Posted: Tue Apr 24, 2012 4:09 pm Post subject: Actual Proof
I have always loved your playing and Tribal Tech's music, to the point that I
quit playing guitar for quite a while because I didn't see any point in polluting
the world with my own noise when there are guys like tribal tech that play
a kind of music I could never come up with, no matter how hard I tried.
Well, getting older, I am not that strict anymore.
Recently I read in an interview with a German guitar player magazine that
you have been playing Herbie Hancock's "Actual Proof" since you were a kid.
That is again quite frustrating for me. I have always liked this tune, and I
have a real book lead sheet. I know how to play many standard tunes, II-V-I's, have exposed myself to a lot of Jazz harmony on the level of "Joe Pass Guitar Style", but my concepts are probably way too old-fashioned. With this tune (as well as with most other stuff from Tribal Tech, or e.g. from Miles Davis or Zawinul) I am nevertheless totally lost.
There seems to be a large harmonic gap between standard Jazz tunes like "All the things you are" or "Have you met Miss Jones" and the harmonic concepts of modern fusion. But I suspect that the modern fusion compositions also follow some set of rules derived from e.g. major, melodic and harmonic minor, diminished scales analysis.
Q: Is there a transcription/arrangement/analysis available for "Actual Proof"?
Q: Based on your teaching experience, can you recommend an accessible source for analyzing and understanding the harmonic skeleton of modern fusion compositions?
Thanks for reading that far
Cheers from Austria, Andy
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