[Dixielandjazz] Sing Song Girl
Gluetje1 at aol.com
Gluetje1 at aol.com
Sun Oct 18 16:19:33 PDT 2009
I have needed to dance as fast as I can to try and catch up just a bit with
coming late to jazz also. With questions like yours about Sing Song Girl
I start with the Internet looking up the song, the composer, the era, the
slang, etc. Since my once upon a time schooled history had almost nothing
to do with the twentieth century, it has been a wonderful way to finally
learn a bit more history.
As far as coming late to using one ears for finding melodies and chords I
don't know any fast or painless way to begin that. I am of the opinion
that this ability is on a bell curve as is whatever an IQ test measures, etc.
So all I know to advise is to start with simple tunes you know well, trail
and error or such as the melody to say, "Happy Birthday", then the chords,
then try again on another starting note; i.e., in another key. We may
never get expert but we can get better than we were.
In a message dated 10/18/2009 4:54:13 A.M. Central Daylight Time,
allanbrown at dsl.pipex.com writes:
Thanks again folks. It's a pretty bizarre song, I can't work out what it's
supposed to be about. Was it originally part of a stage show or something?
Thanks for the fakebook leads. Goodness, that Charles Anderson collection
astonishing! There must be hundreds of gems buried in there. However, I
think I'll begin by looking about the http://www.ultimatebanjo.com/ site.
The trouble is I know so few of the songs that I wouldn't really know where
I have real trouble trying to transcribe or even play melody lines and
chords from tunes I like (or dislike for that matter.) I tried for hours to
work out the melody for Persian Rug of my guitar and when the lead sheets
came through I realised I wasn't even close. I know there's no quick fix
this sort of thing, but I refuse to be beaten and am very riled by the
thought that some people have a natural gift for this and I don't!
Does anyone have any thoughts about the most effective way of developing
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