't wait to see you on Sat. and learn.

At 4/27/2007 9:20 AM, Blogger dulcimist said...

Thanks Ted,

I think the web-ready reduced audio quality helps to hide the klunkers!!

Looking forward to Saturday.


At 4/28/2007 7:58 AM, Anonymous Jen Gargrave said...

Wow Andy! WOW WOW WOW!!!
That was such a fluid emotion tap-I really got swept into the waves.
Kinda like "moody-light". Are you performing somewhere today? If it's in the evening I'd love to come by and hear you live.

At 4/28/2007 8:34 AM, Blogger dulcimist said...

Hey Jen,
Thanks for stopping by. I am not performing anywhere tonight, unfortunately. Infact, I'm in the midst of a couple gig-free months, which is actually a nice change of pace. Just private lessons and practice.

Your description of "moody-light" makes alot of sense. The moodiness probably comes from the Eastern scales used in Gypsy music, while the dulcimer itself gives it more of a lightness.

Even the cymbalom, which is a cousin of the dulcimer used by Eastern European Gypsies, has a much darker sound than this instrument.

see ya


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