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Okay, so here's another song for
you, Antonio Carlos Jobim's Quiet Nights,
or Corcovado.
So on this one, let's take a look.
Shall we?
It looks as though there is nothing
on this chart that we haven't
seen on any of the others.
No, there is not.
It's just a different song,
different order of things.
So like everything else we always
want to make sure we're aware of our
key signature.
Two sharps for us tenor players and
soprano players on this chart.
And that will mean that on the alto and
baritone chart it'll be three sharps,
it'll be in the key of A.
And we do have our big giant repeat.
So, on a chart like this where
you start off at the very,
very top with a repeat,
the very first thing you wanna do
is see where the repeat is
going to come back from.
So in this case, boy, it's all
the way at the very, very, bottom.
So it's just a matter of repeating
the entire song, the whole form.
So, yeah it looks like it's
really straightforward.
I wanna play this song for
you without the track and
like all these songs too we have
these fantastic MP3s that we can,
well, not that we can give them to you,
we are giving them to you.
It's all part of the deal.
So it's attached to this lesson.
You probably have them downloaded
already along with the PDFs.
So yeah.
You're welcome to follow along.
You're welcome to play along with me.
We'll certainly be playing along
together once we play with the track.
So here we go.
[NOISE] So about this tempo here.
I'm not gonna repeat it this time.
I will with the track, with the MP3.
But for the purposes of just
kind of reading it through,
we'll do it a little bit slower,
right about here.
And gonna kinda cool it on
the inflections and all that stuff.
Here we go, one, a two,
a one, two, three, go.
So there's a very tricky rhythm right
there at the beginning of the phrase.
Rather the melody sort of starts again,
but right in the last two bars,
I guess that'd be bars 15 and
16 right in here.
So make sure we're following along.
So this is a great example,
this is a really good reading
practice thing to work on, actually.
In terms of making sure that
your subdividing every beat.
One, and two, and three, and four,
and one, and two, and three, and four.
And making sure that all the up beats,
all of those eighth notes,
very first note begins on an upbeat.
That quarter note right here in bar one.
Begins on the and of one.
And wow, this is a really good one for
practicing those kinds of combinations
of rhythms between quarter notes,
and eighth notes obviously.
So if you have any trouble with this
whatsoever before you get into the track.
Practice it with a metronome.
Practice it with a metronome
that accents beat one.
Every metronome, every modern
metronome has that capability.
Where you can place an extra accent
at the beginning of the bar.
So this song is in four four time.
So every four beats you want
to put a little accent.
That way you know that
you're in the right place.
That way, cool.
There is a cool app by the way,
you may be familiar with it,
called the amazing slow downer.
And you guessed it, it takes
a piece of music and slows it down.
Excellent, and I use that a lot.
It's fantastic.
Not only does it slow things down.
It speeds things up, and
it transposes to different keys.
The farther away you get from the original
key the funnier it starts to sound,
but it's an incredibly great
learning tool, practicing tool.
So the amazing slow downer.
If you have a question
about where to find that,
shoot me a question on the forum and I'll
let you know exactly where to find it.
Okay so let's play along with the track
here and have some fun with this.
Here we go.
Okay, so I pretty much took everything in
my power not to inflect
the heck out of this melody.
I'm so used to playing it, but
I really wanted to play it as
straight as I could for you.
Because I want you to really get into
the reading aspect of this chart for
the purposes of this lesson.
So, again if it's too fast for you and
it's totally cool to slow it down.
I'm definitely advising
that you do slow it down.
Not only should you use a metronome to
make sure you're playing it in time,
but there is a metronome in
the tools section of my school,
you'll see it on this lesson.
And you can use that metronome and
slow it down and speed it up and
use that if you haven't got one
of your own, it's right there.
So yeah, it took everything
I could not to inflect more but
I certainly did inflect some.
And it was intentional,
I do want you to know that.
Because if you heard a certain scoop and
it sounded maybe better than the scoop
that you're using, I want you to
fear not because there is a lesson
in my curriculum on scoops,
there's a lesson on pretty much every
inflection that I could think of.
Turns and bends and vibrato and
whatever I could think of that I do.
So there you go,
I hope you enjoy reading this.
It's really kind of a, it's great,
it's not too difficult, but it's up there.
It's got some tricky little twists and
turns that you don't hear when
you're listening to it, but you
certainly see them when you look at it.
So have fun with Quiet Nights, and
we'll see you with the next tune.