In my last couple of piano lessons, i’ve been doing a bit of improvisation over a 12 bar blues phrase. A few things are clicking into place now with scales etc. but it will take a while and a lot of practice. I recorded the whole backing track with drums, bass, piano and clarinet (on keyboard) and then played piano over the top. So here it is!
Also, just to prove I have been doing something else, below is a sneak preview of an initial idea that is likely to warp into Tentacle 5…. Its a loop in 5/4 time, created on my brand new Korg Microstation’s sequencer!!! As i was working on some improvisation I thought i’d record the main loop and just have a go at a solo over the top. No fancy recording, this was a video camera pointed at me, press record and go. I’d had some beers (as you can see from the bottle of Stella in the pic – there was even a beer break during recording), so there are bum notes and dodgy timing all over the place (notice how I blame the beer) and it goes on a bit long because i was in the moment! If this is spotted, i will simply defend it by saying it was “free-jazz” and therefore it is exactly as it is meant to be, its just the listener needs to pay more attention 🙂
So it was the first use of my new and final (haha) piece of gear – the Korg Microstation. I love playing my Yamaha piano, but it has a very limited range of sounds. Space is limited, so i searched around for something small with a vast array of sounds and came across the Microstation. Its discontinued now, so was a bit difficult to track down. I managed to get an ex-display one hiding on someones shelf in Glasgow for a good price (Guitar Guitar – who were very helpful – even for a bunch of string twangers ;o) Its got a sequencer on board (although you’d need a PhD in computer science to be able to record a full song on it!), but its great for banging down some quick ideas like the clip above when I don’t really want to get the computer out. Good times!