We got given the task of writing a composition based on one of the seven deadly sins. I chose to do a piece based on envy and wrath. But I created a piece based on the aftermath of wrath/envy. This is because its calm and slow and i’m using ideas based on more finger tapping but influencing chords into my piece as well as individual notes. I have more ideas to put into this piece as well, but I need the opportunity to record and work on it in detail for the song to develop well. I was influenced by trying to improve my finger tapping, I’ve now learnt pull-off and chord tapping during creating this piece.
Our task was to write a piece using either 7/8 or 11/8 or both. I decided to create a piece differently to how I usually write bass lines. I used finger tapping styles with slides on notes to create a 7/8 composition. I found this interesting to do and used my skill of what I learnt with my bass teacher a while ago. I think I need to add to this composition and record it properly so I can build on the piece and develop my finger tapping skills even more. My composition was influenced by my bass teacher and also by the band Dream Theater. But I want to improve my finger tapping skills because it might be useful in more compositions. I’ve only written a verse and a chorus to the composition.
Verse includes: finger tapping and the sequence includes E, B, F#(slide up), G# (slide down to) F# again, then A, E, C#(slide down to B), A, G#, F#. I like this because I use slides to create patterns. For example the first slide has the perfect 5th of E and B included. The slide down on the second part moves down to a perfect 4th of the E played before the slide down.
Chorus includes: The chorus includes the same root notes E and B played before each slide. The first slide is a slide up from F# to a G#. The second slide is a slide down from a D# to a C#. Then the third slide switches each time, from sliding down from a G# to a F# the first time round and sliding up from a G# to a A second time.
Our task was to substitute/change the chords in a jazz standard. The song out of the list that I used was ‘blue Moon’- Frank Sinatra. I chose this song because it was a song that I previously heard so I had more of the understanding already of the song. But I found it hard to find the chords and notation for the song. Once I found the chords for the song, I decided to change all the chords in the song. This was by changing all the minors in the song to their relative majors and all the major chords to their relative minors. Then I writ the chords out. I think to improve, I need to be able to know what the chord are on the guitar.