George Van Eps - Scott's Lullaby.pdf
hi! here's an updated version of the transcription, with corrections - thanks loads BLC for the help (and also the really kind words and positivity - it actually really made a difference to me last week, feeling that something I'd done purely for the sake of doing it, was being appreciated so much by at least one other person on the planet, so thanks again!).
I used a DC al Coda, ie go back to the beginning and play until the go to coda sign, then skip to coda - hopefully its the right terminology to use (it was half-remembered from my days as a kid studying percussion and playing in youth orchestras!), I thought it was better to use DC than using DS, then I wouldn't have to bother with the sign and all that… might be getting it mixed up here tho!
Corrected the tab for the measure that first appears in bar 15 - can't believe I missed that!!
The 10th with inner line motion in bar 8 - you're right the 10th is definitely sustained all the way isnt it?!.. so I wonder if maybe the last F of that bar should be played on the A string, fret 8, rather than d string fret 2?.. I left the tab how it was though as the only way I could find to play it was by using the LH thumb to play the Bb in the bass - which I thought GVE would have probably frowned upon!!
Anyway, the final version is below - also Paul I was wondering if I should take down the previous versions now? although maybe the chord grid one might be useful for someone if they prefer that to TAB/notation..?
As far as my transcribing process etc - I should clarify that I meant that this was one of my first jazz guitar transcriptions - I've done a fair bit of transcribing in the past, but only for pop songs - mainly on this insane job I had making the parts for a TV studio band for this karaoke type gameshow - between me, my cousin and my girlfriend of the time, we had to transcribe verse and chorus for over 300 chart songs 1950-present day, which was a fascinating exercise and lead to loads of interesting little observations…eg the really high proportion of pre 1980s number one records that speed up exactly 3bpm for the chorus, then back down again for verses…. anyway, I got used to using a computer, syncing whatever tune I was transcribing to the metronome and then looping it bar by bar to hear exactly what's going on. Theres also some stand-alone software I've seen that's specially written for this kind of thing - one called "Transcribe!" which looks quite good - you can slow down the track without affecting the pitch etc.. The ultimate in music software at the moment for me though has to be Melodyne DNA editor - if you were so inclined you could go into any Van Eps tune and retune just his B string, or make all 9ths into flat 9s, or shift all bass notes up a tone, all without being able to tell that it wasnt originally recorded like that! not sure why you'd want to do that in the first place but it really is amazing! - I've used it for retuning chords, when I've got a limited amount of say, brass samples, to work with - you can make one chord into anything you want, major, minor, dominant, diminished augmented etc,, also sometimes good for creating pseudo backing vocal parts when all you've been given is a lead vocal part - good for remixes etc..
also thanks Glenn for the offer of the Van Eps Method book - I actually managed to download a PDF ages ago from somewhere or other, and after seeing how great it was, got a copy off Amazon for £2 or something like that!! Excellent book! Much more my level than the Harmonic Mechanisms books, which are intimidating to say the least…!