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Some Skunk Funk - An Analysis

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Murray Bishop

on 15 June 2014

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Transcript of Some Skunk Funk - An Analysis

Rhythm
Based on the 16th note
(You can see it very obviously in the horn lines)
Very syncopated bassnote lines, melody lines
what is syncopation?
help me find some syncopated bass lines?
Some Skunk Funk
Solo
Quick Revision.
What are some of the main elements of fusion?
How is this different to other forms of music that you have studied?
Melody
Melody exercise
You'll need paper and pen.
Harmony
Static Chord Progressions
One chord for an extended period of time.
Up to the soloist to create the interest NOT the composer!
Have a look at your scores, how many bars does the G7#9 chord go for?
Some Skunk Funk - An Analysis
By the end of today you will be able to...
Critically analyse each instrument playing in Some Skunk Funk from a written score.
Play polychords on the piano.
Improvise motivic development on the piano.

If I'm a lazy piano player (I am) who doesn't like playing a lot of different chords, would I generally be better off playing a fusion or bebop chart?
Why?
After Michael Breckers sax solo (trumpet solo beginning) something happens with the rhythm section (listen for the bass/drums)
What is it?
Why do think it happens?
Angular Melody
Notes that clash, sound dissonant together
Large intervals instead of nice smooth scalic runs
Have a look at the score, how close were you?
Polychords
A triad on the top of a bass note
Usually notated as C/Db for example.
Sound great because they open up a lot of notes that aren't usually in that chord (alterations)
Can you find any in your score?
Let's play some!
Side Stepping
Moving the chord up or down within a tone (usually semitone)
Happens around bar 19 onwards.
In the polychordal section
Gives the illusion of being harmonically advanced
Rubber Band Theory
You can only play "out there" stuff for so long.
You have to find a way back from your crazy "out there" 16th note runs.
Simple rhythmic catchy phrases work well
leaving space for rhythm section to interact with you.
Can we see evidence of this in the transcription?
Motivic Development
Pick a simple idea
Embellish and expand it
Build other ideas from that original idea
Let's do our own!
Remember So What?
Can we find Michael Brecker doing this in his solo?

Polychords
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