Pianologist Live in Penang

Did a wedding gig in Penang, Malaysia recently. Had a wonderful line up, blessed with some wonderful talented musicians on stage. Here’s a youtube clip of us doing the famous Grover Washington Jr tune, just the two of us. One of my aim, when performing that song, was to find a comping pattern that would…

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Transcription and Lead Sheet of Chick Corea’s Humpty Dumpty

Chick Corea’s Humpty Dumpty piano solo transcription and lead sheet, with examples of polyrhythm application. Chick Corea’s Humpty Dumpty is an interesting and challenging tune the play, mainly because of two reasons: The harmony changes in the tune breaks away from the normal 2-5-1 progression that we expect. The length of the tune is actually…

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Polyrhythm

Polyrhythm is when we have two or more rhythms existing simultaneously. The most commonly used polyrhythms are the “two on three” and “three on two”. Shown below are two examples of  polyrhythms. Figure 1 Figure 2 In figure 1, the left hand is clearly playing the basic pulse of a 3/4 time. The right hand…

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