I have been trying to plug the patterns into the tunes, at tempo. It has been challenging to say the least. In thinking about how to get over my current hurdle, I remembered how Charlie Banacos required me to record myself for each of our correspondence lessons. It worked back then, so I decided to "give it a go" using Coltrane's "26-2". Here are 10 patterns inserted into the form, played to the accompaniment of a Jamey Abersold play-a-long CD:
I forgot to record pattern #6, but recorded an additional pattern at the end. :)
Over time, I hope to be able to play these back-to-back, and mix and match patterns freely. I feel that I am still a fair ways away from being able to do this.
This week I plan to:
- continue playing along with Jamey Abersold recordings.
- dispense with the Giant Steps Workout Worksheet and playing the progression in 12 keys (for now).
- emphasize transcribing --- notating and learning both Coltrane solos, and solos by more contemporary artists playing John Coltrane pieces from this "Giant Steps" period.
Through transcribing I hope to get a better grasp of how to balance the patterns with simplistic melodic material, to create a cohesive solo.