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Piano/Guitar Blues Improv

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This track is a collaboration between me (in Indianapolis) and my guitarist friend Pat Poulou (in France). We collaborated on this on another website similar to MJ, and I asked Pat if he would mind if I posted it here as well. Pat calls this tune "Jazz on Altair." It's a 16-bar blues progression. Pat plays all guitar and bass parts. Drums are loops, assembled by Pat. I had the easy part: just play piano, on top of Pat's already excellent track.

I use Synthogy Ivory, running through GB2 (but I just got iLife '06 a few days ago, just so I could use iWeb, to update my school web page). My controller is a Yamaha P-120. I have never found a digital piano with a more pleasing action. I connect it to the Mac via a MidiSport 2x2.

I usually play the blues in 12 bars. 16 bars took some getting used to. But you've got to stretch yourself now and then.
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Uploaded: Jun 25, 2006 - 01:18:23 PM
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said 4164 days ago (June 25th, 2006)
Light and Lively
Cool and playful.
Excellent playing.
BTW, this was just the tonic my ears needed after mixing a heavy metal
tune. :)
Scorpjammer said 4164 days ago (June 25th, 2006)
Comment dites-vous Groovy?
Looks like school's out and you're finding more playtime, John:)

'Sounds' like your summer is going well.

This one's right up my alley. Cool collab, John and monsieur Poulo!
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Tadashi Togawa said 4163 days ago (June 26th, 2006)
Good combination.
The piano and the guitar are sung well.
Beautiful one.

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said 4152 days ago (July 7th, 2006)
Complimented it very well
Nice keys! You did a great job in the break of the guitar to that Wahh sound, too...


. - Harold
Bowman said 4141 days ago (July 18th, 2006)
A fun and likable piece!
Not an expert on The Blues but I know what I like and I like this. You guys
where really jamming. I kind of lost the piano later on the mix got a little
murky toward the end but still a fun and likable piece. You guys should
do this again.
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chikoppi said 4108 days ago (August 20th, 2006)
Interlude to a lazy day
For some reason it seems like adding the piano to an existing mix
would be extra hard. You did a great job with it. The two parts feel
entirely natural together. I like your taste in the piano accompaniment.
You get the ornament and accent just right to create a nice
interchange/interplay between the instruments.

Some of the guitar effects (chorus, wah, distortion) rub me the wrong
way. They seem to fight the guitar tone rather than complimenting it.
That's a pretty minor nitpick.
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stratcat said 4092 days ago (September 5th, 2006)
I like it
Great collab, I love jazz/blues piano. Everything seems to fit well
together. Nice swingin blues/jazz combo. Nice work guys. Like the wah.
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said 3992 days ago (December 14th, 2006)
Thank You John
I'm very proud of this collab with you. You are one of my favorite jazz pianists. It was a real pleasure !

Cheers ;)

- Pat.
John Stebbe said 3990 days ago (December 16th, 2006)
Thanks, Pat
Thanks, Pat. You made it easy! You provided an excellent track to solo on. You're a real pro.

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The blues is a vocal and instrumental form of music based on a pentatonic scale and a characteristic twelve-bar chord progression. The form evolved in the United States in the communities of former African slaves from spirituals, praise songs, field

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