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Okay, now we're going to get into reading
the great Joe Henderson tune, Recorda Me.
Now remember, for
the purposes of these reading lessons.
We're reading the chart and
we're using these great tunes.
As a vehicle for you to, you know,
make sure you're on top of your
reading game and any questions that you
might have regarding whatever, you know,
articulations, repeats, and
all of that sort of thing.
Those questions are answered.
So with these, practice sessions,
I'm as an example,
trying to limit the amount of scoops and
bends that are not indicated,
We'll get into more of that in
the performances of these songs.
But for now,
I want you to make sure you have.
The, the tracks, in front of you that
are provided in the lessons, and
the MP3s as well.
I'm sorry, the, the PDFs as well.
So you can read them.
And I've got, I've got my alto with me, so
I'm reading the alto and baritone chart.
If you're playing tenor or soprano and
you've got your,
your own B flat charts for those.
And looking at this chart here,
accidental wise.
Well, there's a few accidentals.
Make sure you are looking
at the key signature and
then the key of actually F sharp minor.
So I've got three sharps
on my E flat part.
That means you're gonna have two sharps,
If you're reading the B flat part.
So be aware of all the accidentals,
that are written throughout the chart,
like that very first, note, after the
repeat sign in the first bar, so forth.
Also, we have articulation wise,
a couple of staccatos, no big deal, but
you know about the fact that
a staccato was a short note.
Also we have an accent, as I see, right
before the first and second endings there.
Pretty straight forward, frankly.
So, again we're gonna play
you know ultimately you wanna
play along with this great
tract we're giving you and.
But, if you know, you want to read
through this, obviously on your own,
before you either play it with the track
or play along with the track and
me during this lesson,
absolutely go for it.
Okay, so speaking of go for
it, let's go for it.
Here is Recorda Me.
[MUSIC So could be that,
that track was faster
than you were expecting.
Pretty quick.
But I really wanted to make
sure that you had a significant
amount of challenge to deal with.
We've worked with plenty of
tunes that are slow enough,
so it's good to push
yourself a little bit.
So that's sort of the key,
I think just the tempo of this song,
as far as
the track is concerned that you're playing
along with, presents a bit of a challenge.
Also, the groove is
a little bit more subtle.
You can hear that the drummer
is playing brushes on the snare.
So it's a little, less obvious.
It's plenty obvious but a little less
obvious than him smacking it with a stick.
So be aware of the time when
you're listening to it.
It's great to practice
this with a metronome.
In all the practice that you do
with a metronome gets you ready for
this kind of playing, when you're playing
with a band where the tempo isn't
smacking you in the face,
like a metronome is.
A drummer can be keeping fantastic time,
but it can be a little bit subtle.
But that's the nature of music.
It's artistic and
it's not always right in your face.
Just because of the fact that
it's going by pretty quickly,
just make sure that you're not missing the
first and second endings, quite obvious.
But, because again it's
going by pretty fast.
The same thing with the eighth notes,
for instance,
in bar five and
you know where that little phrase there.
It's going by pretty quick.
One thing you wanna always
be thinking about too,
in a tempo that's faster,
is just keeping things light.
If you play really hard,
it tends to bog us down.
And so, there's a rule about
playing an instrument.
Saxophone I guess one
of them in particular which
is perhaps not in particular.
But for sure you get to a certain
point in the challenge of the playing.
In the pressure of your playing,
in terms of trying to play louder.
And the horn actually will only get so
loud and so understand that point.
And then, if you continue to push
harder then what the horn will do,
you get into the danger land,
the law of diminishing returns.
The harder we play the more difficult it
is to articulate, the more difficult it is
to negotiate faster lines like bar five,
and bar six, and seven and so forth.
So know your dynamic.
If you wanna play loud,
there's no dynamic written here.
So it's up to you how loud you play.
But just understand that it is
easier to deal with technical
issues like articulation like
intonation like getting from
one note to the next simply,
if you're just playing too hard.
It effects our tone, as well.
It's fine to play strong but it's not fine
if you're playing so strong that you're
distorting your sound, and again going
past the point of no return so to speak.
Well, great.
So work on this.
If you've got any questions let me know.
It'd be great to have you film yourself
playing this and shoot it off to me so
I can check you out and
a song like this is gonna typically,
the problems may occur
just because of the tempo.
It's pretty quick and so
sometimes we might tend to fall behind or
get off the time a little bit so I'd love
to hear what you're doing with it so
I can check you out and
make some comments.
Off to the next song.
Have fun.