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Hanging out with Peter

Steven Troch's picture
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The backing track comes from Dennis Gruenling's Bad Ass Harmonica jam trax (12 bar swing in the key of D)

I use the Hohner Super Chromonica 270 Deluxe (12-hole) and a Hohner Crossover in G (diatonic).
The song has a ii - V - I transition giving it a jazzy feel. I drew some inspiration from "The Inkspots", a vocal group from the 30'-40' and some saxplayers like Illinois Jacquet to get into the groove and mood.

Chorus 1 & 2: Head (using single notes, false octaves & octaves)
Chorus 3: AAB - turnaround based on William Clarke's opening like from a song called "The Boss"
Chorus 4: AAB - lick loosely based on chorus 4 of study song "No sweat" (slides and slaps)
Chorus 5: AAA (t) - almost AAA using the same lick but than adding a turnaround
Chrous 6: A B/A C - hornlike riff - using the slide on hole 3 on the I chord
Chorus 7: ABC
Chorus 8: changing to G-harp
Chorus 9: playing Dizzy Gillespie's Oo Pa Pa Da and adding a jazzy saxplayers turnaround
Chorus 10: AAB : thrills
Chorus 11: ABC
Chrous 12: Head on the diatonic (for me it sounded much nicer on the chromatic)

I hope y'all enjoy it!!!!

Steven Troch

Comments

Thank you!!

Steven Troch's picture

A big thanks to the judges (David Barrett, Gary Smith and Mark Hummel) and everybody who in one way or another was involved with "King of Swing" . Thanx !!!!!!!!!!!!!

Congratulations!

philrader's picture

Well done - good luck in the finals!

Thank you,

Steven Troch's picture

Thank you Phil!!

Congratulations!

jodanchudan's picture

I was sure this had to make it to the finals - it's a great track! Good luck!

Thanks Jon

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Thanks Jon!!

Congratulations!

walterjuke's picture

Wonderful stuff! Great tone, very tuneful, love the horn like licks. I also appreciate mixing it up between 'false' and true octaves as Mark mentioned.

Thanks Walterjuke!!

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Thanks Walterjuke!!

Congratulations!

robfraser's picture

Well done Steven, again an obvious choice and well deserved place! Enjoy the finals!

Thank you Rob!!

Steven Troch's picture

Thank you Rob!!

Congratulations Steven

patricia mifsud's picture

Was great to see this entry was chosen!!

Thank you Patrica!!!

Steven Troch's picture

Thank you Patrica!!!

congratulations!!!

diabluz's picture

very very nice tune Steven!!! I enjoyed a lot the diatonic part

Thanks Javier!!

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Thanks Javier!!

Congratulations!

Troy Wilson's picture

And good luck in the finals!.

Thanks Troy!!

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Thank you Troy!!

Gary Smith Judging

Gary Smith's picture

swings... a little over the top on the chro with the button use in the middle... like some of the diatonic licks at the end

I like the Walter-ish false

Mark Hummel's picture

I like the Walter-ish false octive work here but also real octives-I love the idea of mixing them up-Clarke did that alot as well!. Your timing is very solid throughout. I like the way you're hitting on some major notes on chrom. Very good execution thru the entire piece. I hear where you used bits & pieces of different horn players as well & I approve! The diatonic at the end works well-you pull this off splendidly! Another very solid entry-you guys are making this tough to pick out who gets what placing in the competition!

David Barrett Judging

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Here we go!

CH1 - Nice head / nice, relaxed feel / nice use of fake octaves and then octaves near the end
CH2 - Nice repetitive lick here / Nice transition at the end... it would have been really cool to have it end on the downbeat of the new chorus... having the resolution note be the first note of the new chorusses lick
CH3 - Nice use of the 6th
CH4 - Nice matching rhythm of the guitar here
CH5 - Bold playing here... it works
CH6 - Floating here and good use of tone change
CH7 - Switch to diatonic... nice use of horn mimicking here
CH8 - Same / Nice turnaround!
CH9 - Good of shakes here!
CH10 - Nice improvising here
CH11 - Nice use of the head on the diatonic here

Well played!

Very Nice!

kcairns's picture

Most people shy away from using the Chromatic for blues, but good to hear you using it here. Love that BIG sound you get, which resonates from it, that you don't get on the diatonic. Keep up the good work!

Oh Yeah!!!

hank stefaniak's picture

Well done - cool chrome licks and solid chorus forms. Repetition works well to emphasize melody line and switch to diatonic is smooth and emphasizes the different tone and solid articulation!! Good one!!

Very cool!

robfraser's picture

You work your way around the big stick very fluently and the contrast from the diatonc works really well! Very cool entry with such a laid back jazzy groove. Great stuff!

That is so good!

patricia mifsud's picture

I loved it-thats what swing is all about-great work!

well done!!!

Troy Wilson's picture

This make me want to get my chromatic out of its box, well done.

Fantastic!

jodanchudan's picture

Fantastic! I like everything about this - and it's proof that using chorus forms is what makes a strong, memorable instrumental.Great job - listening to this has made me determined to learn the chromatic!