100 Major II-V-I Bebop Lines SK “Single-Key” Edition

Dear all,

Greetings!

I am writing to let you know the complete set of “100 Major II-V-I Bebop Lines SK Edition” is now uploaded to the Downloads section at JKChang.com.  The SK “Single Key” Edition features bebop lines from the original “100 Major II-V-I Bebop Lines vol. 1” organized into individual key. This organization is designed to help improvisers to work on II-V-I lines in specific keys and might be helpful additions as the pre-chromatic transposition exercises.

Edition Information:

“This volume of the Jazz Improvisation Series, an extension of 100 Major II-V-I Bebop Lines, emphasizes upon major II-V-I jazz lines stylized in the Bebop tradition. In this edition, 100 Bebop lines are grouped into single keys to facilitate the development and familiarity of Bebop idiom of specified key. It is recommended that users start the exercises in a comfortable speed and gradually build up the facility to satisfy the technical demands in faster tempos.”

PDF file (200+ pages) is located in the Downloads page.  Click “Featured Download” banner to access the corresponding page for SK Edition.  Additionally, please submit your ideas and suggestions in the “comment” section of “Downloads” page if you have specific requests for new biab materials.  Please leave suggestions for existing projects in their corresponding pages. Thank you.

As always, I hope these materials will be useful to some of you:-)

Regards,

J.K.

Capo 1.1.4

The world of programs to slow down songs to figure them out has another member, Capo ($49). Right off the bat, this program has a great interface.
Capo Screen Shot
Smooth, and Mac. It also has a great vocal remover. And you can export sections of the songs to a file, or if you removed the vocals, you can save it to a file. You can also add markers for sections of the song and stuff. Pretty cool.

Yet…..for a $1 more, you can get Transcribe, which might not have the amazing Mac interface, but has way more functionality….like using the markers to divide up the beats between measure markers. Or the spectrum analysis (which is EXTREMELY helpful).

So, while I like Capo’s feel, for the same price, you can get Transcribe….which is better. Maybe if they dropped the price to $25 or so, it might be worth having in the arsenal. But not for $49 when there is something way better for that price.

Mixing a Big Band CD – Part 1

Back in August of 2007 and January of 2008, a Big Band that I play in recorded two live performances for a “Demo CD”. Well, in the 2 some years since we made the two recordings, the project has become a full-blown album that is currently playing on Jazz Radio stations and available on the iTunes store. This is the multipart story of how I mixed 8 of the 17 songs on the CD.

The original idea was that we wanted more gigs, and that a lot of people wanted to hear the band before booking it, so we needed a “Demo CD”. At the time we had live recordings that I was making using my Rode NT 4, but a lot of them suffered from crowd noise, wind noise, etc. We wanted something a little bit better. So, we hired someone to do a live recording of the band. Each person individually mic’d, etc, etc. The first concert was in August of 2007, part of a Jazz thing the area puts on (though I don’t think they did it this year…..darn economy). It was held at the Blackhawk Auto Museum.

If you have been to the museum, or look at the pictures…..it is a recording person’s nightmare. Marble floors, surfaces where things bounce off of (cars, pillars, people), plus crowd noise. The crowd was there for a night of socializing and stuff, and as the evening went on, the noise became louder and louder (more on that in later). Anyhow, we had the concert, I made a live recording using my gear, and listened to it. Lots of noise, people talking, eating, dropping glasses, etc. Lots of reverb from the room (more like a Batcave to me).

The mix engineer pretty much decided that the session wasn’t going to yield a lot of material. I think he looked at 3 tracks or so. The project pretty much sat in limbo until the next concert where the scene was totally different. An actual performing arts center. A quiet audience. Acoustic grand piano (the Blackhawk gig the piano player used a keyboard). Different lead alto. Different microphones. Pretty much totally the opposite of the first recording session.

In the interval between the two concerts, I won a contest. Yeah. It DOES happen to people. So, suddenly I had stuff that was like…..pro level. Stuff I didn’t now how to use (I was a Digital Performer person since…..forever). And in January of 2008, my trusty old PowerMac Quicksilver 2002 (or my hackintosh, since I upgraded it to dual processor, etc etc) died and I replaced it with a 2008 MacPro Dual Quad-Core. The stars were aligning. In I believe March of 2008 I got to go to a mixing session. I had mentioned to the engineer that I had recently come into a ProTools setup (M-Powered), and if I could maybe get the tracks to the first concert to mess around with to get my feet wet in ProTools and whatnot. He agreed, and during that session in March, I brought a portable drive with me, and he loaded up a blank session (with like 3 edits he did) that was the Blackhawk concert. Something like 18 tracks totaling over 20 gigs of data……

Part two (what I got…..what a mess!) Coming soon.

Big Thanks To All!

About a year or so ago, I added Google Ads to my various websites. I chose to do a rather unobtrusive banner ad rather than something more obnoxious like everything you click on brings up a popup. Well, I finally got a check from Google. So, those clicks on ads do actually turn into money! It took about a year to get past the $100 mark. Can we do it sooner this time? Maybe? So far we are at $6….

Perhaps I’ll put something cool up from my archives if we can reach $100 within a shorter time……wonder how much money I could make if everything little thing caused a popup ad to happen…..hmmm………