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bobdullam

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Have not seen any ref. to that on youtube, or on the site. would love to hear his take on giant steps(coltrane).
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Hi Bob,
I haven't run across anything in Ted's archive on Giant Steps....perhaps he discussed it in a private lesson or a seminar, but I don't believe there's anything on paper.
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As you know, Giant Steps moves through key areas by major thirds.  Hence, the name: half steps, whole steps, one and half steps, "giant" steps ( = major thirds).

I remember discussing Giant Steps with Ted in a lesson and he really liked the sound of moving chord progressions through different keys, modulating by thirds.  He liked to mix major third and minor third modulations according to his taste.

Many of Ted's lesson pages encourage you to play the examples in all keys.  The order of the keys that first springs to mind is what he called "back cycling" or "the cycle of fourths," by which he meant the normal traversal of the circle of fifths in a counter clockwise direction.  But when he tired of this pattern, he liked to move through keys a third away, and in this you can see the influence of Giant Steps.  So sometimes you can look at some of his lesson sheets and see this kind of practice of playing the same progressions in new keys a third away.  On some sheets, he suggests a sequence of keys and quite often these move by thirds.

I definitely remember playing a simple chord melody version of Giant Steps using V-2 chords. Not sure how much I did this under my own initiative or with encouragement by Ted.

Certainly Ted's forte was not playing rapid single note solos with bebop lines but there is no question that he had great knowledge of the style and deep interest in its harmonic subtleties.
Anders

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I found this by accident today when I looked at some old videos of Ted.
Starting at 7:50

Deparko

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That is awesome..is Ted using "long meter"?
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Nice find, I like when he gets into the bossa nova feel. [wink]
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