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A Nathan East didactic line
by Toni Moretti
tonimore@inwind.it

Hi everybody, this time I want to enclose a transcription that I use very much in my lessons.

It is a very interesting didactic piece by Nathan East, utilizing a "funk" phrasing. This way of playing is often found in ballads where we don't want to play a straight walking bass in "4", but we aim at obtaining a more modern sound.

Almost, we always find the tonics on the chords, but the passing notes between the chords are important (usually the thirds or a chromatism). Furthermore it's important the F min arpeggio on the fourth movement in the bar 48 and the consequent closing on the third and fourth movement of the following bar with the A flat pentatonic scale.

It's interesting to notice that in the bar 13 if we substitute the notes A flat and G flat respectively with G# and F# we obtain a E 9 chord. So I suggest to use the E chord fingering in that bar.

In a few cases (where it can help you) I put the fingerings (numbers above the notes) and the strings (roman numbers underneath the notes), to use as a guide.

Since it has me requested, I put an mp3 file of the piece with and without bass (where YOU can play over it) and a midifile of the bass line only. People who are not very keen on reading can appreciate that: it can be a good exercise.
As a matter of fact there are many who can play, but not all can write what they play!

T
his time you are gonna have some fun, ain't it? Ciao, Toni.

Piece with bass - MP3 (2.2 MB)
Piece without bass - MP3 (2.2 MB)
Bass line - MIDI



 





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