Free Vibraphone Lesson

Free Vibraphone Lesson

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

TOTM - Minority - My Chords - Your Rhythms

Courtesy of Tony Miceli and

Here's one chorus of Minority. Your job is to memorize the changes and then you comp and add the rhythms.

Check out bar 5. Notice I don't have the third (Ab) in the chord. Do you think it matters? Here's what I want you to do. Play the melody, listen to a recording of the tune. By that I mean know the tune. Now play my etude. By the time you get to bar 5 you will hear minor even without the 3rd!

On the gig, if you play the melody right and the chords in the beginning well, you've just taught the audience the tune. You don't have to force feed the notes to them. Everything is in context to the tune. So you're good to go. If you don't play the 3rd or the root or the 7th I think they will hear it. The vibes are great in this context, our sound is very open since we only have 4 mallets as opposed to 10 fingers. Pianists will play a lot of 5 and 6 note voicings. We play 2,3 and 4 note voicings which I think gives us a great sound.

Listen to a flute quartet and then listen to a flute trio to say what one less voice does to the music. It's a big difference!

Also, write in the chords and the extensions so you know what they are. You can get the changes anywhere including the Irealbook.

- Tony Miceli

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