Thursday, August 7, 2008

A Chord A Day Presents: Blue Monk


Well, this isn't a chord post but instead I'm posting a recent video of me playing Blue Monk - a jazz blues composed by Thelonious Monk. For the most part, I only worked out the head (the melody section) and the solo section is a combination of chords, single note lines, double stops and some walking bass lines with chords.

The chords I used in this performance are what I consider to be Joe Pass-inspired chord vocabulary. Joe is a great inspiration to me particularly when I started out learning jazz guitar. My favorite album is the Virtuoso: Live! album and his later CD entitled Songs For Ellen. It is a very sparse album with mostly him playing the melody of the songs and not much soloing (if any) but I really relate to the feel of the album.

Anyway, here's my take on Blue Monk!

PS - I'll be starting to post new chords in this coming week..

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PainfulTaco said...

Wow, that was amazing. I like your technique! A+.

Az Samad said...

thank you! glad you liked it.

best wishes,

Anonymous said...

i love your playing. i learnt everyone of your a chord a day posts
check out my band.
nothing compared to you tho

much respect,